Child Health and Development Workshop

Friday, 30 January 2015 at the University of Melbourne


The Melbourne Institute and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course present a workshop on 30 January 2015 at the University of Melbourne.

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Professor John Lynch, School of Population Health, University of Adelaide

“Investing in Early Child Health and Development: A Perspective from Interventional Epidemiology”


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John Lynch is an epidemiologist and Professor of Public Health at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. He is also the Director of the Data Management and Analysis Centre (DMAC).

He is a Visiting Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol in the UK. He spent 20 years working in North America and before returning to Australia in 2009 he held professorial positions at the University of Michigan in the USA, and at McGill University in Canada.

He is an internationally recognized scholar in epidemiology and public health. In 2005 he was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Population Health. In 2007 his work in public health was recognized with an honorary Doctorate in Medical Science from the University of Copenhagen. In 2009 he was awarded an NHMRC Australia Fellowship. He has more than 250 publications, and in 2014 he received Thomson Reuters’ “Highly Cited Researcher” status that places him in the top 1% of cited scientists in his field. He has been an editor of the International Journal of Epidemiology since 2005.


Professor Barbara Wolfe, Richard A. Easterlin Professor of Economics, Population Health Sciences and Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“How the Brain Reflects Family Income and the Consequences for Schooling Attainment”

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Barbara Wolfe is the Richard A.Easterlin Professor in the departments of Population Health Sciences, Economics, and La Follette School of Public Affairs where she recently served as Director. She is also an affiliate and past director of the Institute for Research on Poverty. She received her PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973 and has been a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1977. Professor Wolfe is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Social Insurance. a former member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH and a member of National Advisory Committee, Robert Wood Johnson, Health Scholars Program. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Research School of Economics Australian National University, where she has been involved with a cohort study on the role of income transfers in influencing the success of young adults. She has been a fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study and the Russell Sage Foundation. She has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol, Yale University, the University of Munich and the University of Amsterdam. Her current research interests include the role of income and income inequality on health; adequacy of resources at retirement and post-retirement; evaluation of housing vouchers, and the influence of growing up with a sibling who has disabilities. Her most recent book (co-edited) is Biological Consequences of Socioeconomic Inequality. Professor Wolfe co-directs a training program in health and mental health economics.


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