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 is a public health physician and Professor of Chronic Disease Epidemiology & Public Health.

Her research interests are in chronic disease epidemiology and behavioural medicine. This includes a portfolio of work 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.

Areas of research include:

-          School health promotion interventions (diet, physical activity, obesity)

-          Obesity prevention and management    

-          Evaluation of health policy interventions

-          Child wellbeing interventions

-          Screening and early diagnosis of chronic disease (undiagnosed COPD, cervical cancer and obesity)

-          Tobacco control (prevention and smoking cessation interventions)

-          Role of occupation and employment on health (including COPE-WM to examine the relative contribution of occupational, sociodemographic and clinical risk factors for SARS-CoV-2 infection among healthcare workers.

She currently chairs the NIHR Public Health Research Committee and is a member of the Obesity Health Alliance Independent Obesity Strategy Working Group. She was an expert advisor to the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on obesity, a Trustee of the Association for the Study of Obesity (UK), member of the MRC-NIHR Methodology Advisory Group, and part of the College of Experts for the European Respiratory Society Standing Evaluation Committee.  

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

Honorary clinical contract held with Public Health England

Honorary Professor of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong

Funding Boards:

  • Chair of NIHR PHR Funding Committee (July 2019--); deputy chair 2017- 2019; Member from 2014
  • Member NIHR COVID Recovery and Learning Committee (2020)
  • 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:

  • Member of Obesity Health Alliance Independent Obesity Strategy Working Group, 2019-2020
  • Member of The Health Foundation Improvement Research Programme Scoping Panel, 2019-2020
  • Member of MRC-NIHR Methodology Advisory Group, 2019
  • 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 PHR funded MapMe Trial (2020-)
  • Chair TSC for NIHR PHR funded feasibility study, Action 3:30 (2017-2019)
  • 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


Pan, Z, Dickens, A, Chi, C, Kong, X, Enocson, A, Adab, P, Cheng, KK, Sitch, A, Jowett, S & Jordan, R 2020, 'A study to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of different screening strategies for identifying undiagnosed COPD amongst residents (≥40 years) in four cities in China: protocol for a multicenter cross-sectional study. On behalf of the Breathe Well group', BMJ open.

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.

Adab, P, Jordan, R, Fitzmaurice, D, Ayres, J, Cheng, KK, Cooper, B, Daley, A, Dickens, A, Enocson, A, Greenfield, S, Haroon, S, Jolly, K, Jowett, S, Lambe, T, Martin, J, Miller, M, Rai, K, Riley, RD, Sadhra, S, Sitch, A, Siebert, S, Stockley, RA & Turner, A 2020, 'Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in primary care; from case finding to improving patient outcomes: the Birmingham Lung Improvement Studies (BLISS) research programme', ERO .

Breheny, K, Passmore, S, Adab, P, Martin, J, Hemming, K, Lancashire, E & Frew, E 2020, 'Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the Daily Mile on childhood weight outcomes and wellbeing: a cluster randomised controlled trial', International Journal of Obesity, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 812-822.

Gjorgjievski, D, Ristovska, R, Stavrikj, K, Farley, A, Adab, P, Adams, R, Dickens, A, Enocson, A, Stanoevski, G, Gale, N, Jowett, S, Rai, K, Sitch, A, Stamenova, A, Krstevska, E & Jordan, R 2020, 'Effectiveness of combining feedback about lung age or exhaled carbon monoxide levels with Very Brief Advice (VBA) and support for smoking cessation in primary care compared to giving VBA and support alone – protocol for a randomized controlled trial within the Breathe Well research program', Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences, vol. 8, no. E, pp. 28-36.

Singhal, J, Herd, C, Adab, P & Pallan, M 2020, 'Effectiveness of school-based interventions to prevent obesity among children aged 4 to 12 years old in middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Obesity Reviews.

Tudor, K, Tearne, S, Jebb, SA, Lewis, A, Adab, P, Begh, R, Jolly, K, Daley, A, Farley, A, Lycett, D, Nickless, A & Aveyard, P 2020, 'Gender differences in response to an opportunistic brief intervention for obesity in primary care: Data from the BWeL trial', Clinical Obesity.

Watson, J, Adab, P, Jordan, R, Enocson, A & Greenfield, S 2020, 'Referral of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to pulmonary rehabilitation: a qualitative study of barriers and enablers for primary healthcare practitioners', British Journal of General Practice , pp. 1-11.

Murphy, M, Pallan, M, Lancashire, E, Duff, R, Adamson, A, Bartington, S, Frew, E, Griffin, T, Hurley, K, Parry, J, Passmore, S, Ravaghi, V, Sitch, A, Spence, S, Rowland, MK, Wheeldon, S & Adab, P 2020, 'The Food provision, cUlture and Environment in secondary schooLs (FUEL) study: protocol of a mixed methods evaluation of national School Food Standards implementation in secondary schools and their impact on pupils’ dietary intake and dental health', BMJ open.

Haroon, S, Adab, P, Dickens, A, Sitch, A, Rai, K, Enocson, A, Fitzmaurice, D & Jordan, R 2020, 'The impact of COPD case finding on clinical care: a prospective analysis of the TargetCOPD trial', BMJ.

Keene , SJ, Adab, P, de Vries, F, Franssen, FME, Sitch, A, Martin, J, Marshall, T & Jordan, R 2020, 'The stability of the ADO score among UK COPD patients from The Health Improvement Network', ERJ Open Research.

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.

Zanganeh, M, Adab, P, Li, B & Frew, E 2019, 'A systematic review of methods, study quality, and results of economic evaluation for childhood and adolescent obesity intervention', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 16, no. 3, 485.,


Jordan, R & Adab, P 2020, 'Who is most likely to be infected with SARS-CoV-2?', The Lancet.


Jordan, R, Adab, P & Cheng, KK 2020, 'Covid-19: risk factors for severe disease and death', BMJ, vol. 368, no. 368, m1198.

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