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Death of Professor Anthony McMichael

Friday, September 26th, 2014

It is with grief that we heard the terribly sad news that Tony McMichael passed away last night after a pulmonary infection. Tony has been a leading environmental epidemiologist, president of the ISEE and has played a pioneering role in developing research on the health risks and burdens from global climate change and other large-scale environmental changes.

On behalf of all the staff of CREAL we share the sadness of his loss with his family, friends and our scientific community

Josep Maria Anto, Manolis Kogevinas and Jordi Sunyer

Short biography of Tony McMichael

Professor Emeritus of Population Health, Australian National University (ANU) College of Medicine, Biology and Environment
Professor Tony McMichael, MBBS, PhD, was a medical graduate (Adelaide University 1967) and epidemiologist (Monash University 1972). He was Professor of Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 1994-2001, and then Director of ANU's National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health (2001-2007). He was Hon. Prof of Climate Change and Health at University of Copenhagen, Hon. Fellow of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences, and ex-President of the International Soc of Environmental Epidemiology. In 2011 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), and was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences. Prof. McMichael has played a pioneering role in developing research on the health risks and burdens from global climate change and other large-scale environmental changes. He has been an advisor on this topic to the WHO. During 1993-2001 he headed the assessment of health risks for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and for the (international) Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. His interest in patterns of infectious disease emergence and spread has entailed chairing an Expert Reference Group for the (WHO-based) Tropical Diseases Research Program, 2008-12, focusing on the joint climatic-environmental-agricultural-nutritional influences on infectious disease emergence and risks in poor populations. Having worked on occupational disease epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, subsequently during 1976-2003, at CSIRO Division of Human Nutrition and then University of Adelaide (Community Medicine), he studied dietary and environmental influences on specific diseases (including the impact of early-life environmental lead exposure on child intellectual development). His publications include over 300 peer-reviewed papers, 160 book chapters, two sole-author books (Planetary Overload: Global Environmental Change and Human Health, 1993, and Human Frontiers, Environments and Disease: Past Patterns, Uncertain Futures, 2001; both with Cambridge Univ Press), and several co-authored or edited books.

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