Jeremy A Lauer

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Biography

Dr Jeremy Lauer is an Economist in the Department of Health Systems Governance and Financing at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1986, he took a B.A. degree in Mathematics and Philosophy at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, and in 1991 he graduated with a M.Sc. in Economics and a M.A. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Jeremy began to work as a Technical Editor in the Office of Publications at the WHO in 1995, and he worked in that capacity until 1998 when WHO began to put emphasis on economic analysis and he transferred to work as an Economist in the newly formed Global Programme on Evidence and Information for Policy. Working under David Evans, Chris Murray and Julio Frenk, Jeremy was part of the team that developed methods for the estimation of health system performance for the World Health Report 2000: Health Systems, Improving Performance. In 2001 Jeremy began work on a Ph.D. in Public Health at Erasmus University Rotterdam and he took his degree there in 2009. Since 2003 Jeremy has mainly worked on the use and interpretation of mathematical models in cost-effectiveness analysis and has contributed to a body of work on the economic evaluation of interventions for cardiovascular risk factors and disease, respiratory conditions, cancers, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and chronic disease prevention, as well as on health systems research and epidemiology and statistics. Jeremy has led inter-disciplinary teams in a range of countries in Latin America and Africa on adapting the results of economic analysis to national settings. With colleagues, he is currently focusing on updating the WHO knowledge base on the cost-effectiveness of more than 500 interventions covering 22 distinct areas of diseases, injuries and risk factors. He is also working on how to make technical assistance on economic analysis more strategic and effective for countries, in line with the recent resolutions of the World Health Assembly on Health Technology Assessment and Universal Health Coverage.

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