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 an endocrinologist in private practice and at Austin Health.
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.
Dr Cheung is involved in supervising 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 and Australian Diabetes Society, recently involved in developing the Type 1 Diabetes Consulting Skills book and was also an invited speaker and previously on the Program Organising Committee for the Endocrine Society of Australia Annual Seminar. She is also a member of the US Endocrine Society, American Diabetes Association and the Australian Professional Association for Trans Health. Dr Cheung views engagement with community groups and active contribution to international and national endocrine societies and conferences to be essential in ensuring relevance of research and to expand research impact. 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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Health Needs of Trans and Gender Diverse Adults in Australia: A Qualitative Analysis of a ..
Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Amongs..
Bone And Metabolic Health In Trans And Gender Diverse Individuals Receiving Testosterone O..
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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..
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 | 2019 | Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can compromise health and may be more prevalen..
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
Early Investigator Award for outstanding accomplishments in endocrine research
Outstanding Abstract Award at the Endocrine Society's 98th Annual Meeting
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