Adam Dunn is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Health Informatics at Macquarie University, working on applications of machine learning, information retrieval, text mining, and network science in clinical medicine and public health. His research includes clinical research informatics, building new tools to improve the way we use results from clinical trials in systematic reviews; and public health informatics, building new tools that extract measures of information exposure from social media data to predict attitudes and behaviours, and better understand how health misinformation spreads and persists in the public domain.

Adam has been an investigator on projects funded by the NHMRC and AHRQ; is an Associate Editor of BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, and Research Integrity and Peer Review; an Editorial Board member for JAMIA Open, and spends much of his time supporting postgraduate and early-career researchers.

Current research

  • Associate Professor in the Centre for Health Informatics, in the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; specialising in applications of machine learning, network science, and information retrieval to problems in clinical research and public health.
  • Public health informatics: Spatiotemporal patterns of information diets from publicly-available data; using social media as proxies of the beliefs and attitudes that underpin decision-making and health behaviours; measuring the spread and persistence of misinformation, disinformation, conspiracies, and false advertising.
  • Clinical research informatics: Machine learning and network science applications in clinical epidemiology; measuring and mitigating biases that affect the integrity of clinical trial research reporting and synthesis; financial conflicts of interest and their disclosures in biomedical research.

Current and past projects

  • NHMRC Project (APP1128968; 2017-2019) “Monitoring the gap between evidence and vaccination behaviour by sampling the location-specific consumption of health information from news and social media”
  • AHRQ R03 (HS024798-0; 2016-2017) “Developing Methods to Improve Systematic Reviews Using Clinical Trial Registries”
  • NHMRC Project (APP1045065; 2013-2015) “Using collaboration networks to measure bias and inefficiency in the production and translation of evidence about cardiovascular risk”


  • Centre for Health Informatics at UNSW and then Macquarie University (2008-now).
  • International Alcoa Foundation Conservation & Sustainability Fellow at Curtin University  (2006-2008); landscape ecology of invasive species.
  • Undergraduate training and PhD (2007) at The University of Western Australia in the suitably ambiguous area of complex systems and computational modelling formalisms, while modelling the spread of bushfires.

Funding groups, panels, and committees:

  • NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships Peer Review Committee (2018)
  • MQ Research Enrichment Program Executive (2018-)
  • MQ Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Promotion Committee Level C (2017-)
  • MQ Fellowship Panel (2015, 2016, 2017) and Co-chair (2018)
  • AIHI’s HDR Committee member for the Centre for Health Informatics (2016-)
  • NHMRC Project Grants as a reviewer (2012, 2016, 2018)
  • MQ Infrastructure Panel (2015, 2016)
  • MQ Postgraduate Research Fund Panel (2016)
  • MQ Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Promotion Committee Level B (2015)
  • UNSW Postdoctoral Academy Committee and Sub-Committee (2012-2013)


My email address is adam.dunn@mq.edu.au.

On this website, I keep an up-to-date list of my published articles and pre-prints, along with media mentions, the talks I give, and the peer review and editorial work that I do. Because I work across several disciplines, citations to my work are generally most reliable at Google Scholar. My Erdős number is four. If you want to get in contact with me fast, it’s probably best to tweet me at @adamgdunn.