Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy; Public Health Foundation of India
Professor Ramanan Laxminarayan serves as a DCP3 series editor in addition to volume editor for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health; Mental, Neurological, and Substance Use Disorders; and Disease Control Priorities.
He serves as PHFI’s Vice President for Research and Policy, is an economist and epidemiologist by training. He has spent most of his career at Resources for the Future, a think-tank in Washington DC and on the faculties at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Princeton University. His research work deals with the integration of epidemiological models of infectious diseases and drug resistance into the economic analysis of public health problems.
Through his work on Extending the Cure project in the United States and the Global Antibiotic Resistance Partnership, he has worked to improve the understanding of antibiotic resistance as a problem of managing a shared global resource. He has worked extensively with the World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank and other international organisations on evaluating malaria treatment policy, vaccination strategies, the economic burden of tuberculosis, and control of non-communicable diseases.
Prof Laxminarayan has served on a number of advisory committees at the WHO, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Institute of Medicine. In 2003-04, he served on the National Academy of Science/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 anti-malarials. He has co-authored and edited four books and published over fifty peer-reviewed journal articles. Prof Laxminarayan also directs the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy in Washington DC, and is an Associate Research Scholar at Princeton University.