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Alan Lopez, MS, PhD, is a Melbourne Laureate Professor and the Rowden-White Chair of Global Health and Burden of Disease Measurement at the University of Melbourne. He is also Director of the Global Burden of Disease Group in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. He is an Affiliate Professor of Global Health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.

He held prior appointments as Professor of Medical Statistics and Population Health, Professor of Global Health, and Head of the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland from 2003 to 2012. Prior to joining the University, he worked at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland for 22 years where he held a series of technical and senior managerial posts including Chief Epidemiologist in WHO’s Tobacco Control Program, Manager of WHO’s Program on Substance Abuse, Director of the Epidemiology and Burden of Disease Unit, and Senior Science Advisor to the Director-General.

Professor Lopez is a highly cited author whose publications have received worldwide acclaim for their importance and influence in health and medical research. He is the co-author with Christopher Murray of the seminal Global Burden of Disease Study (1996), which has greatly influenced debates about priority setting and resource allocation in health. He is the co-author with Sir Richard Peto of the Peto-Lopez method, which is widely used to estimate tobacco-attributable mortality to support policy action.

In June of 2016, Dr. Lopez was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his remarkable contributions to health science and the advancement of public health in developing countries.

Forthcoming events

NDPH Special Seminar - Could cigarette smoking really protect against a few types of cancer?

Monday, 21 October 2019, 1pm to 2pm @ CEU meeting room, 3rd Floor, Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

Richard Doll Seminar - Chronic kidney disease of unknown cause: the epidemic you’ve never heard of

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 1pm to 2pm @ Seminar rooms, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

UVBO Seminar - Nutrient timing and human health

Thursday, 24 October 2019, 1pm to 2pm @ School of Anthropology, 61 Banbury Road, OX2 6PE

NPEU Seminar - title TBC

Monday, 28 October 2019, 2pm to 3pm @ Seminar room 0, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

Richard Doll Seminar - Prostate cancer screening and treatment: what is the trial evidence and linked epidemiology?

Tuesday, 29 October 2019, 1pm to 2pm @ Seminar rooms, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

Health Services Research Unit Methods Group – Clinical Outcome Assessments: Content validity and meaningful change

Tuesday, 05 November 2019, 10.30am to 11.30am @ L1 Meeting room, Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF