Martin O'Flaherty is a professor of Epidemiology at the Department of Public Health and Policy of the University of Liverpool. He has been trained as a physician in a large tertiary academic hospital where he promptly realized that the same patients appeared trough the same door over and over again.As a result of frustration, he progressively developed his interest in Public Health and Epidemiology and become a full convert at a rather late age. His main research interests are in cardiovascular epidemiology and in using a modelling approach to inform the decision making process in healthcare. He is leading a nuber of projects on modelling Food policy and other preventative interventions to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancers and dementia. He worked on several projects aimed to refine, extend and improve the usability of the IMPACT Coronary Heart Disease Policy model, in collaboration with Professor Simon Capewell. The IMPACT model has been developed to estimate the contribution of risk factor changes and evidence based treatments to the observed trends in coronary heart disease mortality and to serve as a platform for exploring key policy issues. Currently the IMPACT model has been implemented in more than 15 countries, including high, middle and low income settings, providing key insights on the drivers of the coronary heart disease epidemic. The model has now been extended to assess a wider range of policies and to explore its impact on socioeconomic determinants of disease, and expanded to explore the potential of prevention beyond cardiovascular disease. He is involved in collaborative projects in the United Kingdom, Denmark, The Netherlands and other European countries, Latin-America and the Middle East.
A typical Argentinian, he has Irish, Spanish and Italian roots, and married to Ingrid, with Danish, Italian and German ancestry. He had the privilege of observing with an 82 reflector telescope the northern skies when it is not overcast,. This is a convenient way of hitting the right work-life balance, as it rains a lot in the Northwest of England, and giving him ample time to work on his epidemiological research. He is extremely proud that his question on “should we let ET know that we are here” has been answered by Sir Patrick Moore in the book celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Sky at Night TV show.
- Postgraduate Research Lead, Department of Public Health and Policy