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Alan Lopez

Laureate Prof Rowden-White Chair Of Global Health
Melbourne School Of Population And Global Health
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Alan Lopez

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Alan Lopez


Laureate Professor Alan Lopez is an international authority on the global burden of disease and the use of health data for the development of health systems and policy.

He has been awarded several major research grants in epidemiology, health services research and population health, including funding from the NHMRC, Wellcome Trust, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and AusAID.

He currently leads the Data for Health Initiative funded by a philanthropic grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies in association with the Australian Government’s Innovation Xchange program. This initiative aims to improve health data in developing countries by using new innovative research and communications technologies to help countries improve basic birth and death data and to monitor major risk factors.

Partners in this initiative include the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the CDC Foundation, Union North America, Johns Hopkins University and the World Health Organization.

Alan Lopez is the lead author of the Lancet Series ‘Counting the billions: Registration, recognition and the power of vital statistics’, being published in four papers over 2015.

Prior to working at the University of Melbourne, Alan Lopez worked at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva for 22 years in senior roles which included: 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). On leaving the World Health Organization he was appointed as the Head of the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland from 2003-2012.

Alan Lopez has over 82,000 citations to his work in health and medical research. His major collaborations have been in the measurement of tobacco-related mortality and the global burden of disease. He is the co-founder of the Global Burden of Disease Study with Christopher Murray, and co-developer of the Peto-Lopez method with Sir Richard Peto, widely used by countries to estimate tobacco-attributable mortality.

Alan Lopez is on the editorial boards of PLoS Medicine, Preventive Medicine, BMC Medicine, and is co-Editor in Chief of Population Health Metrics. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the International Network for the Demographic Evaluation of Populations and their Health in Developing Countries (INDEPTH Network). He was a member of the Wellcome Trust Population and Public Health Funding Committee (2007-11), the WHO Expert Committee on Non-communicable Disease Surveillance (2009-11), the United States’ National Academy of Sciences Panel on Divergent Trends in Longevity (2008-11), the Scientific Board of the Oxford Health Alliance Grand Challenges in Non-Communicable Disease (2006-09), and was former Chair of the Health and Medical Research Council of Queensland (2004-08). He is one of a few Australians elected to the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Scholarly Works

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Peter Wills Medal, Research Australia Awards


Melbourne University Laureate Professor


Foreign Associate Member, Institute of Medicine, US National Academies of Science


Distinguished Alumnus Award, School of Science, Purdue University


Leverhulme Prize (with Sir Richard Peto), Liverpool School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


FAFPHM - Fellow of the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine


National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia: Applied Health Sciences Fellowship in Epidemiology





Laureate Prof Rowden-White Chair Of Global Health

Melbourne School Of Population And Global Health

Committee For Health Care And Public Health Systems Planning

National Academy of Medicine (USA)


WHO Reference Group on Health Statistics

Founding Board Member & Co-Chair, The Child Health And Mortality Prevention Surveillance (Champs) Network

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Who Expert Committee On Ncd Surveillance

WHO Expert Committee on NCD Surveillance

Wellcome Trust Population And Public Health Funding Committee

Wellcome Trust Population and Public Health Funding Committee


Fellow of the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (Hon Causa)

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Doctor of Philosophy

Australian National University

Master of Science

Purdue University

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

The University of Western Australia