The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) – the world’s oldest public health agency – hosted a debate and discussion of the preliminary findings from the upcoming Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors 2010 Study (GBD 2010 Study).

IHME Director Christopher Murray returned to PAHO on Wednesday, June 13, after a meeting in January where he shared early GBD analyses with researchers there. He was joined by IHME Affiliate Professor Alan Lopez, the head of the University of Queensland’s School of Population Health.


GBD collaborators are nearing completion of a four-year effort to conduct the largest review of epidemiological data sources relevant to burden of disease. GBD studies for 1990 and 2000 examined 108 diseases and causes in eight regions and 170 diseases and causes in 14 regions, respectively. The GBD 2010 Study improves on previous analytical methods and greatly expands the scope of the study to more than 200 conditions and more than 40 risk factors in 21 regions. The study will cover the years 1990, 2005, and 2010. The study will be submitted for peer review in the coming weeks and is expected to be published later this year.