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Professor Robert Adams

Telephone +61 8 8222 7413
Position Professor of Medicine
Email robert.adams@adelaide.edu.au
Fax +61 8 8222 6042
Building QEH - Main Bldg
Floor/Room 5 B
Campus The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Org Unit Medicine

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Biography/ Background

Professor Robert Adams, MBBS, FRACP, FRCP (London), MD is a specialist respiratory and general physician with extensive experience in public health, clinical epidemiology and health services research. He completed post-doctoral training at the Channing Laboratory, Harvard Medical School and is currently appointed as Professor in the Discipline of Medicine at The University of Adelaide.

Prof Adams has extensive experience with large population based cohort studies. He is Principal Investigator of The North West Adelaide Health Study (NWAHS) and co-led the process of harmonisation with the Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study (FAMAS), such that there are now over 2000 men aged over 35 being followed in the Male Androgen, Inflammation, Lifestyle, Environment and Stress (MAILES) study with a further 2000 women in the cohort. He was responsible for the conduct of sleep studies in almost 850 men in the MAILES cohort, one of the largest studies worldwide of sleep health in the community.

He has designed and successfully implemented trials in the diagnosis and management of asthma, health service improvement and initiated cohort studies in mental health patients. He has been CI on NHMRC and ARC projects that examine health ageing in relation to obesity, and spatial epidemiology of metabolic health.

He has authored 152 peer-reviewed publications in journals and books, including top ranked journals in clinical endocrinology (Diabetes Care), allergy (Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology), sleep (Sleep), and respiratory medicine (American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine).  

Prof Adams has also contributed to health system safety research and practice. He led the TeamSTEPPS teamwork training program at SA Health and is a member of the board of the Australian Patient Safety Foundation. He was the Inaugural Chair of the SA Health Literacy Alliance. He is a member of the Translational Methods Sub-committee of the newly formed South Australian Advanced Health and Research Translation Centre, one of the four recognized nationally by the NHMRC.

Prof Adams is a founding member of Cumberland.au, a multidisciplinary group including clinicians, mathematicians, statisticians, computer scientists and others, that aims to apply systems thinking, design thinking, mathematical modelling (including the use of simulation), and operations research to achieve lasting transformative reform in healthcare.

Research Interests

Research Overview 

“The Health Observatory is a specialist population research centre conducting a number of large scale representative population studies on health surveillance of chronic disease and related factors. The ultimate focus of the Observatory is to contribute to positive ageing by improving population health across the life span. The work involves the tracking of population health to identify gaps/targets that can be better addressed through prevention strategies and/or better management of chronic conditions and conditions associated with ageing.”

Examples of ongoing cohort studies include:

i) the North-West Adelaide Health Study (NWAHS), which has followed over 4000 adults since 2000 for a range of biopsychosocial and environmental variables, including bone mineral density, and resulted in over 130 publications so far (see http://www.nwadelaidehealthstudy.org and https://health.adelaide.edu.au/pros/data/nwahs/ )

ii) The South Australian Giant Cell Arteritis Registry, involving DNA collection and genotyping studies as well as epidemiological studies (see Intern Med J 2014;44:32-39;  doi:10.1111/imj.12293)

iii) the Men, Androgens, Inflammation, Lifestyle, Environment Study (MAILES), which aims to examine non-traditional risk factors associated with the development of cardio-metabolic disease in men, and is following n=1629 men aged 40 years and over (see http://www.adelaide.edu.au/mailes/ )

Research opportunities exist at all levels from undergraduate student projects to PhD and Post-doctoral level for enthusiastic candidates. 

His current research is focused in two areas:

 1. Sleep Health

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is very common, with up to half of adults having some form of the condition. OSA has a large negative effect on a number of areas of health - ie heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, mental health, accidents and quality of life.

In collaboration with colleagues at The Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health and the Woolcock Institute at Sydney University, current research projects aim to better identify who is at risk of adverse health outcomes out of the large pool of people in the community who have some form of sleep apnea.  This works includes seeing if new markers of OSA on sleep studies (power spectral analysis, heart rate variability) can be used to improve the precision for identifying those at risk of adverse consequences. Work with other colleagues focuses on health economics analyses, including cost per DALY/QALY and decision analytic simulation studies for treatments of sleep apnea.

 2. Cumberland.au - The Australian Health Care Modelling and Systems Design Collaboration

The Collaboration brings together many clinicians and modelers who have worked across Australia over the last 10-20 years. Cumberland.au recognises the importance and potential to apply the following to achieve reform in health: Systems thinking; Design thinking; Mathematical modeling (including the use of simulation), and Operations research.

Simulation modeling is a means of communicating and discussing the proposed changes to the healthcare system with stakeholder groups before any changes are made.

Current projects include i) multi-method simulation modelling of Mental Health patient care across Adelaide; ii) simulation modelling for re-designing care in the ICU; iii) patient flow simulation in the Emergency Department; iv) patient flow simulation in acute cardiac care. 

Research Funding

Major Grant Funding 2009-2015

2010 NHMRC Project Grant 627227 Effect of sex steroids, inflammation, environmental and biopsychosocial factors on cardiometabolic disease risk in men. Wittert G, Wilson D, Adams R, Travision T Taylor A, McKinlay J, Jenkins A, Milne R, Hugo G, Atlantic E. $1.7 million

2010 NHMRC Project Grant 631917 Linking Place to Metabolic Syndrome via Behavioural and Psychosocial Antecedents: Levers for Public Health Intervention. Investigators: Daniel M, Hugo G, Paquet C, Taylor A, Cargo M, Adams R $545,000

2010 NHMRC Partnership Grant 570150 Linking Place to Metabolic Syndrome via Behavioural and Psychosocial Antecedents: Levers for Public Health Intervention. Investigators: Daniel M, Hugo G, Paquet C, Taylor A, Cargo M, Adams R $325,000

2009-2011 Australian Research Council Linkage Grant ID: LP 0990065 Hugo G, Wittert G, Adams RJ, Cobiac L, Daniel N, Findley CC, Taylor AW, Wilson DH, Winefield HR, Woolacott AL, Ruffin RE. Australian baby boomer generation, Obesity and Work - Patterns, Causes and Implications. $1,438,345. 2009 $489,764 2010 $471,290 2011 $477,291

2009-2013 The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Research Foundation Program Grant. The Health Observatory. Adams R, Wilson D, Hill C, Visvanathan R, Ruffin R, Wittert G. $1.25 million

2015- A survey of sleep health in Australia. Sleep Health Foundation, $20,000 R Adams, A Taylor, D McEvoy, N Antic, T Gill)

2015- Obstructive sleep apnea-related autonomic disturbance. ResMed Foundation, $65,000 R Adams, D McEvoy, G Wittert, N Antic, A Vakulin, A D’Rozario

2015- The Promulgation of Operational Research, Systems Thinking and Design Thinking within the Australian Health Care Sector. Premier’s International Research Fund, $400,000 M Mackay, R Adams, N Bean

2014- Partners in Recovery - Pilot Project of Consumer centred care; developing an electronic communication, care and evaluation platform for Partners in Recovery. $100,000 R Adams, G Jones. 

2012- The Mental Health Observatory, Country Health SA, $70,000

2011- Investigating sleep apnea in a community-based sample of men. ResMed Foundation, $50,000 R Adams, D McEvoy, G Wittert. 

Publications

For citations see Google Scholar

https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=NsRJnRIAAAAJ&hl=en

Publications 2010-2015

  1. McNally C, Liberali S, Visvanathan R, Adams R. Antibiotic prophylaxis for dental treatment following prosthetic joint replacement: exploring the orthopaedic surgeon’s opinion. Arthroplasty Today (accepted Dec 18, 2015)
  2. Appleton SL, A Vakulin, RD McEvoy, SA Martin, JF Grant, NA Antic, PG Catcheside, AW Taylor, GA Wittert, Adams RJ. Nocturnal hypoxemia is associated with the recent development of abnormal glycemic metabolism in a population cohort of men. Obes Res Clin Practice 2016 (accepted Jan 5, 2016).
  3. Tavella R, Cutri N, Tucker G, Adams R, Spertus J, Beltrame JF. Natural history of patients with insignificant coronary artery disease (ICAD). Eur Heart J- Qual Care Clin Outcomes (accepted Dec 22, 2015)
  4. Myles H, Myles N, Antic N, Adams R, Chandratilleke M, Liu D, Mercer D, Vakulin A, Vincent A, Wittert G, Galletly C. Obstructive Sleep apnea and schizophrenia: A systemic review to inform clinical practice. Schizophrenia Research 2015 (accepted Nov 17, 2015)
  5. Harding J, Sooriyakumaran M, Anstey KJ, Adams R, Balkau B, Brennan-Olsen S, Briffa T, Davis T, Davis W, Dobson A, Flicker L, Giles G, Grant J, Huxley R, Knuiman M, Luszcz M, Mitchell P, Pasco J, Reid C, Simmons D, Simons L, Taylor AW, Tonkin A, Woodward M, Shaw J, Magliano D. Hypertension, anti-hypertensive treatment and cancer incidence and mortality: a pooled collaborative analysis of 14 Australian and New Zealand cohorts. J Hypertension 2015;34:149-155
  6. Melaku YA, Zello GA, Gill TK, Adms RJ, Shi Z. Prevalence and factors associated with stunting and thinness among adolescent students in Northern Ethiopia: a comparison to World Health Organization standards. Arch Public Health 2015;73:1-11.
  7. Hill CL, Appleton SL, Gill T, Black J, Hoon E, Rudd R, Adams RJ. Role of Health Literacy in Self-reported Musculoskeletal Disorders. Arthritis 2015 607472. doi: 10.1155/2015/607472. Epub 2015 Aug 18
  8. Tucker G, Wilson D, Adams RJ. The Case for Using Country Specific Scoring Coefficients for Scoring the SF-12, with Scoring Implications for the SF-36. Qual Life Res 2015;1-8
  9.  Bidargaddi N, Bastiampillai T, Schrader G, Adams R, Piantadosi C, Strobel J, Tucker G, Allison S. Can changes in monthly unemployment rates be used to predict demand for emergency mental health services? BMC Emergency Med 2015;15:16
  10. Harding J, Shaw J, Anstey KJ, Adams R, Balkau B, Brennan S, Briffa T, Davis T, Davis W, Dobson A, Flicker L, Giles G, Grant J, Huxley R, Knuiman M, Luszcz M, MacInnis RJ, Mitchell P, Norman P, Pasco J, Reid C, Simmons D, Simons L, Tonkin A, Woodward M, Peeters A, Magliano D. The metabolic syndrome and cancer: is the metabolic syndrome useful for predicting cancer risk above and beyond its individual components? Diabetes & Metabolism 2015;41:463-469
  11. Appleton SL, A Vakulin, RD McEvoy, SA Martin, JF Grant, NA Antic, AW Taylor, PG Catcheside, GA Wittert, Adams RJ . Undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea is independently associated with reductions in quality of life in middle-aged, but not elderly men of a population cohort. Sleep Breathing 2015;19:1309-1316
  12. Harding J, Shaw J, Anstey KJ, Adams R, Balkau B, Brennan S, Briffa T, Davis T, Davis W, Dobson A, Flicker L, Giles G, Grant J, Huxley R, Knuiman M, Luszcz M, MacInnis RJ, Mitchell P, Norman P, Pasco J, Reid C, Simmons D, Simons L, Tonkin A, Woodward M, Peeters A, Magliano D. Comparison of anthropometric measures as predictors of cancer incidence: a pooled collaborative analysis of 11 Australian cohorts. Int J Cancer 2015;137:1699-1708
  13. Appleton SL, S Biermann, A Hamilton-Bruce, G Tucker, C Piantadosi, S Koblar, RJ Adams.  Functional health literacy is significantly associated with risk factors for stroke in a population sample. Int J Stroke 2015;10:E23
  14. Yu S, Appleton S, Chapman I, Adams R, Wittert G, Visvanathan T, Visvanathan R. An anthropometric prediction equation for appendicular skeletal muscle mass in combination with a in primary and aged care. J Am Med Direct Assoc 2014;16:25-30.
  15. Appleton SL, A Vakulin, RD McEvoy, GA Wittert, SA Martin, JF Grant, NA Antic, AW Taylor, PG Catcheside, Adams RJ. Nocturnal hypoxemia and severe OSA are associated with recent development of Type 2 diabetes in a population cohort of men. J Clin Sleep Med 2015;11:609-614
  16. Gill TK, Hill CL, Shanahan EM, Taylor AW, Appleton SL, Grant JF, Shi Z, Dal Grande E, Price K, Adams RJ. Vitamin D levels in an Australian population. BMC Public Health 2014; 14:1-11  
  17. Bagheri N, McRae I, Konings P, Butler D, Del Fante P, Adams R. Undiagnosed diabetes from cross-sectional GP practice data: an approach to identify communities with high likelihood of undiagnosed diabetes. BMJ Open 2014 23;4:e005305. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005305.
  18.  Yu S, Appleton SL, Adams RJ, Chapman I, Wittert G, Visvanathan T, Visvanathan R. The impact of Low Muscle Mass definition on the Prevalence of Sarcopenia in older Australians. Biomedical Research International 2014;3:361790 Epub Jul 3
  19. Paquet C, Coffee NT, Haren MT, Howard N, Adams R, Taylor A, & Daniel M. Food environment, walkability, and public open spaces are associated with incident development of cardio-metabolic risk factors in a biomedical cohort. Health Place 2014;28:173-176.
  20. Ngo A, Paquet C, Howard N, Coffee N, Taylor A, Adams R, Daniel M. Area-Level Socioeconomic Characteristics, Prevalence and Trajectories of cardiometabolic risk. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2014;11:830-848
  21. Ruel G, Taylor A, Adams R. Wittert G, Sirios C, Kroger E, Doucet M, Levesque JF, Stocks N. Understanding the evolution of multimorbidity: evidences from the North West Adelaide Health Longitudinal Study (NWAHS) PLOS One 2014;9:11
  22. Tucker G, Wilson D, Adams R. Results from Several Population Studies Show That Recommended Scoring Methods of the SF-36 and the SF-12 May Lead to Incorrect Conclusions and Subsequent Health Decisions. Qual Life Res 2014;23:2195-2203
  23. Carroll SJ, Paquet C, Howard NJ, Adams RJ, Taylor AW, Daniel M. Validation of continuous clinical indexes of cardiometabolic risk in a cohort of Australian adults. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2014;14:27
  24. Sugiyama T, Paquet C, Howard NJ, Coffee NT, Taylor AW, Adams RJ, Daniel M. Public open spaces and walking for recreation: moderation by attributes of pedestrian environments. Prev Med 2014 62:25-29
  25. Li JJ, Appleton SL, Wittert GA, Vakulin A, McEvoy RD, Antic NA, Adams RJ. The relationship between functional health literacy and obstructive sleep apnea and its related risk factors and comorbidities in a population cohort of men. Sleep 2014;37:571-578.
  26. Yu S, Visvanathan T, Field J, Ward L, Chapman I, Adams R, Wittert G, Visvanathan R. Lean Body Mass: The Development and Validation of Prediction Equations In Healthy Adults. BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology 2013;14:53
  27. Grant J, Martin S, Taylor A, Wilson D, Araujo A, *Adams R, McKinlay J, Jenkins A, Milne R, Hugo G, Atlantis E, *Wittert G. (2013) Cohort profile: The Men Androgen Inflammation Lifestyle Environment and Stress (MAILES) Study. Int J Epidemiol 2014;43:1040-1053.
  28. Buckley L, L O'Dwyer, G Tucker, R Adams, G Wittert, G Hugo. Are baby-boomers healthy enough to keep working?: Health as a mediator of extended labour force participation. Aust J Social Issues 2013;48:197-221
  29. Harrison GW, Zeitz C, McKay M Adams RJ. Does hospital occupancy impact discharge rates? Aust Health Review 2013;37:458-466
  30. Ngo A, Paquet C, Howard NJ, Coffee NT, Adams RJ, Taylor AW & Daniel M.  Area-level Socioeconomic Characteristics and Incidence of Metabolic Syndrome: A Prospective Cohort Study. BMC Public Health 2013 25;13:861
  31. Wheeler A, Schrader G, Tucker G, Adams R, Tavella R, Beltrame JF. The Prevalence of depression in patients with chest pain and non-obstructive coronary artery disease. Am J Cardiol 2013;112:656-659
  32. Bidargaddi N, Schrader G, Piantadosi C, Adams R, Ryan B, Williams J, Strobel J. Embedding research into clinical practice: The Services, Pathways Access- Research and Knowledge (SPARK) Study. Aust J Rural Health 2013;21:192-193.
  33. Schermer TR, Malbon W, Adams R, Morgan M, Smith M, Crockett AJ. Change in lung function over time in metropolitan firefighters and general population controls: A 3-year follow-up study. J Occup Health 2013 Jun 24 (Epub ahead of print) PMID: 23796594
  34. Tucker G, Wilson DW, Adams RJ. Observed Agreement Problems between Sub-scales and Summary Components of the SF-36 Version 2 - An Alternative Scoring Method Can Correct the Problem. PLOS One 2013 12;8:e61191
  35. Appleton SL, Seaborn CJ, Visvanathan R, Hill CL, Gill TK, Taylor AW, Adams RJ. Diabetes and cardiovascular disease outcomes in the metabolically healthy obese phenotype: a cohort study. Diabetes Care 2013;36:2388-2394
  36. Shi Z, Yuan B, Wittert GA, Dai Y, Adams RJ, Taylor AW. Association between Monosodium glutamate intake dietary patterns and asthma in Chinese adults. PLOS One 2012;7:e51567
  37. Matricciani L, Paquet C, Howard N, Adams RJ, Coffee N, Taylor A, Daniel M. Investigating individual and area-level socioeconomic gradients of pulse pressure among normotensive and hypertensive participants.  Int J Envir Res Pub Health 2013;10:571-589
  38. Piantadosi C, Bidargaddi N, Bastiampillai T, Schrader G, Adams RJ. The Services, Pathways Access – Research and Knowledge (SPARK) Study. Aust J Rural Health 2013;21:192-193.
  39. Buckley J, Tucker G, Hugo G, Wittert G, Adams RJ, Wilson DH. The Australian Baby Boomer Population – Factors influencing changes to health-related quality of life over time. J Ageing Health 2013;25:29-55
  40. Shi Z, Wittert GA, Yuan B, Dai Y, Gill TK, Hu G, Adams RJ, Zuo H, Taylor AW. Association between monosodium glutamate intake and sleep-disordered breathing among Chinese adults with normal body weight. Nutrition 2013;29:1-6
  41. Paquet C, Orschulok T, Coffee N, Howard N, Adams RJ. Daniel M. Are accessibility and characteristics of public open spaces associated better cardio-metabolic health? Landscape Urban Planning 2012 dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2012.11.011
  42. Baldock KL, Paquet C, Howard N, Coffee N, Hugo G, Taylor AW, Adams RJ, Daniel M. Associations between resident perceptions of the local residential environment and metabolic syndrome. J Environ Pub Health 2012; doi:10.1155/2012/589409
  43. Adams RJ, Piantadosi C, Appleton SL, Hill CL, Visvanathan R, Wilson DH, McEvoy RD. Investigating obstructive sleep apnoea - Will the health system have the capacity to cope? A population study. Aust Health Rev 2012; 36:424-429
  44. Dent E, Yu S, Visvanathan R, Piantadosi C, Adams R, Lange K, Chapman I.  Inflammatory Cytokines and Appetite in Healthy People.  The Journal of Aging Research & Clinical Practice 2012;1: 40-43.
  45. Visvanathan R, Yu S, Field J, Chapman I, Adams R, Wittert G, Visvanathan T. Appendicular skeletal muscle mass: Development and validation of anthropometric prediction equations. J Frailty Aging 2012;1:147-151.
  46. Adams RJ, Piantadosi C, Appleton SL, Ettridge K, Miller C, Wilson C, Tucker G, Hill CL. Functional health literacy mediates the relationship between socio-economic status, perceptions and lifestyle behaviours related to cancer risk in an Australian population. Pat Educ Counsel 2013;91;206-212
  47. Lester S, Rischmueller M, Tan LW, Wormald PJ, Zalewski P, Hamilton-Bruce MA, Appleton S, Adams RJ, and Hill CL. Sicca symptoms and their association with chronic rhinosinusitis in a community sample. Open Rheumatology Journal 6: 170-174, 2012.
  48. Taylor AW, Dal Grande E, Grant J, Appleton SL, Gill TK, Shi Z, Adams RJ. Weighting of the data and analytical approaches may account for differences in overcoming the in-adequate representativeness of the respondents to the third wave of a cohort study. J Clin Epidemiol 2013;66:461-464.
  49. Appleton SL, Neo C, Hill CL, Douglas K, Adams RJ. Untreated hypertension: Prevalence and patient factors and beliefs associated with under-treatment in a population sample. J Hum Hyperten 2013;27:453-462
  50. Shi Z, Taylor AW, Gill TK, Dal Grande E, Adams RJ, Wittert G. Association between soft drink consumption and asthma and COPD among adults in Australia. Respirology 2012;17:363-369
  51. Adams RJ, Price K, Cheek J, Tucker G, Nguyen AM, Ruffin RE, Wilson D. The Doctor and the Patient – What Happens in the Consultation? Pat Educ Counsel 2012;86:127-133
  52. Adams RJ, Appleton SL, Gill T, Taylor AW, Wilson DH, Hill CL. Cause for concern in the use of non-steroidal inflammatory medications in the community –a population-based study. BMC Family Practice 2011;12:70
  53. Roberts GW, Farmer CJ, Cheney PC, Govis SM, Belcher TW, Walsh SA, Adams RJ. Clinical decision support implemented with academic detailing improves prescribing of key renally cleared drugs in the hospital setting. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2010;17:308-312
  54. Taylor AW, Price K, Gill TK, Adams RJ, Pilkington R, Carrangis N, Shi Z, Wilson DH. Multimorbidity; not just an older person's issue.  Results from an Australian biomedical study. BMC Pub Health 2010
  55. Shi Z, Taylor AW, Gill TK, Tuckerman J, Adams R, Martin J. Short sleep duration and obesity among Australian children. BMC Public Health 2010
  56. Adams RJ, Appleton SL, Cole A, Gill T, Taylor AW, Wilson DH, Hill CL. Oral Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Alternative Practitioner use varies across chronic conditions and attitudes to risk. Clinical Epidemiology 2010
  57. Adams RJ. Role of patient understanding and education in improving health outcomes. Risk Management & Health Care Policy 2010 (invited review)
  58. Gill TK, Hill C, Adams R, Broderick D, Taylor AW. “I know I have arthritis but I don’t know what type”.  Understanding and knowledge of this chronic condition. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010
  59. Taylor AW, Gill TK, Grant J, Phillips P, Wilson DW, Ruffin RE, Adams R. What is the true prevalence of high blood pressure and high cholesterol –validating self-reported high blood pressure and high cholesterol status using biomedical data from a large representative cohort study.  Aust NZ J Pub Health 2010
  60. Adams RJ, Ruffin RE, Frith P. Review of the approaches to treatment of respiratory diseases. Treatment Strategies-Respiratory 2010;1:35-43
  61. Brito-Mutunayagam R, Appleton SL, Wilson DH, Ruffin RE, Adams RJ. Excess lung function decline is associated with GOLD stage 0.  Chest 2010 (accepted March 24, 2010).
  62. Schermer TRJ, Malbon WP, Morgan MJ, Briggs NE, Holton C, Appleton SL, Adams RJ, Smith MG, Crockett AJ. Lung function and health status in South Australian metropolitan fire-fighters compared to general population controls. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health 2010 (accepted Feb 2010).
  63. Tucker G, Wilson DW, Adams RJ. New Australian Population Scoring Coefficients for the Old Version of the SF-36 & SF-12 Health Status Questionnaires. Qual Life Res 2010 (accepted Jan 2010)
  64. Tavella R, Beltrame J, Air T, Schrader G, Adams RJ. Using the Short Form-36 Mental Summary Score as an Indicator of Depressive Symptoms in Coronary Heart Disease Patients. Qual Life Res 2010 (accepted April 2010).
  65.  Wilson D, Appleton S, Taylor A, Tucker G, Ruffin RE, Wittert G, Hugo G, Goldney R, Findlay C, Adams RJ. Depression and Obesity in Asthma: Prevalent Co-Morbidities that Complicate Management.  Med J Aust 2010 (accepted Dec, 2009).
  66. Adams RJ, Appleton SL, Hill CL, Dodd M, Findlay C, Wilson DH. Risks associated with low functional health literacy in an Australian population. Med J Aust, Nov 16, 2009 (IF 3.32)
  67. Taylor AW, Dal Grande E, Gill TK, Pickering S, Grant JF, Adams RJ, Philips P. Comparing self-reported and measured high blood pressure and high cholesterol status using data from a representative cohort study. ANZ J Pub Health 2010;34:394-400.
  68. Chittleborough CR, Taylor AW, Dal Grande E, Gill TK, Grant JF, Adams RJ, Phillips P. Ruffin RE. Gender differences in asthma prevalence: variations with socioeconomic disadvantage. Respirology 2010;15:107-11

Recent Invited Presentations- National/International

Respiratory and Sleep

    2015- “Men’s health- The X factor and Y it matters”. Ageing and Living Well Think Tank and Innovation Collaborative, Adelaide, November 2015

      2014 - Evolving epidemiology of chronic conditions. Australian Health & Medical Research Congress, Melbourne, November, 2014

        2013- Sleep Apnea in the Elderly. Geriatric Society of Australia & New Zealand Scientific Meeting, December 2013

          2013- Burden and prevalence of sleep apnea, Alternative Management Pathways for Sleep Disorders in Adults Symposium, Australasian Sleep Association Annual Scientific Meeting, Brisbane, October 2013.

            2012- “Sleep apnea – A public health concern”. Australian Health & Medical Research Congress, Adelaide, November 2012.

              2010    “Burden of illness from chronic cough in Australia”. Cough Symposium: What’s new from Australia? Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand Annual Meeting, Brisbane, April 2010.

                Health Literacy

                  2012- Health literacy and chronic disease. Medicines Management 2012, 38th Society of Hospital Pharmacists National Conference, Canberra, November 2012.

                    2012- “Problems with Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication use and health literacy”. Guild Pharmacy Academy, NSW Convention, Sydney, February 2012.

                      2012- Health literacy and population health”. “In their shoes” – Health literacy Forum, Victorian Quality Conference. Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, March 2012.

                        2010    Adult language, literacy and numeracy Search Conference for the National Centre for Vocational Educational Research in Canberra on September 13th, to present on health literacy. The objective of the invitation-only meeting was to explore developments in adult literacy and numeracy with a view to suggesting future directions and to help shape consultations on a national adult literacy strategy.

                          2010    “Health Literacy”, Plenary Session, Australian Primary Care Collaboratives Workshop, Brisbane, May 2010.

                            2010    “Health literacy – Important risk factor or the goal of self-management?” Australian Better Health Initiative Forum - Chronic Disease Self Management beyond June 2010, Adelaide, February 2010

                              Health services, Safety & Quality

                                2015   “Optimising Transformation: the Application of Simulation to Transforming Health: Mental Health as a Case Study.” Transforming Health: Shaping the Research Agenda Workshop. Adelaide, July 2015

                                  2014 “Achieving the National Standards: Sustaining change after the accreditors have left”. Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Conference, Adelaide, September 2014.

                                    2011  “Communication training to create a culture of patient safety” 2011 International Patient Safety Reporting System Conference, Department of Health, Taiwan Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation (TJCHA), Taipei, August 2011

                                      2010    “Adverse event reporting in Australia”. International Patient Safety Reporting System Conference in Taipei, Taiwan. Taiwan Joint commission on Hospital Accreditation, September, 2010

                                        Recent Conference Presentations 

                                        1. Lang PCJ, SL Appleton, A Vakulin, DR MEvoy, GA Wittert, SA Martin, JF Grant, AW Taylor, NA Antic, Catcheside P, R Adams. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) And Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS) Are Independently Associated With Depression In A Community Based Population Of Australian Men. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2105;191:A3934. 

                                        2. Chai-Coetzer GC, R Adams, S Appleton, A Vakulin, SA Martin, JF Grant, NA Antic, P Catcheside, AW Taylor, A Wittert, RD McEvoy. Comparison Of The OSA50, Stop And Stop-Bang Questionnaires For Identification Of Obstructive Sleep Apnea In A Male Population Cohort. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2015;191:A5601

                                        3. Appleton SL, Vakulin A, Lang C, Wittert G, Martin SA, Grant JF, Taylor A, Catcheside PG, Antic N, McEvoy D, Adams R. Excessive daytime sleepiness, undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea, quality of life and comorbidities in a population-based cohort of men. Sleep 2015;38 (Suppl):A158

                                        4. Jayaram L, Pickering S, Homan S, Adams R, Ruffin R. Perception of dyspnoea in a community sample with asthma: relationship with clinical, psychosocial and inflammatory variables. In Respirology 2015:20:139-139. 

                                        5. Sarah Appleton, Andrew Vakulin, Carol Lang, Gary Wittert, Anne Taylor, Doug McEvoy, Nick Antic, Peter Catcheside, Robert Adams. Hypertension is associated with undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep 

                                        6. Robert Adams,Sarah Appleton, Andrew Vakulin, Carol Lang, Anne Taylor, Nick Antic, Peter Catcheside, Doug McEvoy, Gary Wittert. Relationship between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and chronic kidney disease (CKD)

                                        7. Peter Catcheside, Andrew Vakulin, Sarah Appleton, Doug McEvoy, Nick Antic, Gary Wittert, Sean Martin, Janet Grant, Anne Taylor, Carol Lang, Robert Adams. A comparison of methods for classifying positional obstructive sleep apnoea.

                                        8. Adams RJ, Appleton SL, Vakulin A, Martin S, Grant J, Taylor, A, Catcheside P, McEvoy RD, Antic NA, Wittert G. Burden of Undiagnosed OSA on Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQL) Among Men In The Community Sleep 2013, American Academy of Sleep Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting, Baltimore, June 2013 (oral presentation)

                                        9. Adams RJ, Appleton SL, Vakulin A, Martin S, Grant J, Taylor, A, Catcheside P, McEvoy RD, Antic NA, Wittert G. Prevalence and morbidity of undiagnosed OSA in a population cohort of men aged >40 years. Sleep and Breathing 2013, Berlin, April 2013

                                        10. Appleton SL, *Adams RJ, Martin S, Taylor AW, Wittert G. Changes in cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular disease risk factors in a population of men (oral presentation). Population Health Congress, Adelaide, Australia, 9-12 September, 2012

                                        11. Adams RJ, Sarah Appleton, Andrew Vakulin, Anne Taylor, Sean Martin, Peter Catcheside, Nick Antic, Doug McEvoy, Gary Wittert. High prevalence of undiagnosed OSA in a community sample of men aged 40 years and over (oral presentation). 24th ASM of the Australasian Sleep Association, Darwin, Australia 11-13 October, 2012.  Sleep and Biological Rhythms 2012;10 (suppl 1):42

                                        12. Adams RJ, *Sarah Appleton, Andrew Vakulin, Anne Taylor, Sean Martin, Peter Catcheside, Nick Antic, Doug McEvoy, *Gary Wittert. Sleepiness and the burden of comorbidities in a population sample of men. 24th ASM of the Australasian Sleep Association, Darwin, Australia 11-13 October, 2012. Sleep and Biological Rhythms 2012;10 (suppl 1):62

                                        13. Adams RJ, Judith Sowden, Catherine Hill, Renuka Visvanathan, Tiffany Gill, Sarah Appleton. Readability assessment of consumer information material on sleep and health from Australian websites (oral presentation). 24th ASM of the Australasian Sleep Association, Darwin, Australia 11-13 October, 2012. Sleep and Biological Rhythms 2012;10 (suppl 1):61

                                        14. Appleton SL, Robert Adams, Andrew Vakulin, Anne Taylor, Sean Martin, Peter Catcheside, Nick Antic, Doug McEvoy, Gary Wittert.  Burden of undiagnosed OSA on health-related quality of life among men aged 40 years and over in the community (oral presentation). 24th ASM of the Australasian Sleep Association, Darwin, Australia 11-13 October, 2012. Sleep and Biological Rhythms 2012;10 (suppl 1):72.

                                        15. Wittert G, Sean Martin, Robert Adams, Sarah Appleton, Anne Taylor, Zumin Shi, Peter Catcheside, Andrew Vakulin, Doug McEvoy.  Obstructive sleep apnea is not an independent determinant of plasma testosterone (oral presentation). 24th ASM of the Australasian Sleep Association, Darwin, Australia 11-13 October, 2012. Sleep and Biological Rhythms 2012;10 (suppl 1):28.

                                        16. Catcheside P, Andrew Vakulin, Nick Antic, Doug McEvoy, Sarah Appleton, Sean Martin, Anne Taylor, Robert Adams, Gary Wittert. The community prevalence of supine predominant OSA in men aged 40 years and over (oral presentation). 24th ASM of the Australasian Sleep Association, Darwin, Australia 11-13 October, 2012. Sleep and Biological Rhythms 2012;10 (suppl 1):71

                                        17. Adams RJ, Sarah Appleton, Tiffany Gill, Catherine Hill, Renuka Visvanathan. Asthma control is associated with blood granulocyte patterns in a population cohort. American Thoracic Society, International Conference, San Francisco, May 18-23rd, 2012.   Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2012; 185: A5674

                                        18. Appleton SL, Tiffany Gill, Catherine Hill, Renuka Visvanathan, Robert Adams. Asthma and wheeze are associated with reduced vitamin D levels in a population cohort.  American Thoracic Society, International Conference, San Francisco, May 18-23rd, 2012.  Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2012; 185: A5672

                                        19. Paquet C, Baldock K, Howard N, Coffee N, Hugo G, Taylor A, Adams R, Daniel M. Do relations between perceived neighbourhood crime, local-area crime rates and metabolic syndrome differ by gender? Heart Foundation Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 16-18 May 2013.

                                        20. Baldock K, Paquet C, Howard N, Coffee N, Hugo G, Taylor A, Adams R, Daniel M. Associations between overestimation of distance to fresh food retailers and outdoor recreational resources and metabolic syndrome. Heart Foundation Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 16-18 May 2013.

                                        21. Carroll S, Paquet C, Howard N, Taylor A, Adams R, Daniel M. Validation of continuous measures of cardiometabolic risk using a population-based cohort of Australian adults. Heart Foundation Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 16-18 May 2013

                                        22. Newbury W, Lorimer M, Newbury J, Adams R, Crockett A. Lung age: an update. 6th IPCRG World Conference, April 2012, Edinburgh

                                        23. Paquet C, Baldock K, Howard N, Coffee N, Hugo G, Taylor A, Adams R, Daniel M. Do relations between perceived neighbourhood crime, local-area crime rates and metabolic syndrome differ by gender? Heart Foundation Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 16-18 May 2013.17.  

                                        24. Baldock K, Paquet C, Howard N, Coffee N, Hugo G, Taylor A, Adams R, Daniel M. Associations between overestimation of distance to fresh food retailers and outdoor recreational resources and metabolic syndrome. Heart Foundation Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 16-18 May 2013.

                                        25. Adams R, Piantadosi C, Appleton S, McEvoy D, Hill C, Visvanathan R, Wilson D.  Investigating obstructive sleep apnoea – Will the health system have the capacity to cope? A population study. Australasian Sleep Association Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney, October 2011

                                        26. Biermann S, Koblar S, Hamilton-Bruce A, Appleton S, Adams R. Health literacy levels in a stroke population. Stroke 2011, Stroke Society of Australasia, Adelaide September 2011

                                        27. Daniel M, Paquet C, Coffee N, Howard N, Cargo M, Taylor A, Hugo G, Adams R. Metabolic syndrome incidence in a population-based, representative Biomedical cohort over 4.5 years: assessing area-level socioeconomic Disadvantage and individual psychosocial wellbeing. 4th International Congress on Prediabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome, Madrid April 2011.

                                        28. Wittert G, Martin S, Wilson D, Jenkins A, Araujo A, O’Loughlin P, Taylor A, Adams R. Sex Hormone Binding Globulin Is a Marker of Hepatic Insulin Sensitivity and Lipogenesis, but Is Not Independently Associated with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Men. ENDO 2011: The 93rd Annual Meeting & Expo, Boston June 2011

                                        29. Baldock K, Paquet C, Howard N, Coffee N, Taylor A, Adams R, Hugo G, Daniel M. Perceived availability of local resources, sense of community and metabolic syndrome in apopulation-based cohort. International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity meeting, Melbourne June 2011.

                                        30. Paquet C, Orschulok TP, Coffee N, Howard N, Hugo G, Taylor A, Adams R, Daniel M. Accessibility to public spaces and cardio-metabolic risk in a population-based biomedical cohort. International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity meeting, Melbourne June 2011.

                                        31. Adams RJ, Appleton S, Wilson D, Taylor A, Ruffin R. Correlates of poor asthma control in a population sample. Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting, Brisbane, April 2010

                                        32. Adams R,J Appleton S, Wilson D, Taylor A, Ruffin R. Effects of lipid lowering therapy in a representative asthma population. Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting, Brisbane, April 2010

                                        33. Adams RJ, Appleton S, Wilson D, Taylor A, Ruffin R. GOLD stage 0 is associated with excess FEV1 decline in a representative population sample. Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting, Darwin, April 2009

                                        34. Appleton S, Hill C, Wilson D, Taylor A, Gill T, Adams R. Complementary and alternative medicine in asthma. Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting, Darwin, April 2009

                                        35. Appleton S, Wilson D, Ruffin R,Seaborn C, Taylor A, Adams R. Body composition in metabolically healthy obese and metabolically obese normal weight phenotypes. 1st International Congress on Abdominal Obesity, Hong Kong, CMReJournal 2010:3(1):9

                                        36. Appleton S, Wilson D, Ruffin R, Taylor A, Adams R. Correlates and longitudinal outcomes in metabolically healthy obese and metabolically obese normal weight phenotypes. 1st International Congress on Abdominal Obesity, Hong Kong, CMReJournal 2010:3(1):9

                                        37. Yu S, Field J, Chapman I, Wilson D, Adams R, Phillips P, Visvanathan R (2010). Development and Validation of Prediction Equation for Fat Free Mass Using Variable Consisting of Weight and Blood Investigations. The Australia & New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting, Coolum, Australia.

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