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Speaker Biography: Dr. Prabhat Jha

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2013 Alan Bernstein Distinguished Lecture Recipient, Dr. Prabhat Jha.

Professor Prabhat Jha has been a key figure in epidemiology and economics of global health for the past decade. He is the University of Toronto Endowed Professor in Disease Control and Canada Research Chair at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and the founding Director of the Centre for Global Health Research at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

Professor Jha is a lead investigator of the Million Death Study in India, which quantifies the causes of premature mortality in over 1 million homes from 1997-2014 including the contribution of key risk factors such as tobacco, alcohol and diet. He is the author of several influential publications on tobacco control, including two that helped enable a global treaty on tobacco control, now signed by over 160 countries. He is a Series Editor for Disease Control Priorities 3, which examines solutions to major global health challenges. He is also a Senior Editor of eLife. Professor Jha publishes widely on cause of death statistics, disease control, tobacco control and economics.

Professor Jha served as Senior Scientist for the World Health Organization, where he co-led the work on health and poverty for the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health. Previously, he headed the World Bank team responsible for developing the Second National HIV/AIDS Control Program in India.

Notable recognitions include an Officer of the Order of Canada (2012) for services to global health and epidemiology, Luther Terry Award for Research on Tobacco Control (2012), The Globe and Mail 25 Transformational Canadians (2010), Top 40 Canadians under Age 40 Award (2004) and the Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence Award (2004). Professor Jha holds an M.D. from the University of Manitoba and a D.Phil. from Oxford University, where he studied as a Canadian Rhodes Scholar.