Alan D. Lopez

Alan D. Lopez

Alan D. Lopez is professor of medical statistics and population health and Head of the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland , Australia . Prior to joining the university in January 2003, he worked for 22 years at the World Health Organization in Geneva, where he held a series of technical and senior managerial posts, including chief epidemiologist in the Tobacco Control Program (1992-5), manager of the Program on Substance Abuse (1996-8), director of the Epidemiology and Burden of Disease Unit (1999-2001), and senior science adviser to the director-general (2002).

Professor Lopez has published widely on mortality analysis and causes of death, including the impact of the global tobacco epidemic, and on the global descriptive epidemiology of major diseases, injuries, and risk factors. He is the coauthor of the seminal Global Burden of Disease Study (1996), which has greatly influenced debates about priority setting and resource allocation in health. He has been awarded major research grants in epidemiology, health services research, and population health; chairs the Health and Medical Research Council of Queensland; and is a member of Australia 's Medical Services Advisory Committee.

Professor Lopez graduated with an honors degree in mathematics from the University of Western Australia in 1973 and a master of science degree in statistics from Purdue University in the United States . He was awarded a Ph.D. in medical demography from the Australian National University in 1979. His principal research interests are analysis of mortality data; burden of disease methods and applications; and quantification of the health effects of tobacco, particularly in developing countries. He has collaborated extensively with leading researchers throughout the world on these issues, particularly at Harvard and Oxford universities, and he holds an adjunct appointment at Harvard University as professor of population and international health.

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