Announcement: Dr. Saverio Stranges appointed Chair, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Saverio Stranges has been appointed as Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, effective October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2021.

Dr. Stranges completed his medical education in 1996, and specialty training in Preventive/Public Health Medicine in 2000 at the University of Naples Federico II. He then completed a PhD Program in Epidemiology and Environmental Health in the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the State University of New York in 2004. In 2005, Dr. Stranges began his academic career as an Assistant Professor at State University of New York before returning to Europe to join the University of Warwick Medical School in the United Kingdom.

From 2006 to 2015, he was an Associate Clinical Professor of Cardiovascular Epidemiology in the Division of Health Sciences at the University of Warwick Medical School in the United Kingdom. In Warwick, Dr. Stranges was also Director of the Academic Clinical Training in Public Health, as well as Honorary Consultant Physician at the University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, where he worked in the Lipid and Coronary Prevention outpatient clinics within the Warwickshire Institute for the Study of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism. Prior to his appointment, he worked as the Scientific Director of the Department of Population Health at the Luxembourg Institute of Health.

Dr. Stranges’ research focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of chronic disease, namely cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes, specifically regarding lifestyle, nutritional and psychosocial factors, such as alcohol consumption, body fat distribution, dietary patterns and sleep habits. He is also interested in global public health, especially in the area of non-communicable disease in low-resource settings, as well as in interdisciplinary research. Throughout his career, Dr. Stranges has developed substantial expertise in the evaluation of observational and clinical trial data and secondary data analysis of large datasets.

Dr. Stranges is a medical doctor, public health specialist and chronic disease epidemiologist, with extensive experience in the field of epidemiology and public health research. Dr. Stranges has completed university teaching certification programs in the United States and United Kingdom, and has been involved in the teaching and mentoring of students and junior doctors for over twenty years.

Dr. Stranges has been involved in several international epidemiological projects, clinical trials, secondary data analyses and systematic review work, and has published extensively in the area of chronic disease epidemiology, with more than 140 publications as scientific articles, reviews and book chapters. His published work derives from several population-based studies and clinical trials around the world including: the Nutritional Prevention of Cancer Trial (NPC), Western New York Health Study, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) in the US; UK-PRECISE trial, Whitehall II Study, National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS), Health Survey for England (HSE) in the UK; EPIC Study and Olivetti Heart Study in Italy; WHO-INDEPTH Network in Africa and Asia; ORISCAV Study and European Health Examination Survey in Luxembourg.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Stranges on his appointment.

Dr. Michael Strong, Dean
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry