Dr Radwan Rahman Talukder

CKD Program Manager


PhD, Griffith University, Australia, 2016; Master of Public Health, Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Netherlands, 2011; Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Rangpur Medical College, Bangladesh, 2003

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:



Darwin – Royal Darwin Hospital


Dr Radwan Rahman Talukder has extensive experience designing and monitoring projects in diverse public health areas including chronic diseases, infectious diseases, Aboriginal health, environmental health, and maternal and child health from Australia and abroad with skills in both quantitative and qualitative research, and statistical analyses. Prior joining with the Renal Program at the Menzies School, Dr Radwan has worked for Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Alice Springs and led the first longitudinal study on Human T-cell Leukaemia Virus Type-1 (HTLV-1) assessing the health impacts of HTLV-1 among Aboriginal population in Central Australia as the Laboratory Head of HTLV-1 Research. Dr Radwan’s PhD research focused on health impact assessment of elevated water salinity in coastal Bangladesh.

Dr Radwan has several publications in international peer reviewed journals including the Lancet. He has also been providing scholarly support as a peer reviewer of many high impact journals (including the Lancet Planetary Health, Bulletin of the World Health Organization and Environmental pollution) and is now serving as a Guest Editor for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH). His research interests include health service planning for chronic diseases prevention and management, and assessment of climate change and health impacts.

  1. Einsiedel, L., Pham, H., Talukder, R. R., Liddle, J., Taylor, K., Wilson, K., Jersmann, H., Gessain, A., Woodman, R., & Kaldor, J. (2020). Pulmonary disease is associated with human T-cell leukaemia virus type 1c infection: a cross-sectional survey in remote Aboriginal Australian communities. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, ciaa1401. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciaa1401
  2. Talukder, R. R., Rutherford, S., Chu, C., Hieu Nguyen, T., & Phung, D. (2018). Association between salinity and hospital admission for hypertension: an ecological case-control study in the Mekong Delta Region in Vietnam. Journal of public health (Oxford, England), 40(1), 75–81. https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdx041
  3. Talukder, R. R., Rutherford, S., Huang, C., Phung, D., Islam, M. Z., & Chu, C. (2017). Drinking water salinity and risk of hypertension: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Archives of environmental & occupational health, 72(3), 126–138. https://doi.org/10.1080/19338244.2016.1175413
  4. Talukder, R. R., Rutherford, S., Phung, D., Islam, M. Z., & Chu, C. (2016). The effect of drinking water salinity on blood pressure in young adults of coastal Bangladesh. Environmental pollution (Barking, Essex : 1987), 214, 248–254. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2016.03.074
  5. Talukder, R. R., Rutherford, S., Phung, D., Malek, A., Khan, S., & Chu, C. (2016). Drinking water contributes to high salt consumption in young adults in coastal Bangladesh. Journal of water and health, 14(2), 293–305. https://doi.org/10.2166/wh.2015.129
  6. Phung, D., Talukder, R. R., Rutherford, S., & Chu, C. (2016). A climate-based prediction model in the high-risk clusters of the Mekong Delta region, Vietnam: towards improving dengue prevention and control. Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH, 21(10), 1324–1333. https://doi.org/10.1111/tmi.12754
  7. Talukder, R. R., Walley, R., Pham, H., Schinke, S., Woodman, R., Wilson, K., Sajiv, C., & Einsiedel, L. (2019). Higher human T-cell leukaemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) proviral load is associated with end-stage kidney disease in Indigenous Australians: Results of a case-control study in central Australia. Journal of medical virology, 91(10), 1866–1872. https://doi.org/10.1002/jmv.25532
  8. Islam, M. S., Saha, S. K., Islam, M., Modak, J. K., Shah, R., Talukder, R. R., El Arifeen, S., Baqui, A. H., Darmstadt, G. L., & Mullany, L. C. (2016). Prevalence, Serotype Distribution and Mortality Risk Associated With Group B Streptococcus Colonization of Newborns in Rural Bangladesh. The Pediatric infectious disease journal, 35(12), 1309–1312. https://doi.org/10.1097/INF.0000000000001306
  9. Shah, R., Mullany, L. C., Darmstadt, G. L., Talukder, R. R., Rahman, S. M., Mannan, I., Arifeen, S. E., Baqui, A. H., & ProjAHNMo Study Group in Bangladesh (2014). Neonatal mortality risks among preterm births in a rural Bangladeshi cohort. Paediatric and perinatal epidemiology, 28(6), 510–520. https://doi.org/10.1111/ppe.12145
  10. Arifeen, S. E., Mullany, L. C., Shah, R., Mannan, I., Rahman, S. M., Talukder, R. R., Begum, N., Al-Kabir, A., Darmstadt, G. L., Santosham, M., Black, R. E., & Baqui, A. H. (2012). The effect of cord cleansing with chlorhexidine on neonatal mortality in rural Bangladesh: a community-based, cluster-randomised trial. Lancet (London, England), 379(9820), 1022–1028. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(11)61848-5