Chris Bullen
Date:2021-09-14 09:23 

Professor Chris Bullen is a medical graduate of the University of Auckland, a specialist public health physician and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine. He practiced as a primary care clinician in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea before training in public health medicine and epidemiology.

He is Professor of Public Health and Director of the National Institute for Health Innovation, New Zealand, a leading health research centre in New Zealand with the mission of “Discovering innovative solutions to the world’s leading health problems.” He is also Director of Postgraduate public health education programmes at the University of Auckland.

Professor Bullen has published more than 180 articles in peer-reviewed journals, with academic papers in leading journals such as The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine and British Medical Journal. He has been awarded more than NZ $14M in research grants and contracts. He is world-renowned for his expertise in tobacco control research and has active research collaborations with leading groups in the US, Australia, Papua New Guinea, China and Malaysia, where he has an appointment as Academic Icon at the University of Malaya.

The advent of mobile phone technologies has revolutionised communication and reach across ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic divides and has huge potential as a vehicle for health promotion and disease prevention and management. Professor Bullen’s current research focuses on exploring innovative ways that capitalise on this transformative technology to reach people who smoke tobacco or have smoking-related illness with effective support to quit smoking and improve their health.