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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...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries fall ahead of FOMC member Williams’ speech amid silent trading session

The U.S. Treasuries fell during late afternoon session Monday ahead of todays speech from FOMC member Williams amid an otherwise, silent trading day. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasuries rose nearly 1-1/2 basis...

German bunds suffer ahead of 5-year auction, ECB’s account of monetary policy meeting

The German bunds traded lower during afternoon session Monday ahead of the countrys 5-year auction, scheduled to be held on November 21 by 10:40GMT and the European Central Banks (ECB) account of monetary policy meeting,...

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Thailands economic growth unexpectedly stagnated in Q3, which translated to annual growth of 3.3 percent, the weakest since Q4 2016. The lack of q/q growth reflects weakness in the agricultural sector, which contracted by...

Politics

Threats remain to US voting system – and voters' perceptions of reality

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Let's not focus on graduate incomes when assessing the worth of education

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US mid-term results: seven key issues and what they mean for the country's uncertain future

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Science

Novel approach brings African scientists closer to a malaria vaccine

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Dramatic galaxy collision filled the Milky Way with stars, astronomers discover

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Explainer: what any country can and can't do in Antarctica, in the name of science

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Technology

‘Fortnite’ Latest News & Update: Humiliates ‘God of War’ & ‘Red Dead Redemption’ in Video Game Awards

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