Prabhat Jha

Officer, Order of Canada; D.Phil., MD

Director, Centre for Global Health Research

Biography

I am the lead investigator of the Million Death Study in India which quantifies the causes of premature mortality in more than one million homes from 1997-2014 including the contribution of key risk factors such as tobacco, alcohol and diet. In addition to authoring several influential publications on tobacco control, including two that helped enable a global treaty on tobacco control, now signed by over 160 countries. I am also a Series Editor for Disease Control Priorities 3, which examines solutions to major global health challenges and a Senior Editor of eLife. My research publishes widely on cause of death statistics, disease control, tobacco control and economics.

Recent Publications

  1. Jha, P. The hazards of smoking and the benefits of cessation: a critical summation of the epidemiological evidence in high-income countries. Elife. 2020;9 :. doi: 10.7554/eLife.49979. PubMed PMID:32207405 PubMed Central PMC7093109.
  2. Ke, C, Stukel, TA, Luk, A, Shah, BR, Jha, P, Lau, E et al.. Development and validation of algorithms to classify type 1 and 2 diabetes according to age at diagnosis using electronic health records. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2020;20 (1):35. doi: 10.1186/s12874-020-00921-3. PubMed PMID:32093635 PubMed Central PMC7038546.
  3. Jha, P, Hill, C, Wu, DCN, Peto, R. Cigarette prices, smuggling, and deaths in France and Canada. Lancet. 2020;395 (10217):27-28. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(19)31291-7. PubMed PMID:31908274 .
  4. Wu, DC, Banzon, EP, Gelband, H, Chin, B, Malhotra, V, Khetrapal, S et al.. Health-care investments for the urban populations, Bangladesh and India. Bull. World Health Organ. 2020;98 (1):19-29. doi: 10.2471/BLT.19.234252. PubMed PMID:31902959 PubMed Central PMC6933436.
  5. Kumar, A, Mhatre, S, Godbole, S, Jha, P, Dikshit, R. Optimization of extraction of genomic DNA from archived dried blood spot (DBS): potential application in epidemiological research & bio banking. Gates Open Res. 2018;2 :57. doi: 10.12688/gatesopenres.12855.3. PubMed PMID:31815249 PubMed Central PMC6883222.
  6. Menon, GR, Singh, L, Sharma, P, Yadav, P, Sharma, S, Kalaskar, S et al.. National Burden Estimates of healthy life lost in India, 2017: an analysis using direct mortality data and indirect disability data. Lancet Glob Health. 2019;7 (12):e1675-e1684. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(19)30451-6. PubMed PMID:31708148 .
  7. Jha, P. Smoking cessation and e-cigarettes in China and India. BMJ. 2019;367 :l6016. doi: 10.1136/bmj.l6016. PubMed PMID:31628101 .
  8. Farrar, DS, Awasthi, S, Fadel, SA, Kumar, R, Sinha, A, Fu, SH et al.. Seasonal variation and etiologic inferences of childhood pneumonia and diarrhea mortality in India. Elife. 2019;8 :. doi: 10.7554/eLife.46202. PubMed PMID:31453804 PubMed Central PMC6759316.
  9. Jeblee, S, Gomes, M, Jha, P, Rudzicz, F, Hirst, G. Automatically determining cause of death from verbal autopsy narratives. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2019;19 (1):127. doi: 10.1186/s12911-019-0841-9. PubMed PMID:31288814 PubMed Central PMC6617656.
  10. Jha, P, Kumar, D, Dikshit, R, Budukh, A, Begum, R, Sati, P et al.. Automated versus physician assignment of cause of death for verbal autopsies: randomized trial of 9374 deaths in 117 villages in India. BMC Med. 2019;17 (1):116. doi: 10.1186/s12916-019-1353-2. PubMed PMID:31242925 PubMed Central PMC6595581.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Endowed Chair in Disease Control, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Research Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto
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