Professor Alan Lopez is Professor of Global Health and former Head of the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland and an Affiliate Professor of Global Health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.
Prior to joining the University in January 2003, he worked at the World
Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, for 22 years where he held
a series of senior technical and managerial posts including Chief
Epidemiologist in WHO’s Tobacco Control Program (1992-95),
Manager of WHO’s Program on Substance Abuse (1996-98), Director of
the Epidemiology and Burden of Disease Unit (1999-2001) and Senior
Science Advisor to the Director – General (2002).
He is a highly cited author whose publications have received worldwide acclaim for their rank in 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.
Professor Lopez is on the editorial board of PLoS Medicine, The International Journal of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, and co-Editor in Chief of Population Health Metrics. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for INDEPTH. He was a member of the Wellcome Trust Population and Public Health Funding Committee (2007-2010), the WHO Expert Committee on NCD Surveillance (2009-2011), the US National Academy of Sciences Panel on Divergent Trends in Longevity (2008-2011), The Scientific Board of the Oxford Health Alliance Grand Challenges in Non-Communicable Disease (2006-2009), and was former Chair of the Health and Medical Research Council of Queensland. Since 2007, he has been the Executive Director of the AusAID-funded Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub at the University of Queensland. In January 2012, Professor Lopez was elected Chairman of the Executive Board of the Health Metrics Network hosted by the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He was elected as a Foreign Associate Member of the Institute of Medicine of the U.S National Academies of Sciences in 2009, and serves on the National Academies of Sciences’ Committee on Population as an expert panel member.
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