Experts' profiles - Simon Hales
Simon Hales
Simon Hales is a researcher at the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand. He is trained in medicine, public health and epidemiology. In the past 15 years, his research has focussed mainly on global environmental issues. With UNEP, WHO and other international agencies, he has experience of several recent global environmental health assessments. As well as the GEO4 report, he has contributed to the World Health Report, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report.

Research experience is valuable in understanding what scientific questions are answerable using epidemiological methods, and what interventions are likely to have measurable benefits but scientific findings take time to influence policy, and in relation to global environmental changes, time is of the essence.

There is currently a gap between research findings and policy in the field of global change and human health. This problem needs to be addressed urgently if major adverse health impacts of global environmental issues, (such biodiversity loss and climate change), are to be avoided in the coming decades.
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