DR Ada Cheung

DR Ada Cheung


  • Muscle (Muscle loss and sarcopaenia)
  • Prostate Cancer (Preventing side-effects of androgen deprivation therapy)
  • Transgender Health (Effects of cross-sex hormone therapy in transgender healthcare)



  • Dr Ada Cheung is a clinician scientist and holds a prestigious Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellowship based in the Department of Medicine (Austin Health), The University of Melbourne. She is also a Consultant general Endocrinologist in private practice, at Austin Hospital and the Australian Prostate Centre. Her research studies the role of testosterone and oestrogen on the body, focusing on preventing side-effects of androgen deprivation therapy for men with prostate cancer as well as improving health outcomes for transgender and gender diverse individuals. She currently leads a research group (www.transmedicalresearch.org) to improving health outcomes through medical research, education and advocacy. Her research predominantly focusses on understanding the effects of gender-affirming hormone treatments in transgender individuals. Her PhD thesis studied the prevention of muscle effects of androgen deprivation therapy, and was supported by the NHMRC. She has recently won a number of prestigious international and national awards for her research work including being one of five individuals worldwide, and the only Australian to win a US Endocrine Society Early Investigator Award in 2016 for outstanding contributions to endocrine research. Nationally, she was a finalist for the Premier's Award for Health and Medical Research (Victorian State Government) in 2018 and has been awarded the Viertel Charitable Foundation Clinical Investigator Award 2018, RACP Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation Fellowship for research excellence and community service leadership 2018, Austin Medical Research Foundation Bernie Sweet Fellowship 2017, the Australian Women in Endocrinology Young Investigator Award 2016, and the premier award of the Endocrine Society of Australia, the Bryan Hudson Clinical Endocrinology Award 2015 for the best clinical research presentation at the annual scientific meeting.

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Member of

  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Member 2018 -
  • Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health. Member 2015 -
  • Endocrine Society of Australia. Member 2009 -
  • US Endocrine Society. Member 2009 -
  • Australian Medical Association. Member 1998 -


Selected publications


Investigator on


Education and training

  • Dip Bus (Gov), Federation University Australia 2018
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2017
  • MBBS (Hons), University of Melbourne 2003

Awards and honors

  • Special Commendation, Dean's Innovation Grant, The University of Melbourne, 2018
  • Viertel Charitable Foundation, 2018
  • NHMRC Fellowship, 2018
  • Austin Medical Research Foundation Bernie Sweet Fellowship, 2017
  • Student Travel Award, Logemas, 2016
  • Outstanding Abstract Award at the Endocrine Society's 98th Annual Meeting, US Endocrine Society, 2016
  • Early Investigator Award for outstanding accomplishments in endocrine research, US Endocrine Society, 2016
  • Young Investigator Award, Australian Women in Endocrinology, 2016
  • Bryan Hudson Clinical Endocrinology Award for the best clinical research presentation, Endocrine Society of Australia, 2015
  • Medical Postgraduate Research Scholarship, National Health and Medical Research Council, 2011
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2011
  • Medical Education Award for the Most Outstanding HMO Supervisor, Austin Health, 2008
  • Deans Honours List, University of Melbourne, 2003
  • Senior Medical Staff Award for the Top Medical Student, Austin Health, 2003


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Dr Cheung has a number of projects in transgender health available to PhD, Honours and MD students.