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Dr Amirul Islam

Senior Lecturer


Amirul received his PhD from the University of Queensland in 2001.  He was a research-academic staff at National University of Singapore (2001-2002), University of Western Australia (2003-2004)and recently at the University of Melbourne (2005-2013) before joining Swinburne in 2014 in the in the Dept of Statistics, Data Sciences and Epidemiology. Amirul's research foci are in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Genetic Statistics; large population-based cohort studies, cardiovascular disease, risk prediction, Patterns analysis, Multinomial and Spline Regression, Path analysis, and Rasch analysis for items response theory. His recent research projects include: (i) Bangladesh population-based Dieabetes and Eye Studies (BPDES), (ii) Psychological distress and quality of life in rural Bangladesh, (iii) Chronic diseases including diabetes and one of it's complications diabetic retinopathy in a rural district Narail in Bangladesh. 
 Amirul has published 125 peer-reviewed articles as a senior author or a co-author. He has more than  50 published abstracts or presentations in many prestigious conferences including the World Diabeted Conference.  Amirul is an Academic Editor of one of the mostly cited Open Access Journals- Public Library of Science (PLOS) One.  He is also a section editor (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) of Eye which the official Journal of the Royal College of Ophthalmology.

Research interests

Public and Environmental Health; Biostatistics; Epidemiology; Health research design

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Chronic condition and quality of life in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia

Managing aggressive behaviour in adults with autism spectrum disorders for nurses in hospital environments. A pilot intervention in tertiary-care hospitals in Victoria, Australia.

Predictive Ability and Diagnostics for Categorical Response Models with the Application on Quantitative Modelling for diagnosis of Malaria disease in East Nusa Tenggara Indonesia

Statistical Methods for Risk Prediction Models with Multi-Categories Response Variables with Applications to Cost-Effective Diagnosis of Malaria in East Nusa Tenggara Province Indonesia.


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Sources of income, daily livings and dependency in older adults in a rural district in Bangladesh: Data from a prospective cohort study: The project has ethics approval. Data are from 2425 adults. Results can definitely be published  

Fields of Research

  • Biostatistics - 010402
  • Epidemiology - 111706
  • Ophthalmology And Optometry - 111300

Teaching areas

Public and Environmental Health;Biostatistics;Epidemiology;Health research design


  • 2019, Swinburne, Swinburne Innovation Award (VC), Swinbunre University of Technology
  • 2016, Swinburne, VC 2016 Teaching Excellence Award in Higher Education, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2012, National, Teaching Award , University of Melbourne


Also published as: Islam, Amirul; Islam, A.; Islam, F.; Amirul Islam, F. M.; Amirul Islam, Fakir M.; Amirul Islam, Fakir Mohammad; Amirul, F. M. Islam; Amirul-Islam, F. M.; Amirul-Islam, Fakir M.; Fakir M. Amirul, Islam; Islam, A. F. M.; Islam, Amirul F. M.; Islam, F. M.; Islam, F. M. A.; Islam, F. M. Amirul; Islam, Fakir Amirul; Islam, Fakir M. A.; Islam, Fakir M. A. Amirul; Islam, Fakir M. Amirul; Islam, Fakir Mohammad Amirul
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2019: Three stages care plan for treating school children with vision impairment in a rural district of Bangladesh *; eXcellence in Ophthalmology Vision Award (XOVA)
  • 2017: Development of a diabetic retinopathy detection and management program for a rural district Narail of Bangladesh through a telemedicine platform. *; Funding for research in Tropical Ophthalmology
  • 2016: Optimising technology to measure functional vision, mobility and service outcomes for people with low vision or blindness *; Melbourne-Sarawak Collaborative Research Development Scheme

* Chief Investigator

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