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    Professor Tony Blakely

Professor Tony Blakely is an epidemiologist and public health medicine specialist - who also strays into economics and big data. Since completing his PhD in 2001, he has focusing on answer public health research questions requiring the innovative application of methods from many disciplines. In his time at the University of Otago NZ (1998 to 2019) he pioneered the linkage of census and mortality data, and led research programmes on health inequalities and quantifying intervention health impacts. In 2019 he took up a full-time position at the University of Melbourne, to establish the Population Interventions Unit with the aim to: "provide robust evidence on the health and cost impacts of population interventions, through causal inference and simulation approaches from epidemiology, economics and data science."