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Prof. Colin Butler

National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health
Australian National University
Building 62, cnr Mills and Egglestone Rds

Brief Biography:

1987: Medical graduate, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia

1989-current: co-founder and director of NGO BODHI http://www.bodhi.net.au/

1990: Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Ro

2002: PhD (epidemiology and population health) (Australia National University) "Inequality and Sustainability" http://thesis.anu.edu.au/public/adt-ANU20030324.171924/index.html}

2008-present: Associate Professor of Public Health http://nceph.anu.edu.au/

2008-current: member of the scientific steering committee of Global Change and Human Health, part of the Earth System Science Partnership www.gechh.unu.edu

2008-current: member "Faculty of 1000 Medicine" (global health) http://f1000medicine.com/member/1330563062443830

2009-current: science advisor for the International Association of Buddhist Universities

2009: named as one of "a hundred doctors for the planet" by the French Environmental Health Association (2009)

2010-current: co-editor of EcoHealth [http://www.ecohealth.net/],

2011-2015: Australian Research Council "Future Fellow"

1994-present: about 50 articles in peer reviewed journals and about 50 chapters


[http://www.iabu.org/]; 1975-77: part of intentional spiritual community, called Illusion Farm, Tasmania [http://www.tashicholing.net/htm/property.htm]; 1980-86: medical student; 1985: year of leave, mostly studying health in developing countries - Nigeria, India, Nepal, also in Europe - two short courses in tropical medicine and tropical public health; 1983: arrested Franklin Dam protest, Tasmania [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Dam]; 1988: whistle blower, Mersey General Hospital, Tasmania; 1989: support candidate Green Independents, Braddon Tasmania [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor%E2%80%93Green_Accord]; 1988-1996: rural general practitioner Tasmania (mostly in Campbell Town Tas, but with several trips to India for BODHI, also to London to study); 1996-2002, post graduate studies, MSc, PhD; 2002-05: co-ordinating lead author Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (future) scenarios working group chapter on future human well being, also conceptual framework [http://www.millenniumassessment.org/en/index.aspx]; 2001-2009: (founding) board member Doctors for Environment, Australia [http://www.dea.org.au/]; 2009: named as one of "a hundred doctors for the planet" by the French Environmental Health Association [www.bodhi.net.au/pdfs/cbutlerdrs4planetiv.pdf]; almost 100 chapters and articles - peer reviewed and/or commissioned - to date (ie Feb 2012), mostly on global environmental change and human health - including limits to growth and health (plus many letters and reports); over 40 invited talks (ie keynotes, plenary talks and special lectures), in 13 countries to date; PhD: "


Academic positions:

Associate Professor of Public Health

National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health http://nceph.anu.edu.au/

College of Medicine Biology and Environment

Australian National University


Research interests:

sustainable public health

ecology and public health

global health

population and development

future health

future Earth


What I think of the idea behind WebmedCentral:

sounds interesting; I certainly agree there are many problems with both conventional peer review, and also with many open access journals, which at the low end, merge with vanity press


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