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Monsurul Hoq is a Biostatistician and a Research Assistant within the Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit at MCRI.
Monsurul's research focuses on using statistics to improve the livelihood of children. His aim is to advocate the use of the appropriate statistical methods to inform clinical and public health practice, ensuring that the best use of research is achieved and translated.
Prior to living in Australia, Monsurul obtained a wealth of global experience, working for non-government organisations in Bangladesh and South Sudan. There, he ensured appropriate treatment of children for malaria, pneumonia, diarrhoea and acute malnutrition through effective monitoring and evaluation of the community-based projects.
He has also contributed to research projects across a wide range of topics at MCRI. This includes research that has improved the diagnosis of children using age-appropriate reference intervals, understanding the childhood to adolescent transition and characteristics of trans and gender diverse young people, and measured public sentiment around child vaccination safety. Monsurul has also conducted statistical analyses for four disability inclusion projects, which have improved screening techniques and identified barriers for community participation.
- University of Melbourne, Department of Paediatrics
- NHMRC post-graduate scholarship
- BRAC University MPH scholarship
Monsurul's research focuses on using statistics to improve the livelihood of children, advocating the use of the appropriate statistical methods to inform clinical and public health practice.
This study aims to collect blood samples from around 5000 children between birth and 18 years, so we can establish normative data for age appropriate reference intervals in haematology, immunology, and biochemistry, for the paediatric population for RCH and for laboratories throughout the state of Victoria. www.mcri.edu.au/research/projects/happi-kids/about-happi-kids-study
The Trans20 project is a longitudinal cohort study that began in 2017. The broad objective of this project is to determine the biopsychosocial outcomes for transgender individuals attending the RCHGS.www.mcri.edu.au/research/projects/gender-research
The Royal Children's Hospital National Child Health Poll
This is a quarterly, national survey of Australian households shedding new light on the big issues in contemporary child and adolescent health. www.rchpoll.org.au/about/
"No Jab, No Pay" and "No Jab, No Play"
Impact of Australian mandatory "No Jab, No Pay" and "No Jab, No Play" immunisation policies on immunisation services, parental attitudes to vaccination and vaccine uptake.
The Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study
The Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study aims to improve our understanding of the many influences on the health and emotional adjustment of children as they approach their teens. Information collected as part of this large study will help to identify when and how to promote the best health and emotional adjustment in pre-teens - www.mcri.edu.au/research/projects/childhood-adolescence-transition-study-cats
Grills, N.J., Hoq, M., Wong, C.P. et al. Disabled People's Organisations increase access to services and improve well-being: evidence from a cluster-randomized trial in North India. BMC Public Health 20, 145 (2020)
Hoq, M., Ali, M., Islam, A. et al. Risk factors of acute malnutrition among children aged 6–59 months enrolled in a community-based programme in Kurigram, Bangladesh: a mixed-method matched case-control study. J Health Popul Nutr 38, 36 (2019).
Hoq M, Mathews S, Karlaftis V, Burgess J, Donath SM, Carlin J, Yen T, Ignjatovic V, Monagle P. Reference values for 30 common biochemistry analytes across five different analyzers in neonates and children 30 days to 18 year olds, Clin Chem. July 2019.
Balaji S, Hoq M, Velavan J, Raji B, Grace E, Bhattacharji S, Grills N. A Multicentric Cross-sectional Study to Characterise the Scale and Impact of Polypharmacy in Rural Indian Communities, Conducted as Part of Health Workers Training, J Family Med Prim Care. 2019 June
Goldfeld S, Francis KL, Hoq M, Do L, O'Connor E, Mensah F. The Impact of Policy Modifiable Factors on Inequalities in Rates of Child Dental Caries in Australia. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Jun 3;16 (11).
Sprunt B, Hoq M, Sharma U, Marella M. Validating the UNICEF/Washington Group Child Functioning Module for Fijian schools to identify seeing, hearing and walking difficulties. Disabil Rehabil. 2019 Jan;41(2):201-211.
Ganeshalingam R, Donnan A, Evans O, Hoq M, Camp M, Donnan L. Lateral condylar fractures of the humerus in children: does the type of fixation matter?. Bone Joint J.2018 Mar 1;100-B(3):387-395
Hoq M & Borgan J. Evaluation of an integrated health-water sanitation and hygiene project in reducing malnutrition among children under 2 years in Bangladesh. Field Exchange, Issue 51, 2016 Feb, pages 114 - 118.
Binns P, Dale N, Hoq M, Banda C, Myatt M. Relationship between mid-upper arm circumference and weight changes in children aged 6-59 months. Arch Public Health.2015;73:54.