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Dr Lynne Giles

Telephone +61 8 8313 0234
Position Associate Professor
Fax +61 8 8313 0427
Building 178 North Terrace - Terrace Towers
Floor/Room 7 09
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Public Health

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Biography/ Background

My research interests are centred on the application of contemporary statistical techniques to life course data.  Most of my research has primarily focussed on the analysis of data from cohort studies.  I have been part of the investigator team for the Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing since 1994 and in the past eight years have developed research interests that address how early life affects health in later childhood and beyond.   I hold a BSc(Hons) in Mathematical Statistics, an MPH, and a PhD in Applied Statistics.  I have been an Accredited Statistician of the Statistical Society of Australia since 1999.

Since 2014, I have been the Postgraduate Coordinator for the School of Public Health, and I am the Deputy Lead of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit within the School of Public Health.


BSc(Hons), MPH, PhD, AStat

Awards & Achievements

2014 - Academic Leadership Award (Peer Nominated), School of Population Health, University of Adelaide.

2013 - Postgraduate Teacher of the Year (Student Nominated), School of Population Health, University of Adelaide.

2012 - Early Career Researcher Best Publication, School of Population Health, University of Adelaide.

2011 - Best Early Career Researcher Oral Presentation, Australasian Epidemiological Association Conference.

Research Interests

Analysis of longitudinal data; Social epidemiology; Life course epidemiology; Intergenerational health; Healthy ageing; Social networks and health in older people.

Research Funding

Current grants:

Couper J, Harrison L, Craig ME, Morahan G, Colman P, Wentworth J, Papenfuss A, Rawlinson W, Dodd J, Giles L. Environmental Determinants of Islet Autoimmunity (ENDIA) study JDRF Australian Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network and The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust; $US 6,000,000 over 2015 – 2017.

Couper J, Harrison L, Craig ME, Morahan G, Colman P, Wentworth J, Papenfuss A, Rawlinson W, Dodd J, Giles L. Centre of Research Excellence for the Protection of Pancreatic Beta Cells. NHMRC-JDRF Centre for Research Excellence; $2,500,000 over 2015 – 2019.

Recently completed:

Dodd JM, Owens JA, Grivell RM, Yelland LN, Giles L, Gillman MW, Poston L. Causal pathways from maternal obesity to pregnancy, perinatal & childhood health outcomes. NHMRC Project Grant 1068320; $755,934 over 2014 - 15.

Luszcz MA, Giles LC, Windsor TD, Walker RB, Miller MD, Gerstorf D, Hoppmann C, Chui H. Resilient ageing and the oldest-old in the Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing. ARC Discovery Project DP130100428; $355,249 over 2013 - 15.

Giles LC (AIs Moore VM, Sawyer MG). Toddlers with depressed mothers: What are the consequences for adolescent mental health? Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation, $70,000 over 2013 - 14.

Giles LC. National Health and Medical Research Council Training (Postdoctoral) Fellowship ID 627033. $285,000 over 2010 - 14.

Giles LC. Centre for Intergenerational Health Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. $210,000 over 2009 - 12 (relinquished June 2010 to take up NHMRC Fellowship).

Luszcz MA, Anstey KJ, Cobiac L, Walker RB, Miller MD, Giles LC, Ward L, Hayles CM. How individual and societal resources contribute to ageing well through the fourth age: The Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing. ARC Discovery Project DP0879152; $681,352 over 2008 - 2012.

Cameron I, Crotty M, Gray L, Kurrle S, Luszcz M, Scuffham P, Whitehead C, Lord S, Giles L, Halbert J, Sherrington C, Bartlett H, Rungie M, Judd S. Transition: Innovation and Evidence. NHMRC Health Services Research Program Grant; $2.9 million over 2006 - 2010.

Total career funding:

$16.5 Million


I have authored 86 peer-reviewed publications.  Publications since 2010:

Milazzo A, Giles LC, Zhang Y, Koehler AP, Hiller J, Bi P. The effect of temperature on different Salmonella serotypes during warm seasons in a Mediterranean climate city, Adelaide, Australia. Epidemiology and Infection, acceptance letter dated 1 October 2015.

Schneider L, Ridding M, Hudson I, Nettlebeck E, Burns N, Giles L, Pitcher J. The influence of motor function on processing speed in preterm and term born children. Child Neuropsychology, acceptance letter dated 28 September 2015.

Hunter DS, Hazel SJ, Kind KL, Liu H, Marini D, Giles LC, De Blasio MJ, Owens JA, Pitcher JB, Gatford K. Placental and fetal growth restriction, size at birth and neonatal growth alter cognitive function and behavior in sheep in an age- and sex-specific manner. Physiology & Behavior, acceptance letter dated 31 August 2015.

Davies CE, Glonek GFV, Giles LC. The impact of covariance misspecification in group-based trajectory models for longitudinal data with non-stationary covariance structure. Statistical Methods in Medical Research. 2015 Aug 17. pii: 0962280215598806. [Epub ahead of print]

Liu H, Schultz CG, De Blasio MJ, Peura AM, Heinemann GK, Harryanto H, Hunter DS, Wooldridge AL, Kind KL, Giles LC, Simmons RA, Owens JA, Gatford KL. Effect of placental restriction and neonatal exendin-4 treatment on postnatal growth, adult body composition and in vivo glucose metabolism in the sheep. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Jul 28:ajpendo.00487.2014. doi: 10.1152/ajpendo.00487.2014.

Perano S, Rayner C, Kritas S, Horowitz M, Donaghue K, Mpundu-Kaambwa C, Giles L, Couper J. Gastric emptying is more rapid in adolescents with type 1 diabetes and impacts on postprandial glycaemia. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 2015; 100(6): 2248-53.

Giles LC, Whitrow MJ, Davies MJ, Davies CE, Rumbold AR, Moore VM. Growth trajectories in early childhood, their relationship with antenatal and postnatal factors, and development of obesity by age 9 years: Results from an Australian birth cohort study. International Journal of Obesity. 2015 May 26. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2015.42.

Moran LJ, March WA, Whitrow MJ, Giles LC, Davies MJ, Moore VM. Sleep disturbances in a community-based sample of women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Human Reproduction 2015; 30(2): 466-72.

Maftei O, Whitrow MJ, Davies MJ, Giles LC, Owens JA, Moore VM. Maternal body size prior to pregnancy, gestational diabetes and weight gain: associations with insulin resistance in children at 9-10 years. Diabetic Medicine 2015;32(2): 174-80.

Chambers SK, Morris BA, Clutton S, Foley E, Giles L, Schofield P, O’Connell D, Dunn J. Psychological Wellness and Health-Related Stigma: A pilot study of an acceptance-focussed cognitive behavioural intervention for people with lung cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care 2015; 24: 60-70.

Tong X, Taylor AW, Giles L, Wittert GA, Shi Z. Tea consumption is inversely related to 5-year blood pressure change among adults in Jiangsu, China: a cross-sectional study. Nutrition Journal 2014; 13(1): 98.

Luszcz MA, Giles LC, Anstey KJ, Browne-Yung KC, Walker RA, Windsor TD. Cohort Profile: The Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ALSA). International Journal of Epidemiology 2014; pii: dyu196.

Schneider L, Burns NR, Giles LC, Higgins RD, Nettelbeck TJ, Ridding MC, Pitcher JB. Cognitive abilities in preterm and term born adolescents. The Journal of Pediatrics 2014; 165(1): 170-77.

Wooldridge AL, Bischof RJ, Meeusen EN, Liu H, Heinemann GK, Hunter DS, Giles LC, Kind KL, Owens JA, Clifton VL, Gatford KL. Placental restriction of fetal growth reduced cutaneous responses to antigen after sensitization in sheep. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 2014; Feb 5. [Epub ahead of print]

Steele EJ, Giles LC, Davies MJ, Moore VM. Is precarious employment associated with women's age at first birth and childlessness?: Results from an Australian birth cohort study. Human Reproduction 2014; 29(1): 155-60.

Marino JL, Moore VM, Willson KJ, Rumbold AR, Whitrow MJ, Giles LC, Davies MJ. outcomes by mode of assisted conception and sub-fertility in an Australian data linkage cohort. PLoS One 2014; 9(1): e80398.

Whitrow MJ, Davies MJ, Giles LC, de Stavola BL, Maftei O, Owens JA, Moore VM. Effects of birth size, post-natal growth and current size on insulin resistance in 9 year old children: A prospective cohort study. European Journal of Paediatrics, epub 8 May 2013.

Giles LC, Whitrow MJ, Rumbold AR, Davies CE, de Stavola BL, Pitcher JB, Davies MJ, Moore VM. Growth in early life and the development of obesity by age 9 years: are there critical periods and a role for an early life stressor? International Journal of Obesity, 2013 Jan 15 [epub]. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2012.219.

Giles LC, Anstey KJ, Walker RB, Luszcz MA. Social networks and memory over 15 years of follow-up in a cohort of older Australians: Results from the Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Journal of Aging Research, 2012: 856048. Epub 2012 Aug 29.

Rumbold AR, Kruske S, Boyle J, Weckert R, Putland S, Giles L, Barclay L, Kildea S. Can the fetal fibronectin test be used by remote dwelling pregnant women to predict the onset of labour at term and delay transfer for birth in regional settings? Rural and Remote Health, 2012; 12: 2126.

Masters S, Gordon J, Whitehead C, Davies O, Giles LC, Ratcliffe J. Coaching Older Adults and Carers to have their preferences Heard: a randomised controlled trial in an intermediate care setting (study protocol). Australasian Medical Journal, 2012; 5(8): 396-406.

Rumbold AR, Giles LC, Whitrow MJ, Steele EJ, Davies CE, Davies MJ, Moore VM. The effects of house moves during early childhood on child mental health at age 9 years. BMC Public Health 2012; 12: 583.

Davies MD, March WA, Willson KW, Giles LC, Moore VM. Birth weight and thinness at birth independently predict symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome in adulthood. Human Reproduction 2012; 27(5): 1475-80.

Champion SL, Rumbold AR, Steele EJ, Giles LC, Davies MJ, Moore VM. Parental work schedules and child overweight and obesity. International Journal of Obesity 2012; 36(4): 573-80.

Gray LC, Peel NM, Crotty M, Kurrle S, Giles LC, Cameron ID. How effective are programs at managing transition from hospital to home? A case study of the Australian Transition Care Program. BMC Geriatrics 2012; 12(1): 6.

Giles LC, Davies MJ, Whitrow MJ, Rumbold AR, Lynch JW, Sawyer MG, Moore VM. Structured regression analyses of life course processes: An example exploring how maternal depression in early childhood affects children's subsequent internalizing behaviour. Annals of Epidemiology 2011; 21(9): 654-659.

Giles LC, Davies MJ, Whitrow MJ, Warin MJ, Moore VM. Maternal depressive symptoms and child care during toddlerhood relate to child behavior at age 5½ years. Pediatrics 2011; 128(1):e78-84.

Steele EJ, Giles LC, Davies MJ, Moore VM. The Life Journeys of Young Women Project: Objectives, design and recruitment results. American Journal of Epidemiology 2011; 174(1): 72-80.

Masters SM, Halbert J, Giles LC, Crotty M. Development and testing of a questionnaire to measure the older person's experience of the Transition Care Program in Australia. Australasian Journal on Ageing 2010; 29(4):172-178.

Giles LC, Glonek GFV, Moore VM, Davies MJ, Luszcz MA. Lower age at menarche affects survival in older Australian women: Results from the Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing. BMC Public Health 2010; 10(1):341.

Champion S, Giles LC, Moore VM. Parenting beliefs and practices contributing to overweight and obesity in children. Australasian Epidemiologist 2010; 17(1):21-5.  


Professional Associations

President, Statistical Society of Australia (SA Branch), 2014.

Accredited Statistician, Statistical Society of Australia, 1999 - .

Member, Statistical Society of Australia, 1990 - .

Member, Australasian Epidemiological Association, 2002 - .

Entry last updated: Monday, 11 Jul 2016

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