Alessandro R Demaio

Alessandro R Demaio

Medical Doctor; Co-Founded NCDFREE and festival21; Associate Researcher, University of Copenhagen

Dr Demaio trained and worked as a medical doctor at The Alfred Hospital in Australia. While practising as a doctor he completed a Masters in Public Health including fieldwork in Cambodia to develop and evaluate a community-based, culturally appropriate health intervention for noncommunicable diseases, particularly diabetes.

In 2010, Alessandro relocated to Denmark where he completed a PhD with the University of Copenhagen, focusing on noncommunicable diseases. His doctoral research was based in Mongolia, working with the Ministry of Health. He designed, led and reported a national epidemiological survey, sampling more than 3500 households to better understand national knowledge, attitudes and practices on noncommunicable diseases and risk factors and provide policy recommendations to address them.

Alessandro held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School from 2013 to 2015, and was assistant professor and course director in global health at the Copenhagen School of Global Health, in Denmark. He has established and led the PLOS blog Translational Global Health, and has served on the Advisory Board of the EAT Initiative: the global, multi-stakeholder platform for food, health and environmental sustainability. To date, he has authored over 20 scientific publications and more than 80 blog articles.

In his pro bono work, Dr Demaio co-founded NCDFREE, a global social movement against noncommunicable diseases using social media, short film and leadership events – reaching more than 2.5 million people in its first 18 months. Then, in 2015, he founded festival21, assembling and leading a team of knowledge leaders in staging a massive and unprecedented, free celebration of community, food, culture and future in his hometown Melbourne.

In November 2015, Alessandro joined the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at the World Health Organization (Geneva), as Medical Officer for noncommunicable conditions and nutrition.

While a staff member of the World Health Organization, Alessandro alone is responsible for the views expressed in this column, and they do not necessarily represent the decisions or policies of the World Health Organization.

Seven essential tips to breaking up with sugar

Dec 07, 2016 23:23 pm UTC| Health

As we come to the end of 2016, many of us start to look back and reflect. The year has been defining even redefining in many ways. Politics, technology and culture have all seen major leaps and in some cases, hurdles....

Three important wins for addressing obesity

Nov 24, 2016 01:00 am UTC| Insights & Views Health

When it comes to obesity in Australia, the statistics are alarming - and generally getting worse. The national prevalence of obesity has increased significantly over the past few decades. Roughly three in ten...

When it comes to food, could 'reactive' sometimes be best?

Oct 06, 2016 14:35 pm UTC| Health

True for almost all situations in life, being proactive is best. And this has been a formative lesson in my time so far: whether reaching out to a potential mentor that inspired me and making time for a coffee and a chat,...

Why obesity is not a 'left versus right' issue

Aug 26, 2016 08:46 am UTC| Health

Alessandro R Demaio, Medical Doctor; Co-Founded NCDFREE and festival21; Associate Researcher, University of Copenhagen Left or right, we should all be urging action on obesity. libertarianism...

Six reasons why food is a really big deal

Jun 09, 2016 08:18 am UTC| Insights & Views Health

Its easy to forget the power of what is on our dinner plate. Between the instagram post, or the quick fix meal, the snack at our desk or the breakfast on the run - its not a surprise we might overlook the incredible...



Bank Negara Malaysia likely to adopt two rate hikes of 25 bps each in 2018, says ANZ Research

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UK gilts decline in muted trading session, reverse gains post Q3 GDP data

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German bunds slump after Ifo business climate index beats expectations in November

The German bunds slumped Friday after the countrys business climate index released by Ifo hit a new record-high during the month of November, also surpassing what markets had initially anticipated. The German 10-year...

Euro likely to extend further gains in 2018, says Canadian Imperial Bank

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New Zealand bonds close higher after imports hit record high in October, trade deficit widens

New Zealand government bonds closed higher on Friday after the countrys imports hit a record high in October. Also, rising expectations that the Reserve Bank of New Zealand is set to keep interest rates at record lows for...


Brexit: why Macron has more room to manoeuvre than May and Merkel

Despite the valiant efforts of both the EU and the UK to uphold confidence in the Brexit negotiations process, its clear the talks have been deeply unsatisfactory for both sides. Fundamental conflicts of interest and...

Why PR agencies and their spin should be the subject of greater scrutiny

It was one of the biggest and best-known British PR agencies around. So when Bell Pottinger came crashing down earlier this year, you could be forgiven for wondering why it hadnt prepared a better crisis strategy to deal...

Catalonia crisis: Spain enters unchartered territory following Madrid move to end autonomy

Shortly after Catalonias parliament in Barcelona voted to declare independence from Spain on October 27, the senate in Madrid voted to trigger Article 155 of the Spanish constitution, removing Catalonias autonomy. In...

China's ambition burns bright - with Xi Jinping firmly in charge

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Kuwait's economic interest in mediating the Qatar-Gulf crisis

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Drug Addiction Could Be Cured With Gene Therapy

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Cancer Patient Injected With Vaccine For The First Time

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New Zealand’s Plan To Weaponize CRISPR To Annihilate Pests Sparks Debate In Scientific Community

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Scientists Achieved Real-Time Gene Editing In Live Human Subject For The First Time

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Scientist Proves Brain Implant Can Improve Memory By 30%

These days, one of the hottest topics in the tech and medical industries is the matter of cybernetics or merging man with machine. A scientist has recently advanced this field by demonstrating how a brain implant can...


JPMorgan CEO Calls Bitcoin ‘Stupid’, Offers Bitcoin Trading Anyway

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Russia Finally Acknowledges Radiation Clouds Over Europe But Denies Responsibility

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$35,000 Off-Road EV Has 555 Horsepower And More Torque Than A Tank

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Hawaii Joins In Condemning EA And Loot Boxes, Wants To Block Battlefront II Sales

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Valve To Make Steam ‘Review Bombing’ Toothless With New Changes

Reviews are meant to inform customers, which is why Valve opted to allow users on its digital distribution platform Steam to leave them on games and other products. However, it would seem that some people have found a way...
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