Dr Muhammad Akram

Research Fellow (Biostatistician)
Behaviour, Environment and Cognition Research Program

Dr Muhammad Akram

Areas of expertise: applied statistical modelling; application of time-series analysis and forecasting; predictive and multilevel modelling in environment and health sciences

HDR Supervisor accreditation status: Provisional

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-1073-3614

Phone: +613 9230 8093

Email: Muhammad.Akram@acu.edu.au

Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

Muhammad Akram is a research-fellow (Bio-statistician) at Merry Mackillop Institute of Health Research (MMIHR), Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. He holds PhD degree in Statistics from Monash University. His PhD research was on time-series analysis and forecasting. Previously he worked as a post-doctoral biostatistician at the department of epidemiology and preventive medicine, Monash University. His previous work has involved development of statistical methods for short interrupted time series, methods for cluster randomized crossover trial, multilevel modelling and analysis of case-crossover designs. Currently, he is working on physical activity and built environment projects.

His research interest includes applied statistical modelling, application of time-series analysis and forecasting, predictive and multilevel modelling in health sciences. 

Select publications

  • Gildow C, Cerin E, Sugiyama T, Adams M A, Miotas J, Akram M, Reis R S, Davey R,  Troelsen J,  Schofield G and Sallis J F (2019), Demographic moderators of objectively measured access to recreational destinations and leisure-time physical activity: a six-country study. To appear in Health and Place
  • Barnett A, Akram M, Hui-Ping Sit C, Melleker R, Carver A, Cerin E (2019), Predictors of healthier and more sustainable school travel mode profiles among Hong Kong adolescents. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 16:48. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-019-0807-4
  • Finch C F, Gray S E, Akram M, Donaldson A, Lloyd D, Cook J (2019), Controlled ecological evaluation of an implemented exercise-training programme to prevent lower limb injuries in sport: population-level trends in hospital treated injuries. British Journal of Sports Medicine, vol 53, 487-492. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2018-099488
  • Jones S C, Andrew K, Francis K and Akram M (2018) When are they old enough to drink? Outcomes of an Australian social marketing intervention targeting alcohol initiation. Drug and Alcohol Review, Vol 37, issue (S1), p=S375-S383.  https://doi.org/ 10.1111/dar.12653
  • Dillon M, Fortington L., Akram M, Erbas B., Kohler F. (2017). Geographic variation of lower extremity amputation across Australia. PLoS ONE 12(1): e0170705. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0170705
  • Finch C F, Cook J, Kunstler B, Akram M, Orchard J (2017). Subsequent Injuries More Common Than You Think. An analysis of prospectively collected injuries in professional Australian Football. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, vol 45, issue 8, 1921-1927. DOI: 10.1177/0363546517691943
  • Akram M, Bhatti M. I., Ashfaq M. and Khan A. A. (2017), Hierarchical Forecasts of Agronomy-Based Data. American Journal of Mathematical and Management Sciences, vol 36, issue 1, 49-65.
  • Forbes A., Akram M, Pilcher D., Cooper J. and Bellomo R. (2015), Cluster randomised crossover trials with binary data and unbalanced cluster sizes:  Application to studies of near-universal interventions in intensive care, Clinical Trials, vol 12(1), pp. 1-11.
  • Akram M. and Hayat, A. (2014), Comparison of the estimators of Weibull Distribution. Journal of Statistical Theory and Practice, vol 8,issue 2, 238-259.


  • International Physical Activity and the Environment Network (IPEN) Adolescent study.
    Principal investigator: Professor Ester Cerin and Professor Jim Sallis
    Funding: US$ 2,823,300 (National Institute of Health, USA)
  • Associations of socio-demographic, environmental, social and psychological factors with active travel in Hong Kong adolescents: the iHealt(H) cross-sectional study.
    Principal investigator: Professor Ester Cerin and A/Professor Anthony Barnett
    Funding: HK$ 744,953 (General Research Fund, HK)
  • Development of measures for the study of environmental neighbourhood and family determinants of physical activity in Hong Kong preschoolers
    Principal investigator: Professor Ester Cerin
    Funding: HK$ 118,322
  • A Community based approach to the problem of underage drinking (KIAMA PROJECT).
    Principal investigator: Professor Sandra Jones
    Funding: $931,000 (ARC Future Fellowship)

Accolades and awards

  • I was awarded travel grant by the faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University to attend Australian Statistical Society conference (ASC-2012), held in Adelaide in 2012.

Appointments and affiliations

  • Adjunct Research Fellow (Biostatistician), Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University since 2015.
  • Research Fellow (Biostatistician), Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University since 2009-2014.

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