Andrew Haines

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Sir Andrew Haines

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Andrew Haines
Born (1947-02-26) 26 February 1947 (age 72)
Alma materKing's College London
Scientific career
InstitutionsLondon School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Sir Andrew Paul Haines, FRCGP, FRCP, FFPH (born 26 February 1947) is a British epidemiologist and academic. He was the Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine from 2001 to 2010.

Early life and education[edit]

Haines was educated at Latymer Upper School, and at King's College London (MBBS, MD) where he qualified in Medicine in 1969 with honours in pathology, surgery and pharmacology and therapeutics. He gained an MD in Epidemiology in the University of London in 1985.


After a number of hospital appointments he trained in general (family) practice with Dr Julian Tudor Hart in Glyncorrwg, Wales. He was a consultant in epidemiology in the Medical Research Council Epidemiology and Medical Care Unit between 1980-7 and Professor of Primary Health Care at University College London from 1987-2000. He worked part-time as an inner London General Practitioner between 1980-2000. Between 1993-6 he was on part-time secondment as Director of Research and Development at the NHS Executive North Thames (formerly North Thames Regional Health Authority) where he had responsibility for a number of regional and national research programmes. At various times in his career he worked in Jamaica, Nepal, USA, Canada and on sabbatical at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva.

Formerly a professor of primary health care at University College London, Sir Andrew was named Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in 2001.[1] As Director (formerly Dean) of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine he had responsibility for academic leadership and management of the institution for nearly 10 years.[2] The school is internationally recognised for its high quality postgraduate teaching and research. As a result of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise it was ranked 3rd in the country for the quality of its research output by the Times Higher Education out of more than 100 higher education institutions[3][4] It is the largest institution of its kind in Europe with around 1400 staff. Annual income increased from £35m to over £100m during his term as Director.

Under his leadership the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine received the 2009 Award for Global Health from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation worth $1m, for sustained commitment to improving the health of poor people, having been selected from 106 nominations worldwide by an international jury of experts. It was the first academic institution worldwide and the first UK institution to receive the award.

He was responsible for setting up the London International Development Centre and for raising £3.7m from Higher Education Funding Council for England for this purpose.[5] The Centre, a collaborative initiative between 5 colleges of the University of London now has 2,700 staff, student and alumni members from its constituent colleges.[6]

He has been a member of a number of major international and national committees including the MRC Global Health Group (chair), the MRC Strategy Group and of the WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research. He was chair of a WHO Task Force on Health Systems Research in 2004[7] and a member of the Council of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War at the time of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. He was also a member of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for the second and third assessment reports and is review editor for the health chapter in fifth assessment report. He currently chairs the Tropical Health Education Trust, and the Research Strategy Committees of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Marie Curie Cancer Care.


His research interests are in epidemiology and health services research focussing particularly on research in primary care and the study of environmental influences on health, including the potential effects of climate change and the health co-benefits of the low carbon economy.[8] Previous research included a number of randomised trials evaluating interventions to change patient and practitioner behaviour, notably a large trial of general practitioner intervention in patients with heavy alcohol consumption.[9] He also chaired an international task force on climate change mitigation and public health which published a series of articles in the Lancet in 2009.[10][11] As chair of an international task force on guidance for health systems policies he co-authored a series of articles on the challenges of assessing evidence for health systems policies and developing guidance for policymakers, published in 2012.[12][13][14]

His current research includes the study of the health co-benefits and economic impacts of low carbon policies in the transport, food and agriculture and housing sectors. He has co-authored around 300 scientific articles, book chapters and reports.

He chairs the Lancet Commission on Planetary Health which has been set up to assess the potential implications for health of multiple interacting environmental changes affecting the Earth's 'essential life support systems' and will publish its findings in mid 2015.[15]


He is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Physicians and of the Faculty of Public Health and was made a foreign Associate member of the US Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2007. He was knighted for services to medicine in 2005.[16]


  1. ^ Debrett's People of Today. Debrett's Ltd. 2009. ISBN 978-1-870520-51-5.
  2. ^ Horton, Richard (2010-10-01). "Offline: Life isn't everything". The Lancet. 376 (9746): 1038. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)61464-X.
  3. ^ "Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results, 2008 | General". Times Higher Education. 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
  4. ^ Watts, G (2008). "Medicine takes two of top three places in research assessment exercise". BMJ. 337 (8): 519–521. doi:10.1136/bmj.a3121.
  5. ^ "Bid for better world starts here | General". Times Higher Education. 2007-03-09. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
  6. ^ "Our Work | LIDC - London International Development Centre". LIDC. Archived from the original on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
  7. ^ Task Force on Health Systems Research (2004). "Informed choices for attaining the Millennium Development Goals: Towards an international cooperative agenda for health-systems research". The Lancet. 364 (9438): 997–1003. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(04)17026-8. PMID 15364193.
  8. ^ Priya Shetty (2007). "Andy Haines: exploring the effects of global environmental change and energy use on health". The Lancet. 370 (9591): 929. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(07)61431-7. PMID 17869622.
  9. ^ Wallace, PB; Cutler, S; Haines, A (1988). "Randomised controlled trial of general practitioner intervention in patients with excessive alcohol consumption". British Medical Journal. 297 (6649): 663–668. doi:10.1136/bmj.297.6649.663. PMC 1834369. PMID 3052668.
  10. ^ Haines, A; McMichael, AJ; Smith, KR; Roberts, I; Woodcock, J; Markandya, A; Armstrong, BG; Campbell-Lendrum, D; Dangour, AD; Davies, M; Bruce, N; Tonne, C; Barrett, M; Wilkinson, P (2009). "Public health benefits of strategies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions: overview and implications for policy makers". Lancet. 374 (9707): 2104–14. doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(09)61759-1. PMID 19942281.
  11. ^ Buchen, Lizzie (2009). "Plans for cutting emissions could also benefit health". Nature. doi:10.1038/news.2009.1106.
  12. ^ Bosch-Capblanch, X; Lavis, JN; Lewin, S; Atun, R; Røttingen, JA; Dröschel, D; Beck, L; Abalos, E; El-Jardali, F; Gilson, L; Oliver, S; Wyss, K; Tugwell, P; Kulier, R; Pang, T; Haines, A (2012). "Guidance for Evidence-Informed Policies about Health Systems: Rationale for and Challenges of Guidance Development". PLoS Medicine. 9 (3): e1001185. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001185. PMC 3295823. PMID 22412356.
  13. ^ Lavis, John N; Røttingen, John-Arne; Bosch-Capblanch, Xavier; Atun, Rifat; El-Jardali, Fadi; Gilson, Lucy; Lewin, Simon; Oliver, Sandy; Ongolo-Zogo, Pierre; Haines, Andy (2012). "Guidance for Evidence-Informed Policies about Health Systems: Linking Guidance Development to Policy Development". PLoS Medicine. 9 (3): e1001186. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001186. PMC 3302830. PMID 22427746.
  14. ^ Lewin, S; Bosch-Capblanch, X; Oliver, S; Akl, EA; Vist, GE; Lavis, JN; Ghersi, D; Røttingen, JA; Steinmann, P; Gulmezoglu, M; Tugwell, P; El-Jardali, F; Haines, A (2012). "Guidance for Evidence-Informed Policies about Health Systems: Assessing How Much Confidence to Place in the Research Evidence". PLoS Medicine. 9 (3): e1001187. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001187. PMC 3308931. PMID 22448147.
  15. ^ Haines, Andy; Whitmee, Sarah; Horton, Richard (2014). "Planetary health: A call for papers". The Lancet. 384 (9942): 479–80. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61289-7. PMID 25110268.
  16. ^ "BMJ Careers - Professor Sir Andrew Haines". 2005-01-15. Archived from the original on 2016-08-13. Retrieved 2013-09-24.