- 28 March 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
THURSDAY 28 MARCH 2019, 1.00 pm
Auditorium, Level 6, BANCROFT building
Strengthening the evidence base for health systems and policy: evolution and contributions of the Global Burden of Disease Study
Professor Alan Lopez AC FAHMS,
The University of Melbourne Laureate Professor; Rowden-White Chair of Global Health and Burden of Disease Measurement Director, Global Burden of Disease Group; Director, Bloomberg Initiative for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics; Visiting Professor of Epidemiology at Oxford University, Big Data Institute; and an Affiliate Professor of Health Metrics Sciences in the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington
The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study was commissioned in the early 1990s to provide comparable measures of health loss in eight regions of the world to guide health development investment strategies by WHO and the World Bank. Over the past three decades, it has become one of the most influential sources of information for countries, researchers, philanthropy and other development partners on the leading causes of premature mortality and disability worldwide, involving over 3,500 collaborators in almost all countries. This talk will trace the history and key evolutions of the GBD Study in terms of its increasing scope, granularity and policy relevance, and will summarise the findings of the most recent GBD (2017) assessment of disease, injury and risk factor burden in various populations worldwide. Recent innovations in the GBD Study will also be briefly discussed, including forecasting death and disability to 2040, and the role and contribution of the GBD to monitoring major global health challenges and progress with global development goals.
Professor Alan Lopez AC FAHMS 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 a visiting Professor and Director of the IHME-Big Data Institute Unit at Oxford University, and an Affiliate Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington. Professor Lopez is the
co-author with Christopher Murray of the seminal GBD Study (1996), and subsequent updates, which have greatly influenced global and national debates about priority setting and resource allocation in health. In 2018, Lopez and Murray were awarded the John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award, for their ground-breaking work in conceptualizing and quantifying the GBD.