Global Burden of Disease Study

Project Details

Annual estimates, by country, of premature death and disability; progressive reduction in uncertainty around estimates by active country collaboration networks in the region.

Project summary

The GBD study is a large multi institutional, multi individual global collaborative initiative involving over 1000 individuals in over 100 countries. The aim of the study is to produce annual estimates of mortality, cause of death, incidence, prevalence and duration of illness/disability for 240 causes of global health relevance, and for over 1000 disabling sequelae of these conditions. The Study also estimates the comparative amount of disease and injury burden attributable to major risk factors such as tobacco, alcohol, high blood pressure and diet. Annual estimates of these parameters are produced for 188 countries, by age and sex, and are widely used in national, regional and global health policy fora. The GBD group in the School also have a focus on promoting GBD research and collaboration in the Asia-Pacific region, and in the use of this information to more actively support policy debates.


Laureate Professor Alan Lopez

Dr Jed Blore


University of Melbourne; Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), Seattle.

Research Publications

Publication of findings in leading international global public health journals (eg Lancet).

School Research Themes

Key Contact

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