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Professor Nick Wilson, Department of Public Health

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MBChB, DIH, MPH

Professor (Public Health), and co-Director BODE³ Programme

Contact Details  

Tel: +64 4 385 5541 ext 6469
Cell: 021 2045 523
Fax: +64 4 389 5319
Email: nick.wilson@otago.ac.nz
Blog: blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert

Research Interests and Activities 

Nick trained as a medical doctor and subsequently specialised as a public health physician. He has over 270 Medline-indexed publications in peer-reviewed journals. His research interests include:

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Publications

Teng, A. M., Kvizhinadze, G., Nair, N., McLeod, M., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2017). A screening program to test and treat for Helicobacter pylori infection: Cost-utility analysis by age, sex and ethnicity. BMC Infectious Diseases, 17(1), 156. doi: 10.1186/s12879-017-2259-2

Disney, G., Teng, A., Atkinson, J., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2017). Changing ethnic inequalities in mortality in New Zealand over 30 years: Linked cohort studies with 68.9 million person-years of follow-up. Population Health Metrics, 15, 15. doi: 10.1186/s12963-017-0132-6

Wilson, N., Morales, A., Guy, N., & Thomson, G. (2017). Marked decline of sudden mass fatality events in New Zealand 1900 to 2015: The basis epidemiology. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12652

Boyd, M., Baker, M. G., Mansoor, O. D., Kvizhinadze, G., & Wilson, N. (2017). Protecting an island nation from extreme pandemic threats: Proof-of-concept around border closure as an intervention. PLoS ONE, 12(6), e0178732. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0178732

Teng, A. M., Atkinson, J., Disney, G., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2017). Changing socioeconomic inequalities in cancer incidence and mortality: Cohort study with 54 million person-years follow-up 1981-2011. International Journal of Cancer, 140(6), 1306-1316. doi: 10.1002/ijc.30555

Chapter in Book - Research

Thomson, G., & Wilson, N. (2015). The global tobacco industry. In M. J. Caplan (Ed.), Reference module in biomedical sciences. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-801238-3.03201-3

Wilson, N., Howden-Chapman, P., Wickens, K., & Crane, J. (2009). Indoor mould exposure and health. In P. Howden-Chapman, J. Bennett & R. Siebers (Eds.), Do damp and mould matter? Health impacts of leaky homes. (pp. 19-23). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts.

Thomson, G., & Wilson, N. (2008). The tobacco industry. In K. Heggenhougen & S. Quah (Eds.), International encyclopedia of public health (Vol. 6). (pp. 331-337). San Diego, USA: Academic Press.

Thomson, G., Wilson, N., & Crane, J. (2008). Rethinking the regulatory framework for tobacco control in New Zealand. In A. Ghose (Ed.), Impact of government policies on marketing strategies. (pp. 179-188). Hyderabad, India: Icfai University Press.

Blakely, T. A., Hales, S., Kieft, C. E., Wilson, N., & Woodward, A. (2004). Distribution of risk factors by poverty. In M. Ezzati, A. D. Lopez, A. Rodgers & C. J. L. Murray (Eds.), Comparative quantification of health risks: Volume 2: Global and regional burden of disease attributable to selected major risk factors. (pp. 1941-2127). Geneva: World Health Organization.

Thomson, G. W., & Wilson, N. (2001). Tobacco control policy. In P. Davis & T. Ashton (Eds.), Health and public policy in New Zealand. (pp. 237-254). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

Howden-Chapman, P., & Wilson, N. (2000). Housing and health. In Social inequalities in health: New Zealand 1999. (pp. 133-145). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.

Howden-Chapman, P., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2000). Summary and conclusion. In Social inequalities in health: New Zealand 1999. (pp. 147-167). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.

Howden-Chapman, P. L., & Wilson, N. (2000). Housing and Health. In P. Howden-Chapman & M. Tobias (Eds.), Social Inequalities and Health: New Zealand 1999. (pp. 133-146). Wellington: Ministry of Health.

Howden-Chapman, P., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2000). Introduction. In Social inequalities in health: New Zealand 1999. (pp. 1-7). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.

Wilson, N. (2000). Education and health. In Social inequalities in health: New Zealand 1999. (pp. 87-101). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.

Howden-Chapman, P. L., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. A. (2000). Introduction. In P. Howden-Chapman & M. Tobias (Eds.), Social Inequalities and Health in New Zealand: New Zealand 1999. (pp. 1-7). Wellington: Ministry of Health.

Wilson, N. (2000). Labour force status and health. In Social inequalities in health: New Zealand 1999. (pp. 119-132). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.

Wilson, N. (2000). Occupational class and health. In Social inequalities in health: New Zealand 1999. (pp. 103-118). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.

Howden-Chapman, P. L., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. A. (2000). Summary and conclusions. In P. Howden-Chapman & M. Tobias (Eds.), Social Inequalities and Health in New Zealand: New Zealand 1999. (pp. 147-168). Wellington: Ministry of Health.

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Journal - Research Article

Teng, A. M., Kvizhinadze, G., Nair, N., McLeod, M., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2017). A screening program to test and treat for Helicobacter pylori infection: Cost-utility analysis by age, sex and ethnicity. BMC Infectious Diseases, 17(1), 156. doi: 10.1186/s12879-017-2259-2

Teng, A. M., Atkinson, J., Disney, G., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2017). Changing socioeconomic inequalities in cancer incidence and mortality: Cohort study with 54 million person-years follow-up 1981-2011. International Journal of Cancer, 140(6), 1306-1316. doi: 10.1002/ijc.30555

Boyd, M., Baker, M. G., Mansoor, O. D., Kvizhinadze, G., & Wilson, N. (2017). Protecting an island nation from extreme pandemic threats: Proof-of-concept around border closure as an intervention. PLoS ONE, 12(6), e0178732. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0178732

Wilson, N., Morales, A., Guy, N., & Thomson, G. (2017). Marked decline of sudden mass fatality events in New Zealand 1900 to 2015: The basis epidemiology. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12652

Disney, G., Teng, A., Atkinson, J., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2017). Changing ethnic inequalities in mortality in New Zealand over 30 years: Linked cohort studies with 68.9 million person-years of follow-up. Population Health Metrics, 15, 15. doi: 10.1186/s12963-017-0132-6

Nghiem, N., Blakely, T., Cobiac, L. J., Cleghorn, C. L., & Wilson, N. (2016). The health gains and cost savings of dietary salt reduction interventions, with equity and age distributional aspects. BMC Public Health, 16(1), 423. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3102-1

Ball, J., Stanley, J., Wilson, N., Blakely, T., & Edwards, R. (2016). Smoking prevalence in New Zealand from 1996–2015: A critical review of national data sources to inform progress toward the Smokefree 2025 goal. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1439), 11-22. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Wilson, N., Nghiem, N., Ryan, S., Cleghorn, C., Nair, N., & Blakely, T. (2016). Desiging low-cost "heart healthy bread": Optimization using linear programming and 15-country comparison. BMC Nutrition, 2, 23. doi: 10.1186/s40795-016-0062-x

McFadden, A. M. J., Muellner, P., Baljinnyam, Z., Vink, D., & Wilson, N. (2016). Use of multicriteria risk ranking of zoonotic diseases in a developing country: Case study of Mongolia. Zoonoses & Public Health, 63(2), 138-151. doi: 10.1111/zph.12214

Wilson, N., Nghiem, N., Eyles, H., Ni Mhurchu, C., Shields, E., Cobiac, L. J., Cleghorn, C. L., & Blakely, T. (2016). Modeling health gains and cost savings for ten dietary salt reduction targets. Nutrition Journal, 15, 44. doi: 10.1186/s12937-016-0161-1

Teng, A. M., Atkinson, J., Disney, G., Wilson, N., Sarfati, D., McLeod, M., & Blakely, T. (2016). Ethnic inequalities in cancer incidence and mortality: Census-linked cohort studies with 87 million years of person-time follow-up. BMC Cancer, 16, 755. doi: 10.1186/s12885-016-2781-4

Pega, F., & Wilson, N. (2016). A systematic review of health economic analyses of housing improvement interventions and insecticide-treated bednets in the home. PLoS ONE, 11(6), e0151812. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0151812

Clews, C., Brajkovich-Payne, R., Dwight, E., Fauzul, A. A., Burton, M., Carleton, O., Cook, J., Deroles, C., Faulkner, R., Furniss, M., Herewini, A., Huband, D., Jones, N., Kim, C. W., Stanley, J., Li, A., Wilson, N., Lu, J., & Thomson, G. (2016). Alcohol in urban streetscapes: A comparison of the use of Google Street View and on-street observation. BMC Public Health, 16(1), 442. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3115-9

Pearson, A. L., Cleghorn, C. L., van der Deen, F. S., Cobiac, L. J., Kvizhinadze, G., Nghiem, N., Blakely, T., & Wilson, N. (2016). Tobacco retail outlet restrictions: Health and cost impacts from multistate life-table modelling in a national population. Tobacco Control. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2015-052846

Gendall, P., Eckert, C., Hoek, J., Farley, T., Louviere, J., Wilson, N., & Edwards, R. (2016). Estimating the 'consumer surplus' for branded versus standardised tobacco packaging. Tobacco Control, 25(6), 641-647. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2015-052488

Pega, F., Kvizhinadze, G., Blakely, T., Atkinson, J., & Wilson, N. (2016). Home safety assessment and modification to reduce injurious falls in community-dwelling older adults: Cost-utility and equity analysis. Injury Prevention, 22(6), 420-426. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2016-041999

Blakely, T., Cobiac, L. J., Cleghorn, C. L., Pearson, A. L., van der Deen, F. S., Kvizhinadze, G., Nghiem, N., McLeod, M., & Wilson, N. (2015). Health, health inequality, and cost impacts of annual increases in tobacco tax: Multistate life table modeling in New Zealand. PLoS Medicine, 12(7), e1001856. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001856

Blakely, T., Atkinson, J., Kvizhinadze, G., Nghiem, N., McLeod, H., Davies, A., & Wilson, N. (2015). Updated New Zealand health system cost estimates from health events by sex, age and proximity to death: Further improvements in the age of 'big data'. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1422). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Pearson, A. L., van der Deen, F. S., Wilson, N., Cobiac, L., & Blakely, T. (2015). Theoretical impacts of a range of major tobacco retail outlet reduction interventions: Modelling results in a country with a smoke-free nation goal. Tobacco Control, 24(e1), e32-e38. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2013-051362

Cobiac, L. J., Ikeda, T., Nghiem, N., Blakely, T., & Wilson, N. (2015). Modelling the implications of regular increases in tobacco taxation in the tobacco endgame. Tobacco Control, 24, e154-e160. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-051543

Wilson, N., Blaschke, P., Thomson, G., Nghiem, N., & Horrocks, J. (2015). Public health aspects of feral deer, goats and pigs in New Zealand: A review to inform eradication decisions. New Zealand Geographer, 71(3), 177-188. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12086

Blakely, T., Atkinson, J., Kvizhinadze, G., Wilson, N., Davies, A., & Clarke, P. (2015). Patterns of cancer care costs in a country with detailed individual data. Medical Care, 53(4), 302-309. doi: 10.1097/mlr.0000000000000330

Thomson, G., Wilson, N., Collins, D., & Edwards, R. (2015). Attitudes to smoke-free outdoor regulations in the USA and Canada: A review of 89 surveys. Tobacco Control, 25(5), 506-516. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2015-052426

Healey, B., Hoek, J., Wilson, N., Thomson, G., Taylor, S., & Edwards, R. (2015). Youth exposure to in-vehicle second-hand smoke and their smoking behaviours: Trends and associations in repeated national surveys (2006-2012). Tobacco Control, 24(2), 146-152. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2013-051124

Nghiem, N., Blakely, T., Cobiac, L. J., Pearson, A. L., & Wilson, N. (2015). Health and economic impacts of eight different dietary salt reduction interventions. PLoS ONE, 10(4), e0123915. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0123915

Kvizhinadze, G., Wilson, N., Nair, N., McLeod, M., & Blakely, T. (2015). How much might a society spend on life-saving interventions at different ages while remaining cost-effective? A case study in a country with detailed data. Population Health Metrics, 13, 15. doi: 10.1186/s12963-015-0052-2

Ikeda, T., Cobiac, L., Wilson, N., Carter, K., & Blakely, T. (2015). What will it take to get to under 5% smoking prevalence by 2025? Modelling in a country with a smokefree goal. Tobacco Control, 24(2), 139-145. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2013-051196

Pearson, A. L., Winter, P. R., McBreen, B., Stewart, G., Roets, R., Nutsford, D., … Wilson, N. (2014). Obtaining fruit and vegetables for the lowest prices: Pricing survey of different outlets and geographical analysis of competition effects. PLoS ONE, 9(3), e89775. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0089775

Wilson, N., Clement, C., Summers, J. A., Bannister, J., & Harper, G. (2014). Mortality of first world war military personnel: Comparison of two military cohorts. BMJ, 349, g7168. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g7168

Pearson, A. L., Kvizhinadze, G., Wilson, N., Smith, M., Canfell, K., & Blakely, T. (2014). Is expanding HPV vaccination programs to include school-aged boys likely to be value-for-money: A cost-utility analysis in a country with an existing school-girl program. BMC Infectious Diseases, 14, 351. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-14-351

Summers, J. A., Stanley, J., Baker, M. G., & Wilson, N. (2014). Risk factors for death from pandemic influenza in 1918-1919: A case-control study. Influenza & Other Respiratory Viruses, 8(3), 329-338. doi: 10.1111/irv.12228

Chan, J., Burnett, T., Baillie, R., Blomfield, S., Cameron-Christie, P., Dickson, J., Fleischl, W., Gandhi, S., Gordon, K., Heo, J., Kesy, A., Kao, A. Y., Kenny, C., Knight, A., Wilson, N., & Thomson, G. (2014). Smoking in outdoor areas of bars and cafés: Large differences between midday and evening prevalences. Drugs: Education, Prevention, & Policy, 21(6), 484-488. doi: 10.3109/09687637.2014.917273

Collinson, L., Wilson, N., & Thomson, G. (2014). Violent deaths of media workers associated with conflict in Iraq, 2003-2012. PeerJ, 2, e390. doi: 10.7717/peerj.390

Carter, K. N., van der Deen, F. S., Wilson, N., & Blakeley, T. (2014). Smoking uptake is associated with increased psychological distress: Results of a national longitudinal study. Tobacco Control, 23(1), 33-38. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2012-050614

Wilson, N., Oliver, J., & Thomson, G. (2014). Smoking close to others and butt littering at bus stops: Pilot observational study. PeerJ, 2, e272. doi: 10.7717/peerj.272

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