Professor Peymané Adab MD, MPH, MBChB, FFPH, FHKCCM

Professor Peymané Adab

Institute of Applied Health Research
Professor of Chronic Disease Epidemiology & Public Health

Contact details

College of Medical and Dental Sciences
Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT

Peymané has been Professor of Public Health at the University of Birmingham since 2013 and leads the Chronic Disease Management Team in the Institute of Applied Health Research. Over the last 18 years she has developed a national and international portfolio of work in public health and chronic disease epidemiology, focusing on prevention and behavioural medicine. This includes programmes on obesity prevention and management, particularly in children and minority ethnic groups, as well as research on the epidemiology, early identification and management of COPD.  She has expertise in using mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative studies) to aid the development and evaluation of complex interventions.

Peymané also takes an active role in teaching, having previously been director of the Graduate Entry Course in Medicine, and deputy director of the Birmingham MPH course.


  • Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health (2007)
  • MD, University of Birmingham (2002)
  • Fellowship of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine (1999)
  • MPH, University of Birmingham (1996)
  • MBChB, University of Liverpool (1990)


Postgraduate supervision

Peymané Adab’s research interests are twofold, including behavioural epidemiology (specifically childhood obesity prevention) and chronic disease epidemiology (focusing on the epidemiology of COPD). She holds major grants in these areas from the National Institute for Health Research and, in the past, from the Medical Research Council.

Professor Adab has successfully supervised five PhD students in the last few years, who have moved on to academic careers. She currently supervises four PhD students working in childhood obesity prevention and COPD epidemiology.


Chronic disease epidemiology

Specifically: a) Behavioural medicine, focusing on childhood obesity prevention

b) Epidemiology of COPD

Other activities

Funding Boards:

  • Member of NIHR PHR Funding Board (2014-2020); deputy director from 2017
  • Member of ERS Standing Evaluation Committee for the review of fellowship applications (2013-17)
  • Member of NIHR RfPB committee, West Midlands (June 2009 – 2013)

Expert advisor:

  • Expert advisor to the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
  • Topic expert committee member for NICE Public Health Advisory Committee “Maintaining a healthy weight and preventing excess weight gain among children and adults” (2014-15)
  • Expert member on NICE Programme Development group on “Lifestyle weight management services for overweight and obese children and young people” (2012-2013)

Other Professional/expert roles:

  • Trustee for the Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO), UK (2014-2017)
  • Member of Cardiovascular Health Working Group, Faculty of Public Health (2008-2011) 


  • Clinical appraiser for PHE
  • Chair TSC for NIHR funded Action 330, Bristol University (2017-18)
  • Chair TSC for NIHR funded fellowship, Leeds University – the HENRY study (2015-2018)
  • Chair Data Monitoring Committee for NIHR funded trial “Families for Health” Warwick University (2012-2015)
  • South Birmingham Local Research Ethics Committee (2004-2008)

Teaching related:

  • External panel member for Foundation degree programme development (Public Health in Practice) – Ipswich University, 2009
  • External examiner for UWE MSc in Public Health (2008 to 2012)


Recent publications


Dickens, A, Fitzmaurice, D, Adab, P, Sitch, A, Riley, RD, Enocson, A & Jordan, R 2020, 'Accuracy of Vitalograph lung monitor as a screening test for COPD in primary care', NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 1-8.

Breheny, K, Passmore, S, Adab, P, Martin, J, Hemming, K, Lancashire, E & Frew, E 2019, 'Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the Daily Mile on childhood weight outcomes and wellbeing: a cluster randomised controlled trial', International Journal of Obesity.

Griffin, T, Sun, Y, Sidhu, M, Adab, P, Burgess, A, Collins, C, Daley, A, Entwistle, A, Frew, E, Hardy, P, Hurley, K, Jones, L, Mcgee, E, Pallan, M, Young, M, Morgan, PJ & Jolly, K 2019, 'Healthy dads, healthy kids UK, a weight management programme for fathers: feasibility RCT', British Medical Journal Open, vol. 9, no. 12, e033534.

Sheikh, A, Campbell, H, Balharry, D, Adab, P, Barreto, ML, Bauld, L, Cooper, P, Cruz, A, Davidson, FM, Dodd, P, Enocson, A, Fitch, N, Griffiths, C, Grigg, J, Heyderman, RS, Jordan, R, Katikireddi, SV, Kuo, S, Kwambana-Adams, B, Leyland, AH, Mortimer, K, Mosler, G, Obasi, A, Orme, M, Readshaw, A, Savio, M, Siddiqi, K, Sifaki-Pistolla, D, Singh, S, Squire, B, Tsiligianni, I & Williams, S 2019, 'The UK's Global Health Respiratory Network: Improving respiratory health of the world's poorest through research collaborations', Journal of Global Health, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 020104.

Li, B, Pallan, M, Liu, WJ, Hemming, K, Frew, E, Lin, R, Liu, W, Martin, J, Zanganeh, M, Hurley, K, Cheng, KK & Adab, P 2019, 'The CHIRPY DRAGON intervention in preventing obesity in Chinese primary-school aged children: a cluster randomised controlled trial', PLoS Medicine, vol. 16, no. 11, e1002971.

Keene , SJ, Jordan, R, Franssen, FME, de Vries, F, Martin, J, Sitch, A, Turner, A, Dickens, A, Fitzmaurice, D & Adab, P 2019, 'External validation of the updated ADO score in COPD patients from the Birmingham COPD cohort', International journal of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, vol. 14, pp. 2395—2407.

Retat, L, Pimpin, L, Webber, L, Jaccard, A, Lewis, A, Tearne, S, Hood, K, Christian-Brown, A, Adab, P, Begh, R, Jolly, K, Daley, A, Farley, A, Lycett, D, Nickless, A, Yu, L-M, Jebb, S & Aveyard, P 2019, 'Screening and brief intervention for obesity in primary care: cost-effectiveness analysis in the BWeL trial', International Journal of Obesity, vol. 43, no. 10, pp. 2066-2075.

Rai, K, Dogra, S, Barber, S, Adab, P & Summerbell, C 2019, 'A scoping review and systematic mapping of health promotion interventions associated with obesity in Islamic religious settings in the UK', Obesity Reviews, vol. 20, no. 9, pp. 1231-1261.

Watson, J, Adab, P, Jordan, R, Enocson, A & Greenfield, S 2019, 'Barriers & enablers for primary health care practitioners when referring patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to pulmonary rehabilitation : a qualitative study', British Journal of General Practice .

Canaway, A, Frew, E, Lancashire, E, Pallan, M, Hemming, K & Adab, P 2019, 'Economic evaluation of a childhood obesity prevention programme for children: results from the WAVES cluster randomised controlled trial conducted in schools', PLoSONE, vol. 14, no. 7, e0219500.

Lambe, T, Adab, P, Jordan, R, Sitch, A, Enocson, A, Jolly, K, Marsh, J, Riley, RD, Miller, M, Cooper, BG, Turner, A, Ayres, J, Stockley, RA, Greenfield, S, Siebert, S, Daley, A, Cheng, K, Fitzmaurice, D & Jowett, S 2019, 'Model-based evaluation of the long-term cost-effectiveness of systematic case-finding for COPD in primary care', Thorax, vol. 74, pp. 730-739.

Pallan, M, Griffin, T, Hurley, K, Lancashire, E, Blissett, J, Frew, E, Griffith, L, Hemming, K, Jolly, K, Mcgee, E, Thompson, J, Jackson, L, Gill, P, Parry, J & Adab, P 2019, 'Cultural adaptation of an existing children's weight management programme: the CHANGE intervention and feasibility RCT', Health Technology Assessment, vol. 23, no. 33, pp. 1-166.

Pallan, M, Griffin, T, Hurley, K, Lancashire, E, Blissett, J, Frew, E, Gill, P, Griffith, L, Jolly, K, Mcgee, E, Parry, J, Thompson, J & Adab, P 2019, 'Cultural adaptation of a children's weight management programme: Child weigHt mANaGement for Ethnically diverse communities (CHANGE) study', BMC Public Health, vol. 19, 848.

Jolly, K, Griffin, T, Sidhu, M, Adab, P, Burgess, A, Collins, C, Daley, A, Entwistle, A, Frew, E, Hardy, P, Hurley, K, Jones, L, Mcgee, E, Pallan, M, Sun, Y, Young, M & Morgan, P 2019, 'A weight management programme for fathers: cultural adaptation of Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids UK and feasibility RCT', Public Health Research.

Pan, J, Adab, P, Jiang, CQ, Zhang, WS, Zhu, X-F, Jin, YL, Thomas, GN & Lam, TH 2019, 'All-cause and cause-specific mortality from restrictive and obstructive spirometric patterns in Chinese adults with and without dyspnea: Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study', Respiratory Medicine, vol. 151, pp. 66-80.

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