I was the Coordinator of the Mortality and Health Analysis Unit  at the World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland from 2002 until the end of March 2018. I have now retired from WHO and am working part-time as a consultant and enjoying life in Geneva. As the Coordinator responsible for WHO official health statistics, I  managed WHO’s work on summary measures of population health, burden of disease and coordinated its work on comprehensive global health statistics.  Prior to joining the World Health Organization in 2000, I worked for the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for 13 years in technical and senior managerial posts.

I have played a key role at WHO in the development of comparable estimates of healthy life expectancy for 192 countries, in the updating of the global burden of disease study and publication of regular updates by WHO, and in the development of software tools to support burden of disease analysis at country level. I also carried out projections of global, regional and country mortality and burden of disease from 2011 to 2030. My Unit produced regular updates of child and maternal mortality, life expectancy and estimates of deaths by cause, age and sex for the 194 Member States of WHO, in collaboration with other UN agencies, the World Bank and academic collaborators. I also oversaw the annual publication of the WHO flagship publication World Health Statistics, which is closely linked to WHO’s Global Health Observatory (www.who.int/gho).

My principal research interests are in the measurement and reporting of population health and its determinants, burden of disease methods and applications, and projections of human mortality and healthy life expectancy. I have collaborated with leading researchers throughout the world on issues relating to the development and applications of summary measures of population health and in monitoring trends in global health. I have authored or edited 30 books and major reports, over 50 book chapters and more than 130  journal articles in peer-reviewed publications.

In August 2015, I was appointed as Honorary Professor in the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine, by the University of Edinburgh (http://www.ed.ac.uk/news/staff/2015/appointment-colin-mathers-060815)

I was included in the 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018  and 2019 Web of Science lists of the most highly cited researchers in the field of medicine. The lists of around 400 researchers arebased on the number of highly cited papers (in the top 1% of citations over the previous decade) in the field, according to the Web of Science. According to Google Scholar, my H index is 108 and total citations of my publications are more than 155,000 as of the beginning of 2020.

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3 Responses to About

  1. Dear Colin
    Having searched for Henry Crayshay Teasdale I came across you blog and it would seem we have a family connection. I am Andrew Arthur Matthews, paternal grandson of Captain Arthur George Teasdale Matthews MBE who servied as Assitant Surgeon / Medical Officer in India. His wife was Ellen Grace Teasdale and AGT adopted his wife’s maiden name probably circa 1906. Ellen’s father was Henry Jackson Teasdale , Assistsnt Police Superintendent Rohtuck District India . I believe his father to be Major Henry Crawshay Teasdale . I am currently working on my family tree so any information or help would be gratefully received . I look forward to hearing from you
    BW Andrew

  2. Dear mister Mathers,

    On behalf of the Dutch Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) we have send you an e-mail regarding an upcoming audit on mathematical health modelling, but unsure if we used the correct e-mail address. Could you please send me the correct one so we can inform you further? Thank you in advance.
    Best regards,
    Debby van der Vliet
    RIVM, the Netherlands

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