Congratulations Laureate Professor Alan Lopez

Laureate Professor Alan Lopez, one of Australia's most internationally recognised and respected researchers in public health, has been appointed Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his eminent service to science, both nationally and internationally, as an academic, researcher and author, and to the advancement of planning and policy development to improve public health in developing countries.

Professor Lopez has made distinguished contributions to both global health policy and practice and to academia in Australia and internationally (including through research and training). An eminent and influential public health researcher recognised as one of the ten most influential scientists worldwide in 2015 for his seminal work on measuring the global burden of disease, Professor Lopez is a leading authority on the collection and use of data to inform the development of health policy, particularly in developing nations.

In his 22 years at the World Health Organization, Professor Lopez made important scientific contributions in the areas of tobacco control, substance abuse, epidemiology and statistics and as advisor to the Director-General on scientific standards for WHO data and publications and the development of evidence-based guidelines. He returned to Australia in 2003 as Head of the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland, where he built an international reputation for the School during his ten years at the helm.  

As Rowden White Chair of Global Health and Burden of Disease Measurement and Director, Bloomberg Initiative for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics at the University of Melbourne, Professor Lopez 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 innovative research and communications technologies to help countries improve basic birth and death data and to monitor major risk factors. Partners include the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the CDC Foundation, Vital Strategies, Johns Hopkins University and the World Health Organization.