Fred Paccaud is a Professor of Public Health at the Faculté de médecine de Lausanne and the Director of the University Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine, in Lausanne. He is member of the Research Council of the National Fund for Scientific Research (medical sciences division). He is also an Associate Professor at both the Université de Montréal and McGill University Faculties of Medicine.
After completing his medical training in Switzerland, he pursued his speciality in Belgium and London (where he earned an M.Sc.). His research interests were first oriented towards public health information systems, especially those concerning health services. He participated actively in the implementation of Casemix systems in Swiss hospitals, and then became interested in health care evaluation. For the past ten years, he has pursued research in health transition, which focuses on the prevalence of chronic illnesses and the development of an appropriate social and preventive response. This transition involves both developing countries, where degenerative diseases are rapidly becoming endemic, and developed countries, which are probably experiencing the final phase of the transition, as their elderly populations age even further. Research in health transition involves highlighting the development and change of epidemiological patterns; determining factors specific to each community; and perfecting health care service response.
Fred Paccaud, PhD
Professor and Director
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (IUMSP)
Hospices cantonaux, Lausanne
Department of Social and Preventive Medicine,
Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal
Tel : (Switzerland) 41.21.314.72.72
Fax : (Switzerland) 41.21.314.73.73