Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India
Professor Ramanan Laxminarayan, Vice-President for Research and Policy at the Public Health Foundation of India, is an economist and epidemiologist by training. His research work deals with the integration of epidemiological models of infectious diseases and drug resistance into the economic analysis of public health problems. He has worked to improve the understanding of antibiotic resistance as a problem of managing a shared global resource. He is a series editor of the Disease Control Priorities for Developing Countries, 3rd edition. He has served on a number of advisory committees at the World Health Organization, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and the US National Academies of Science/Institute of Medicine. In 2003-04, he served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Economics of Anti-malarial Drugs and subsequently helped create the Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria, a novel financing mechanism for antimalarials. In 2012, Laxminarayan established the Immunization Technical Support Unit that supports the immunization program of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of India. Laxminarayan directs the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy in Washington DC, and is a Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer at Princeton University.