Dr Simon James Thornley

MBChB, MPH(hons)

Biography

I am a Public Health Physician, lecturer and researcher in the section of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. My research interests include epidemiological methods, low carbohydrate and low sugar approaches to diet, and the link between scabies and important diseases of childhood, such as acute rheumatic fever. Outside of work, I'm an avid reader, cyclist and photographer. I also dabble in electronics and computing. I co-ordinate the course POPLHLTH 304 (Applied Epidemiology; undergraduate) and POPLHLTH 709 (Evidence Based Practice; postgraduate) in the section of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. I am also a keen user of R software. 

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Scabies
  • Nutrition
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Addiction

Teaching | Current

Course director POPLHLTH 304; Principles of applied epidemiology

Course director POPLHLTH 216; Essential epidemiology

Course director POPLHLTH 709; Evidence for best practice

Areas of expertise

Public Health, biostatistics, epidemiology, food addiction, cardiovascular disease.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

FIZZ (Fighting sugar in soft drinks advocacy group)

Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine

Fellow of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Thornley, S., King, R., Marshall, R., Oakley, A., Sundborn, G., Harrower, J., ... Johnson, R. J. (2019). How strong is the relationship between scabies and acute rheumatic fever? An analysis of neighbourhood factors. Journal of paediatrics and child health10.1111/jpc.14697
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Roger Marshall, Gerhard Sundborn
  • Thornley, S., Schofield, G., Zinn, C., & Henderson, G. (2019). How reliable is the statistical evidence for limiting saturated fat intake? A fresh look at the influential Hooper meta-analysis. Internal medicine journal, 49 (11), 1418-1424. 10.1111/imj.14325
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49633
  • Sundborn, G., Thornley, S., Merriman, T. R., Lang, B., King, C., Lanaspa, M. A., & Johnson, R. J. (2019). Are Liquid Sugars Different from Solid Sugar in Their Ability to Cause Metabolic Syndrome?. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.), 27 (6), 879-887. 10.1002/oby.22472
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gerhard Sundborn, Bodo Lang
  • Harvey, C. J. D. C., Schofield, G. M., Zinn, C., Thornley, S. J., Crofts, C., & Merien, F. L. R. (2019). Low-carbohydrate diets differing in carbohydrate restriction improve cardiometabolic and anthropometric markers in healthy adults: A randomised clinical trial. PEERJ, 710.7717/peerj.6273
  • Thornley, S., Sundborn, G., Arbuckle, M., Loring, B., Heather, M., & Reynolds, E. (2018). Is impetigo a missed opportunity for scabies treatment?. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131 (1481), 78-81. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gerhard Sundborn
  • Thornley, S., Marshall, R., Jarrett, P., Sundborn, G., Reynolds, E., & Schofield, G. (2018). Scabies is strongly associated with acute rheumatic fever in a cohort study of Auckland children. Journal of paediatrics and child health, 54 (6), 625-632. 10.1111/jpc.13851
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Roger Marshall, Paul Jarrett, Gerhard Sundborn
  • Sundborn, G., Thornley, S., Beaglehole, R., & Bezzant, N. (2017). Policy brief: A sugary drink tax for New Zealand and 10,000-strong petition snubbed by Minister of Health and National Government. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130 (1462), 114-116.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gerhard Sundborn
  • Sundborn, G., Thornley, S. J., Malcolm, J., Zinn, C., Lang, B., & Johnson, R. (2017). New Zealand infants weaned onto a high sugar diet from four months old: Better health or better business? Part II. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130 (1457), 86-88.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gerhard Sundborn, Bodo Lang

Contact details

Alternative contact

Mobile: 0212991752

Office hours

Monday to Thursday

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 1, Room 1136
28 PARK AVE
GRAFTON
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand