Tony's career

AJ (Tony) McMichael is an NHMRC Australia Fellow at the ANU, Canberra. During 2001-07 he was Director of ANU’s National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH). During 1994-2001, he held the Chair of Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, having previously been Professor of Environmental Health at Adelaide University (1986-93). His research interests have spanned environmental, nutritional and social epidemiology. More recently, he has initiated a research program on autoimmune disease (esp. multiple sclerosis) aetiology.

His current research focus is on health risks of climate change, and evaluating adaptive strategies. This builds on his pioneering role, internationally, in developing this field of research, including his leadership during 1993-2006 of health risk assessment for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. His research interests encompass analyses of the emergence of infectious diseases. He co-chairs an international expert committee for WHO’s Tropical (Infectious) Diseases Research Program, and will Chair the new WHO International Advisory Board on Climate Change and Health.

In addition to his many peer-reviewed published papers he has authored several books, such as Planetary Overload: Global Environmental Change and the Human Health (Cambridge Univ Press), which first explored this emerging research and policy agenda.Other books include: (i) Martens W, McMichael AJ (eds)Environmental Change, Climate and Health: Issues and Research Methods (Cambridge) 2002, (ii) McMichael AJ, Campbell-Lendrum D, et al (eds) Climate Change and Human Health: Risks and Responses(Geneva: WHO) 2003, and (iii) sole-author: Human Frontiers and Disease: Past Patterns, Uncertain Futures(Cambridge, 2001). He was President of the International Soc. for Environmental Epidemiology (2008-09).


Honours & awards

  • 1999 Medal for Excellence, Jagellionian University, Krakow, Poland:  For contributions to epidemiological research.
  • 1999 Inaugural ‘JR Goldsmith Award’, International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. For international contributions to environmental epidemiology.
  • 2001 Burnet Award (National Health and Medical Research Council): five-year research support.
  • 2005 Zayed International Prize for the Environment “Scientific Achievements in the Environment”: co-recipient for contributions to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.
  • 2007 Australia Fellow, National Health and Medical Research Council: 5-yr research support.
  • 2007 Co-recipient (as member of UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) of 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 2008 Honorary Professor in Climate Change and Health, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 2008 Honorary Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK.
  • 2009 Finalist, 2009 ACT Australian of the Year.
  • 2010 Associate Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House, London.
  • 2011 Officer of Order of Australia (AO).

Fellow (by election)

  • 1996 Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
  • 1996 Royal College of Physicians (UK)
  • 1999 Academy of Medical Sciences
  • 2003 Australian Academy of Technical Sciences & Engineering
  • 2007 Public Health Association of Australia
  • 2011 Foreign Associate, US National Academy of Sciences

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