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  • Vinod Srivastava, MD, DPH, MSc January 24, 2013

    Dr. Vinod K Srivastava, MD, DPH, MSc (LSHTM), the current IEA-SEA Regional Councilor, is a senior Public Health Specialist who served in India as a Professor of Social & Preventive Medicine at King George’s Medical University, Lucknow for over 18 years. Recently he also served for a short spell as Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Integral University, Lucknow, India and Vice Chancellor, Texila American University, Georgetown, Guyana, South America. Dr. Srivastava received his trainings in epidemiology at CDC / Emory University, Atlanta and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London. He has published over 125 research papers and guided over 40 MD and PhD theses. He has also worked as Chief Editor of the Indian Journal of Public Health. He is recipient of Fellowships of Indian Public Health Association, Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine, National Academy of Medical Sciences, India and Indian Society of Medical Statistics. He has also served ...

  • Prof. Vinod K. Srivastava September 7, 2014

    MD (Social & Preventive Medicine), DPH, M.Sc. Comm. Med. (LSHTM),FAMS, FIPHA, FIAPSM, FSMS Professor Vinod K Srivastava, the present Secretary, IEA, is currently working as Head, Department of Community Medicine, Hind Institute of Medical Sciences, Barabanki, Greater Lucknow, India. He also served as a teaching faculty in Social & Preventive Medicine at King George’s Medical University, Lucknow as well as the Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Integral University, Lucknow, India. Dr. Srivastava also occupied some important research positions in India viz. Director, Regional Medical Research Centre, NE Region (Indian Council of Medical Research), Dibrugarh and Director, State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Lucknow, India.  Besides his training in epidemiology in India, Dr. Srivastava also received advanced training in epidemiology at CDC / Emory University, Atlanta and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London. Dr. Srivastava has undertaken and coordinated large number of research projects and has been principal Investigator ...

  • Pat Buffler, 1938-2013 September 29, 2013

    It is with profound sadness that we inform IEA members and the epidemiology community of the passing of one of the giants of our profession, Patricia Buffler. Her untimely death on Thursday, September 26, at the age of 75, stopped her career at a point when she was as active as ever. Pat was President-Elect of the IEA. Her term was to start in August 2014, during the World Congress of Epidemiology to be held in Anchorage, Alaska, a state where she spent many cherished moments of her professional life, she used to remind us. Pat was a nurse and biologist at heart, skills she acquired as an undergraduate. Her passion for public health began in the early 60’s at her beloved University of California, Berkeley, where she earned two graduate degrees, in public health administration and epidemiology. In an impressive career that spanned five decades, she left an indelible mark ...

  • Obituary: Tony McMichael October 4, 2014

    It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected death of Tony McMichael. Only a few weeks ago he presented the opening Cruickshank Lecture at the IEA World Congress in Alaska on “Climate Change, the Anthropocene, and Human Health: Implications for 21st Century Epidemiology”. Tony was a worldwide authority on the possible health consequences of climate change. Further information about his life and work can be found here.

  • Obituary: Professor David JP Barker CBE FRS September 13, 2013

    Born: 29th June 1938, Died: 27th August 2013 David JP Barker was a physician, a biologist and one of the most influential epidemiologists of our time. His ‘fetal programming hypothesis’ (‘Barker Hypothesis’) transformed our thinking about the causes of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. He challenged the idea that they are explained by bad genes and unhealthy adult lifestyles, and proposed that their roots lie in the early life environment: “the nourishment a baby receives from its mother, and its exposure to infection after birth, determine its susceptibility to chronic disease in later life”. By permanently ‘programming’ the body’s metabolism and growth, they determine the pathologies of old age. He set out this theory in a series of books, starting with Mothers, Babies and Disease in Later Life in 1994. His initially controversial, but now widely accepted, ideas have stimulated an explosion of research worldwide into early development and later disease ...

  • Obituary: Lester Breslow, 1915-2012 June 8, 2012

    Public Health has lost a capable and effective champion and legend with the passing of Lester Breslow, M.D.,M.P.H. Sc.D. (hon). Professor Breslow, one of the founders of the International Epidemiological Association passed away April 9, 2012. He served as President of the association from 1968-71, as a member of council from 1957-71, as chairman of the Executive Committee from 1964-68. He was Honorary Chair of the 1990 meeting in Los Angeles which was organized by his devoted wife, Devra.  One of his major goals for the IEA was to involve Eastern European epidemiologists in its activities – not exactly popular in the 1960s and 70s. He developed a friendship with Dr Venediktov, the minister of health in the USSR, and he was partly instrumental in subsequently recruiting Professor Jan Kostrezewski, a Polish Minister of Health as a member. Professor Kostrezewski  later became President of the IEA. Lester was one of public ...

  • Obituary – Johannes Mosbech (12/02/1922 – 18/02/2013) May 8, 2013

    Johannes was President of the IEA between 1984 and 1987. His death is a great loss. He obtained his medical degree in 1948 from Copenhagen University and became Dr.Med in 1953. He worked as a consultant in internal medicine at a number of the major hospitals in Copenhagen. From 1957 to 1994 he also worked for the Danish National Board of Health and acted as an advisor to several WHO (Euro) and WHO (Geneva) committees. As a physician he was highly respected in Denmark which certainly helped him in the advice he gave to the National Board of Health. He published outstanding papers on pernicious anaemia, cancer of the stomach and coronary heart disease. He was involved in developing the classification of disease. One of his early papers was on heredity in pernicious anaemia. His interest in classification and diagnosis and in cancer occurrence stimulated his interest in epidemiology. He ...

  • Obituary: Dr. Palmer Beasley September 13, 2012

    Dr. Palmer Beasley, an IEA member, passed away at the end of August. At the time of his death he was a professor and former dean of The University of Texas School of Public Health.

  • Neil Pearce January 24, 2013

    Professor Pearce is Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Director of the Centre for Global NCDs, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. During 2000-2010 he was Director of the Centre for Public Health Research in the Research School of Public Health on the Massey University Wellington Campus. Since the completion of his PhD in epidemiology in 1985 he has been engaged in a wide range of public health research activities. During 1980-1988 his main research interest was in occupational epidemiology, and during this time he co-authored the leading textbook of occupational epidemiology, published by Oxford University Press in 1989 (the 2nd edition was published in 2004). In the 1990s he conducted a wide range of asthma research projects including the identification of the role of the asthma drug fenoterol in the New Zealand asthma mortality epidemic, studies of occupational asthma, studies of the management of asthma in ...

  • John Pemberton Archives September 30, 2012

    John Pemberton was the key figure in founding the ‘International corresponding club (ICS), later to become the International Epidemiological Association (IEA), and the Society for Social Medicine (SSM). A collection of papers, mostly relating to foundations and early years of IEA and SSM, collected by John Pemberton himself, has been lodged at Cardiff University.

  • J. Jaime Miranda, MD, MSc, PhD, FFPH January 24, 2013

    J. Jaime Miranda, MD, MSc, PhD, FFPH, is Research Professor at the Department of Medicine, School of Medicine and Director of CRONICAS Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases, both at Universidad  Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) in Lima, Peru. His works brings together epidemiological and health policy aspects of chronic non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries with emphasis on obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. In Peru, he has established the PERU MIGRANT study, the CRONICAS Cohort study and led the CRASH-2 trial. Dr. Miranda is a Member of PLoS International Advisory Group, Councillor for Latin America & Caribbean of the International Epidemiological Association and Fellow of Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom. Dr. Miranda trained in medicine at UPCH and earned a PhD in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK).

  • Ezra Susser, MD, DrPH January 24, 2013

    Ezra Susser, MD, DrPH,  is Professor Epidemiology and Psychiatry at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and New York State Psychiatric Institute, Director of the Imprints Center for Genetic and Environmental Lifecourse Studies, and co-Director of the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University. He is also the Dr. Lisa Oehler Visiting Professor, at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Göttingen, Germany. Dr. Susser’s work, at present, focuses primarily on neurodevelopmental disorders, some evident in childhood, such as autism spectrum disorders, and others evident later, such as schizophrenia. It includes studies of causes at many levels, ranging from prenatal exposures to genetics/epigenetics to childhood sociocultural context; the potential for prevention; and ways of enhancing the quality of life of affected individuals over their life course. Much of Dr. Susser’s past research focused on the inter-relationships between sociocultural conditions and mental illness. This work included international studies (with WHO) ...

  • Dr Newton I. Kumwenda June 5, 2012

    Job Title: Field Director (Research Associate), Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Malawi, since 1996 Main Qualifications: 1992-1996:  PhD- Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 1991-1992:  MPH- Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 1987-1988:  MSc- Medical Parasitology, University of London, London, United Kingdom 1978-1982: BSc- Biology/ Chemistry, University of Malawi, Zomba, Malawi Research Interests Newton obtained his training as an epidemiologist from Johns Hopkins University. He is holding a joint appointment as Research Associate in the Infectious Disease Program, Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Senior lecturer Department of Community Health at the college of Medicine, University of Malawi. He has extensive experience in infectious diseases, public health and laboratory management specifically conducting cohort studies and clinical trials in HIV and other tropical diseases. He is also the Field Director and Co-investigator for the Blantyre Clinical Research Site (CRS) in Malawi and is involved in the HIV Prevention ...

  • Dr. Mervyn Susser: Obituary August 17, 2014

    Dear Colleagues and friends It is with great sadness that I inform you that Dr Mervyn Susser, our dear friend and colleague, passed away last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Zena Stein, their children and their families. Below is a short biography: Dr Mervyn Susser and his wife, Dr Zena Stein were influenced as young South African medical students in the late 1940s by the work done by Sidney and Emily Kark in establishing a network of primary health centers in rural areas of Natal Province based on principles of comprehensive community care and preventive medicine. Following the Karks’ example, Zena and Mervyn made rigorous science and social justice the hallmarks of their work and their lives. Dr Susser, began his career in community and primary health care in Alexandra, South Africa. He later qualified as a member of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh), and was recruited ...

  • Dr. Kingsley K. Akinroye January 24, 2013

    Kingsley K. Akinroye, is a Cardiovascular Health Physician and the Vice-President (Elect) of the World Heart Federation. He is the Regional Councilor (Africa), of the International Epidemiological Association, Executive Director, of the Nigerian Heart Foundation; and, Past President of the African Heart Network. He served as Temporary Adviser to the World Health Organization on NCDs, and is currently a member of the World Health Organization Expert Committee on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

  • DA Henderson 1928-2016 August 29, 2016

    . DA Henderson, one of the most eminent epidemiologists worldwide, has died. He led the World Health Organisation’s smallpox eradication program in the 1960s and 70s. He had also been Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and was an adviser on bioterrorism to several presidents. Until his death he continued to advise and mentor epidemiologists around the world. Link to his obituary: click here  

  • Cesar Victora January 18, 2014

    Cesar G. Victora is Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology at the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil, where he works since 1977. He also has honorary appointments at Johns Hopkins University, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Oxford University.  He has conducted extensive research in maternal and child health and nutrition, birth cohort studies, inequalities in health, and on the evaluation of the impact of major global health programs. Some of the studies he has contributed to include case-control studies on breastfeeding and infant mortality, the three Pelotas Birth Cohort Studies (1982, 1993 and 2004), the Multicenter Growth Reference Study which led to the WHO Child Growth Standards, several large-scale evaluation studies including the Multi-Country Evaluation of IMCI (Integrated Management of Childhood Illness),  and the COHORTS collaboration including the five longest-running birth cohort studies in developing countries. In 2003 he was one of the coordinators of the Lancet/Bellagio ...

  • Betty Monsour (1949-2015) December 18, 2015

    Betty Monsour, who acted as President of the 20th World Congress of Epidemiology held in August 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska, passed away earlier this month after a long battle with cancer. All of us who worked with her since 2008, when Alaska was chosen to host the WCE, are deeply appreciative of her energy, enthusiasm and good will in organizing a highly successful conference. Our thoughts are with Betty’s family and colleagues from the University of Alaska. Her obituary can be found here

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