Professor Brian Oldenburg
Professor and Chair, International Public Health Unit
Monash University, Australia
Professor Brian Oldenburg has a distinguished career as a public health researcher and academic over more than 25 years. His research spans the health, social and behavioural sciences and public health, with a major focus on research related to health systems, health policy and the primary and secondary prevention of chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. He has conducted research in health care settings, work organisations, schools and other community settings in Australia and other countries that include China, Malaysia, India, South Africa and Finland. Over the past 20 years, he has also been involved with many different capacity building and research training programs for health professionals and early career researchers in Australia and other countries. Currently he is the lead investigator on a US NIH-funded research training program that involves more than 50 early career research trainees from India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and other countries. He is also leading a large trial of diabetes prevention in Kerala, India, that is funded by Australia's National Health & Medical Research Council.
His research productivity is evidenced by almost 300 publications, including more than 170 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has co-authored many major (inter)national reports and monographs examining aspects of health trends, socioeconomic determinants of health and building public health capabilities of Australia and other countries. He has also held senior appointments in many (inter)national organizations related to health, behavioural medicine and public health. He is current co-editor of Translational Behavioural Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research. In 2006 he was awarded Lifetime Fellowship membership of the United States Society for Behavioural Medicine for his contribution "to building evidence-based population health interventions that can guide practice and change policy globally". He has also held recent appointments as a Visiting Professor in China and Finland and he has been an advisor to WHO and many other national and international organisations.