Mahmudur Rahman

Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research, Bangladesh 

Prof. Mahmudur Rahman has served as the as the Director of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) and National Influenza Center in Bangladesh for the over nine years. He served as Professor and Head of the Department of Epidemiology of National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSOM) from 2002 to 2004, following six years as Associate Professor of Epidemiology in NIPSOM. He has most of academic career to the fields of epidemiology and public health, and his past research has focused on disease surveillance, communicable, infectious disease and non-communicable disease epidemiology, and public health policy issues.

Professor Rahman played a key facilitator role in establishing the National Influenza Center (BSL 3), Nipah laboratory, and web based disease surveillance in Bangladesh, and he led the H1N1pandemic response in Bangladesh. At IEDCR and NIPSOM, Rahman chaired and served on a number of panels dealing different issues of epidemiology, disease surveillance, and public health policies, ranging from avian and pandemic influenza surveillance to health and population program planning. He served as the Managing Editor of the Journal of Preventive and Social Medicine and member of the International Health Regulation (2005) and Pandemic Influenza Review Committee at WHO HQ in Geneva. Currently serving as a member of the Emergency Committee on MERS CoV formed by WHO DG, the Expert Review Committee for Polio eradication, and the Scientific Advisory Committee on Visceral Leishmaniasis of TDR WHO. He also serves as Executive Board Member of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI), Member of SEAR Certification Commission for Polio Eradication (SEARCCPE), Editorial Board member of the SEARO Journal, and Enlistee in the “International Health Regulation (IHR) Roster of Experts”. Additionally, he leads different national international projects as principal investigator.

Professor Rahman is editor of the “Text Book of Community Medicine and Public Health”. He has authored 89 research publications and studies published in international and national journals; he earned his Masters in Primary Health Care Management from ASEAN Institute of Health Development, Mahidol University, Thailand, and his Ph.D in Epidemiology from the University of Cambridge, UK.