Professor Adrian Esterman, Biostatistics, University of South Australia

Welcome to my home page. I hope you enjoy your visit.

My favourite quotation

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”.

A.A. Milne and Winnie-the-Pooh

A little bit about me

I attended Beal Grammar School for Boys in Essex, UK, and left to start work at the age of 16. After several years working as a junior clerk, I enrolled in an Honours degree in Statistics at the University of Bath, graduating in 1972. This was followed by a Masters degree in Medical Statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1973, supervised by Professor Peter Armitage. I then took up a Junior Research Fellowship at the University of Aberdeen medical school in late 1973 before joining the World Health Organization in 1974. I worked for 5 years at the WHO head office in Geneva, followed by 2 years at the WHO European Regional Office in Copenhagen.

In 1981 I moved to Australia and worked for many years in the South Australian Department of Health as Principal Epidemiologist. In the mid-1990’s, I took a break from epidemiology, and became Managing Director of a market research company. This gave me great experience in survey research, and qualitative research, as well as HR management and sales. However, I eventually moved back into academic life, and in 2002 I received my PhD in epidemiology from Flinders University.

At the University of South Australia, one of my main roles is to provide advice on biostatistics and epidemiology to researchers in the health and medical areas. I am also a Chief Investigator on several research grants. I am the author of nearly 400 publications and have an h-index of 62. I am experienced at mentoring Research Fellows and junior staff, and of course PhD students.

I really enjoy writing, and have written a number of articles about epidemiology and COVID-19 on the Medium website. I have also written 17 articles for The Conversation about COVID-19 with over 800,000 reads. I have just published a book on PhD supervision. I have also become an avid tweeter – @profesterman, with nearly 8,000 followers.

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