IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor: Chris Bain

18 - 25 March 2013

Chris Bain, MB BS, MPH, MSc is currently Senior Epidemiologist, Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) and Visiting Fellow, Australian National University (ANU). Major themes in his research are pursuing the causes and outcome predictors of cancers and the application of epidemiological methods to evaluating and improving health services. He has extensive experience in longitudinal research, both randomised population interventions and observational cohorts, initially as coordinator of the Nurses’ Health Study (Harvard); and is currently a chief investigator in studies of Thai university students (a cohort study of nutrition, body size and health transition), and Australians with learning disabilities (trials of health interventions which have led directly to policy change).  He was also co-investigator of a recently-completed NHMRC capacity building grant in longitudinal research, and has held visiting appointments at Harvard, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Bristol. He has been teaching epidemiology to public health and medical students for over 3 decades and has co-authored an award-winning epidemiology text and a book on how to conduct a systematic review as well as more than 150 original epidemiology research papers. He has held multiple posts on scientific review and programme committees, spent over a decade on the editorial board of Annals of Epidemiology, conducted various academic reviews, and filled numerous administrative roles, including heading the Department of Social & Preventive Medicine at University of Queensland.

During his visit to Bristol Dr. Bain will build on previous research collaborations with the Lifecourse Epidemiology Group at the School of Oral and Dental Sciences, and the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), and contribute to the current work of the Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) in Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle and of the School of Social and Community Medicine. He will also present research findings from his ANU-based study of the health transition in Thailand.

For further information on Dr. Bain's visit, please contact Professor Andy Ness (Andy.Ness@bristol.ac.uk).