Dr Ada Cheung is a clinician scientist and holds a prestigious Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Fellowship and a Dame Kate Campbell Fellowship in the Department of Medicine (Austin Health), The University of Melbourne. She is also an endocrinologist in private practice and at Austin Health.
She currently leads a research group (www.transmedicalresearch.org) which strives to improve transgender health. Her research focusses on improving gender-affirming hormone therapy as well as overall health of community members and medical education in trans health. Her PhD thesis studied the prevention of muscle effects of androgen deprivation therapy, and was supported by the NHMRC. She continues an active role in prostate cancer research. Dr Cheung has won a large number of international and national awards for her research including being one of five recipients worldwide (and the only Australian) of the prestigious US Endocrine Society Early Investigator Award in 2016 and a finalist in the Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research (Government of Victoria) in 2018.
Dr Cheung is the primary supervisor of PhD and MD research project students and is also a tutor and lecturer at the University of Melbourne Medical School. Furthermore, she is actively involved in the Endocrine Society of Australia, is on the Policy Committee for the Australian Professional Association for Trans Health and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism as well as Therapeutic Advances in Endocrinology and Metabolism. Committed to community service in the not-for-profit sector, Dr Cheung is a Fellow of the Institute of Community Directors Australia and has a Diploma in Business (Governance).
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A Randomised Double-Blind Placebo Controlled Trial Of Low-Dose Transdermal Estrogen In Tra..
Differing effects of zoledronic acid on bone microarchitecture and bone mineral density in..
Testosterone therapy considerations in estrogen, progesterone and androgen receptor positi..
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Global Coagulation Assays in Transgender Women on Oral and Transdermal Estradiol Therapy.
Hui Yin Lim, Shalem Y Leemaqz, Niloufar Torkamani, Mathis Grossmann, Jeffrey D Zajac, Harshal Nandurkar, Prahlad Ho, Ada S Cheung
Journal article | 2020 | The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
CONTEXT: The thrombotic effects of estradiol therapy in transgender women are unclear. Global coagulation assays (GCA) may be bett..
Differing effects of zoledronic acid on bone microarchitecture and bone mineral density in men receiving androgen deprivation therapy: a randomised controlled trial.
Ada S Cheung, Rudolf Hoermann, Ali Ghasem-Zadeh, Alistair J Tinson, Vivian Ly, Stefan V Milevski, Daryl Lim Joon, Jeffrey D Zajac, Ego Seeman, Mathis Grossmann
Journal article | 2020 | Journal of Bone and Mineral Research
Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) given to men with prostate cancer causes rapid and severe sex steroid deficiency leading to inc..
Testosterone therapy considerations in estrogen, progesterone and androgen receptor positive breast cancer in a transgender male.
Melanie Light, Thomas McFarlane, Andrew Ives, Bhaumik Shah, Elgene Lim, Mathis Grossmann, Jeffrey D Zajac, Ada S Cheung
Journal article | 2020 | Clinical Endocrinology
A 44-year-old premenopausal individual assigned female at birth but with a male gender identity, presented requesting masculinizin..
Sustained remission of Lynch syndrome-associated metastatic adrenocortical carcinoma following checkpoint inhibitor therapy-associated multiorgan autoimmunity.
Aditi Nevgi, Oliver Klein, Ada S Cheung
Journal article | 2020 | Clinical Endocrinology
Adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) is a rare and aggressive tumour with limited treatment options for metastatic disease1 . Immunother..
Relationships between body mass index with oral estradiol dose and serum estradiol concentration in transgender adults undergoing feminising hormone therapy
Brendan J Nolan, Adam Brownhill, Ingrid Bretherton, Peggy Wong, Susan Fox, Peter Locke, Nicholas Russell, Mathis Grossmann, Jeffrey D Zajac, Ada S Cheung
Journal article | 2020 | Therapeutic Advances in Endocrinology and Metabolism
Non-Binary and Binary Gender Identity in Australian Trans and Gender Diverse Individuals
Ada S Cheung, Shalem Y Leemaqz, John WP Wong, Denise Chew, Olivia Ooi, Pauline Cundill, Nicholas Silberstein, Peter Locke, Sav Zwickl, Ren Grayson, Jeffrey D Zajac, Ken C Pang
Journal article | 2020 | Archives of Sexual Behavior
Prevalence of polycythaemia with different formulations of testosterone therapy in transmasculine individuals.
Brendan J Nolan, Shalem Y Leemaqz, Olivia Ooi, Pauline Cundill, Nicholas Silberstein, Peter Locke, Mathis Grossmann, Jeffrey D Zajac, Ada S Cheung
Journal article | 2020 | Internal Medicine Journal
BACKGROUND: Masculinising hormone therapy with testosterone is used to align an individual's physical characteristics with their g..
Youths with a non-binary gender identity: a review of their sociodemographic and clinical profile
Denise Chew, Michelle A Tollit, Zeffie Poulakis, Sav Zwickl, Ada S Cheung, Ken C Pang
Journal article | 2020 | The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health
Many of the considerable number of young people who identify as transgender or gender diverse do not conform to traditional binary..
Effects of gender-affirming hormone therapy on insulin resistance and body composition in transgender individuals: A systematic review
Cassandra Spanos, Ingrid Bretherton, Jeffrey D Zajac, Ada S Cheung
Journal article | 2020 | World Journal of Diabetes
BACKGROUND: Transgender individuals receiving masculinising or feminising gender-affirming hormone therapy with testosterone or es..
Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Amongst Individuals with Gender Dysphoria: A Systematic Review
Emily Thrower, Ingrid Bretherton, Ken C Pang, Jeffrey D Zajac, Ada S Cheung
Journal article | 2020 | Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can compromise health and may be more prevalen..
Australian endocrinologists need more training in transgender health: A national survey
Ingrid Bretherton, Mathis Grossmann, Shalem Y Leemaqz, Jeffrey D Zajac, Ada S Cheung
Journal article | 2020 | Clinical Endocrinology
OBJECTIVE: An increasing number of trans and gender diverse (TGD) individuals are seeking gender-affirming hormone therapy for gen..
Health Needs of Trans and Gender Diverse Adults in Australia: A Qualitative Analysis of a National Community Survey
Sav Zwickl, Alex Wong, Ingrid Bretherton, Max Rainier, Daria Chetcuti, Jeffrey D Zajac, Ada S Cheung
Journal article | 2019 | International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
There is an increasing demand for trans and gender diverse (TGD) health services worldwide. Given the unique and diverse healthcar..
Position statement on the hormonal management of adult transgender and gender diverse individuals
Ada S Cheung, Katie Wynne, Jaco Erasmus, Sally Murray, Jeffrey D Zajac
Journal article | 2019 | Medical Journal of Australia
INTRODUCTION: Rising demand for gender-affirming hormone therapy mandates a need for more formalised care of transgender and gende..
Biomechanical leg muscle function during stair ambulation in men receiving androgen deprivation therapy.
Ada S Cheung, Hans A Gray, Anthony G Schache, Rudolf Hoermann, Jarrod Bicknell, Daryl Lim Joon, Jeffrey D Zajac, Marcus G Pandy, Mathis Grossmann
Journal article | 2019 | The Journals of Gerontology: Series A
BACKGROUND: The role of testosterone in maintaining functional performance in older men remains uncertain. METHODS: We conducted a..
Cyproterone acetate or spironolactone in lowering testosterone concentrations for transgender individuals receiving oestradiol therapy
Lachlan Angus, Shalem Leemaqz, Olivia Ooi, Pauline Cundill, Nicholas Silberstein, Peter Locke, Jeffrey D Zajac, Ada S Cheung
Journal article | 2019 | Endocrine Connections
Selective Loss of Levator Ani and Leg Muscle Volumes in Men Undergoing Androgen Deprivation Therapy
Ada S Cheung, Christopher Cunningham, Dong-Kyoon Daniel Ko, Vivian Ly, Hans Gray, Rudolf Hoermann, Boyd JG Strauss, Ebrahim Bani Hassan, Gustavo Duque, Peter Ebeling, Marcus G Pandy, Jeffrey D Zajac, Mathis Grossmann
Journal article | 2019 | The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
Cyproterone vs spironolactone as anti-androgen therapy for transgender females receiving oestradiol therapy
Ada S Cheung, Olivia Ooi, Dahlia Davidoff, Shalem Y Leemaqz, Pauline Cundill, Nicholas Silberstein, Ingrid Bretherton, Mathis Grossmann, Jeffrey D Zajac
Conference Proceedings | 2018 | CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY
Short-term effects of transdermal estradiol in men undergoing androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer: a randomized placebo-controlled trial
Nicholas Russell, Rudolf Hoermann, Ada S Cheung, Michael Ching, Jeffrey D Zajac, David J Handelsman, Mathis Grossmann
Journal article | 2018 | European Journal of Endocrinology
Sociodemographic and Clinical Characteristics of Transgender Adults in Australia.
Ada S Cheung, Olivia Ooi, Shalem Leemaqz, Pauline Cundill, Nicholas Silberstein, Ingrid Bretherton, Emily Thrower, Peter Locke, Mathis Grossmann, Jeffrey D Zajac
Journal article | 2018 | Transgender Health
Background: Over the last 10 years, increases in demand for transgender health care has occurred worldwide. T..
Actin alpha cardiac muscle 1 gene expression is upregulated in the skeletal muscle of men undergoing androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer
Ada S Cheung, Casey de Rooy, Itamar Levinger, Kesha Rana, Michele V Clarke, Jackie M How, Andrew Garnham, Catriona McLean, Jeffrey D Zajac, Rachel A Davey, Mathis Grossmann
Journal article | 2017 | The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Androgen deprivation causes selective deficits in the biomechanical leg muscle function of men during walking: a prospective case-control study
Ada S Cheung, Hans Gray, Anthony G Schache, Rudolf Hoermann, Daryl Lim Joon, Jeffrey D Zajac, Marcus G Pandy, Mathis Grossmann
Journal article | 2017 | Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
Relationships between insulin resistance and frailty with body composition and testosterone in men undergoing androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer
Ada S Cheung, Rudolf Hoermann, Philippe Dupuis, Daryl Lim Joon, Jeffrey D Zajac, Mathis Grossmann
Journal article | 2016 | European Journal of Endocrinology
Cardiovascular risk and bone loss in men undergoing androgen deprivation therapy for non-metastatic prostate cancer: implementation of standardized management guidelines
AS Cheung, D Pattison, I Bretherton, R Hoermann, D Lim Joon, E Ho, T Jenkins, EJ Hamilton, K Bate, I Chan, JD Zajac, M Grossmann
Journal article | 2013 | Andrology
Failure of functional imaging with gallium-68-DOTA-D-Phe1-Tyr3-octreotide positron emission tomography to localize the site of ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone secretion: a case report.
Linsey U Gani, Emily J Gianatti, Ada S Cheung, George Jerums, Richard J Macisaac
Journal article | 2011 | Journal of Medical Case Reports
INTRODUCTION: The diagnostic efficacy of biochemical and imaging modalities for investigating the causes of Cushing's syndrome are..
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Young Investigator Award
Student Travel Award
Outstanding Abstract Award at the Endocrine Society's 98th Annual Meeting
Early Investigator Award for outstanding accomplishments in endocrine research
Bryan Hudson Clinical Endocrinology Award for the best clinical research presentation
Medical Postgraduate Research Scholarship
Medical Education Award for the Most Outstanding HMO Supervisor
Deans Honours List
Senior Medical Staff Award for the Top Medical Student
NHMRCF - NHMRC Fellowship
FRACP - Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Senior Research Fellow In Endocrinology
Medicine - Austin Health
World Professional Association for Transgender Health
Australian Professional Association for Trans Health
Endocrine Society of Australia
US Endocrine Society
Australian Medical Association
Diploma of Business (Governance)
Federation University Australia
Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine)
University of Melbourne
Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Medicine and Surgery
University of Melbourne