Sir Andy Haines
MBBS MD FRCGP FFPHM FRCP FMedSci
of Public Health & Primary Care
I am Professor of Public Health and Primary Care with a joint appointment in the Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research and in the Dept of Population Health. I was previously Director (originally Dean) of LSHTM for nearly 10 years up to October 2010, having previously been Professor of Primary Health Care at UCL between 1987-2000. I worked part-time as a general practitioner in North London for many years.
Between 1993-6 I was on secondment as Director of Research & Development at the NHS Executive, North Thames and I was consultant epidemiologist at the MRC Epidemiology and Medical Care Unit between 1980-7. I have also worked internationally in Nepal, Jamaica, Canada and the USA.
I have been a member of a number of major international and national committees including the MRC Global Health Group ( chair) and the MRC Strategy Group. I was formerly chair of the Universities UK Health and Social Care Policy Committee and a member of the WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research. I was a member of Working Group 2 of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for the second and third assessment reports and review editor of the health chapter in the fifth assessment report. I chaired the Scientific Advisory Panel for the 2013 WHO World Health Report on Research for Universal Health Coverage. In 2014/2015 I chaired the Rockefeller Foundation/Lancet Commission on Planetary Health and I currently co-chair the development group for the Health Knowledge Action Network of Future Earth. I sit on a number of other national and international committees.
I lecture on the Global Health lecture series and on the DTM&H as well as on a number of other courses.
My research interests are currently on the study of environmental influences on health, including the potential effects of climate change and the health co-benefits of the low carbon economy.
I chaired an international task force on climate change mitigation and public health which published a series of articles in the Lancet in 2009. My recent research included the study of the health co-benefits and economic impacts of low carbon policies in the transport, food and agriculture and housing sectors. I was a co-investigator on a MRC/NERC project to link environmental and health data in the UK.I am involved in Wellcome Trust funded research on severe heat stress exposure under climate change, sustainable diets /food systems and healthy sustainable cities.