Professor Ramanan Laxminarayan
Professor Ramanan Laxminarayan is an economist and epidemiologist by training. His research work deals with the integration of epidemiological models of infectious diseases and drug resistance into the economic analysis of public health problems. He has worked to improve the understanding of antibiotic resistance as a problem of managing a shared global resource. He is a series editor of the Disease Control Priorities for Developing Countries, 3rd edition.
He has served on a number of advisory committees at the World Health Organization, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and the US National Academies of Science/Institute of Medicine. In 2003-04, he served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Economics of Anti-malarial Drugs and subsequently helped create the Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria, a novel financing mechanism for antimalarials. In 2012, Laxminarayan established the Immunization Technical Support Unit that supports the immunization program of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of India and which is credited with helping rapidly improve vaccination coverage in the country.
In 2014, Laxminarayan served on US President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology’s antimicrobial resistance working group. He is currently a voting member of the US Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antimicrobial Resistance.
Laxminarayan is Distinguished Professor for Public Health at the Public Health Foundation of India, Director and Senior fellow at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy in Washington DC, and a Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer at Princeton University.