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Prof. Lalit Dandona
Distinguished Research Professor; Director, Wellcome Trust Capacity Building Programme
Lalit Dandona, MD, MPH, is a Distinguished Research Professor at the Public Health Foundation of India in New Delhi and a Professor of Global Health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.
Prof. Dandona is Director of the India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative, which has reported a comprehensive disease burden and risk factors mapping of every state in India from 1990 to 2016. His research teams have carried out public health research in India for over 20 years on disease burden estimation, population health measurement, HIV/AIDS, blindness, health systems, intervention evaluation, and research capacity.
Prof. Dandona has published widely in peer-reviewed journals. He has served on the editorial boards of ten journals and as scientific reviewer for over forty journals and several granting agencies. His profile was published in The Lancet in 2001 and in 2017. He received the 2006 BioMed Central Research Award in Medicine for public health research on HIV in India. He has served as a technical expert for professorial appointments at the University of Sydney, the National University of Singapore, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the American University of Beirut.
Prof. Dandona received his medical training at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. He received his public health training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in Baltimore. He previously served as Professor and Chair of International Public Health at the University of Sydney School of Public Health, Senior Director of the George Institute for International Health India, and Professor and Director of the Centre for Human Development at the Administrative Staff College of India.
He has taught researchers, policymakers and public health practitioners, and has served as a technical expert in public health for governments, international organizations and funding agencies.