Professor Tony Blakely is an epidemiologist at the University of Otago, Wellington. He has an extensive portfolio of research. Tony initiated and implemented the New Zealand Census-Mortality Study (NZCMS) in the late 1990s, a pioneering study linking the national censuses with mortality data to allow monitoring and research on ethnic and socio-economic inequalities and the contribution of smoking to mortality (the NZ census periodically includes smoking). He has also led the parallel study, CancerTrends, that links census and cancer registration data to allow cancer incidence and survival studies.
Kate is the Research Manager for the Burden of Disease Epidemiology, Equity and Cost-Effectiveness Programme (BODE³). Kate’s main role is to manage and administer the day-to-day activities and financial management of the programme, as well as other affiliated research projects. Main tasks include research project and financial management and stakeholder liaison. Kate blogs for Public Health Expert.
Associate Professor Nick Wilson trained as a medical doctor and subsequently specialised as a public health physician. He has over 270 Medline-indexed publications in peer-reviewed journals. His research interests include: the health economics of primary prevention (BODE³ Programme), tobacco use epidemiology and control, infectious disease control (particularly pandemic influenza but also other infectious diseases)
Climate change and air pollution. He blogs for Public health Researcher.
Robert Hickson has evolved from a Darwinist, looking backwards, into a futurist. Many of the skill sets are the say; looking for patterns, making sense of them, and trying to fill in the gaps. He’s of the view that in New Zealand we don’t do enough forward looking. The views expressed in his blog do not necessarily represent the views of his current employer (if any), or Charles Darwin.
Ryan Ridden is a graduate from the University of Canterbury with an Honours Degree in Mathematical Physics. From a young age he was captivated by the universe, which drove a passion to understand how it all works, from the very small to the very large. Ryan is also passionate about sharing his knowledge with others, at present having given over 70 lectures to school classes of all levels and various societies on a wide range of topics. Ryan is also on YouTube Ryan Ridden and twitter @ryanridden.
Dr Sam Richardson has been at Massey University since 1994 when he began as a first year student studying Applied Economics. He was a Graduate Assistant in 1998, an Assistant Lecturer from 1999-2001 and has been a Lecturer since 2002. he has taught several papers, predominantly principles and intermediate microeconomics papers. He been fortunate to receive a number of Massey teaching awards throughout my career. He blogs for The Dismal Science.
Dr Sarah-Jane O’Connor trained in journalism after finishing a PhD in Ecology then worked for Fairfax Media for two years. She is now a media advisor with the Science Media Centre and is on Twitter: @DrSJNZ.