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Health Sciences profile

Anja Mizdrak

PositionSenior Research Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Public Health (Wellington)
Research summaryPublic health

Research

Anja joined the University of Otago as a Research Fellow in 2017 to work on the Burden of Disease Epidemiology, Equity and Cost-Effectiveness Programme (BODE

Publications

Carvalho, N., Sousa, T. V., Mizdrak, A., Jones, A., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2022). Comparing health gains, costs and cost-effectiveness of 100s of interventions in Australia and New Zealand: An online interactive league table. Population Health Metrics, 20, 17. doi: 10.1186/s12963-022-00294-3

Grout, L., Mizdrak, A., Nghiem, N., Jones, A. C., Blakely, T., Ni Mhurchu, C., & Cleghorn, C. (2022). Potential effect of real-world junk food and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes on population health, health system costs and greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand: A modelling study. BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health, 5(1), 19-35. doi: 10.1136/bmjnph-2021-000376

Singh, A., Mizdrak, A., Daniel, L., Blakely, T., Baker, E., Alfonzo, L. F., & Bentley, R. (2022). Estimating cardiovascular health gains from eradicating indoor cold in Australia. Environmental Health, 21, 54. doi: 10.1186/s12940-022-00865-9

Cleghorn, C., Mulder, I., Macmillan, A., Mizdrak, A., Drew, J., Nghiem, N., Blakely, T., & Ni Mhurchu, C. (2022). Can a greenhouse gas emissions tax on food also be healthy and equitable? A systemised review and modelling study from Aotearoa New Zealand. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 19, 4421. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19084421

Randal, E., Shaw, C., McLeod, M., Keall, M., Woodward, A., & Mizdrak, A. (2022). The impact of transport on population health and health equity for Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand: A prospective burden of disease study. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 19, 2032. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19042032

Mizdrak, A., & Ritchie, A. J. (2017). Health and well-being in urban environments. In J. Bishop (Ed.), Building sustainable cities of the future. (pp. 99-115). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-54458-8

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Carvalho, N., Sousa, T. V., Mizdrak, A., Jones, A., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2022). Comparing health gains, costs and cost-effectiveness of 100s of interventions in Australia and New Zealand: An online interactive league table. Population Health Metrics, 20, 17. doi: 10.1186/s12963-022-00294-3

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Cleghorn, C., Mulder, I., Macmillan, A., Mizdrak, A., Drew, J., Nghiem, N., Blakely, T., & Ni Mhurchu, C. (2022). Can a greenhouse gas emissions tax on food also be healthy and equitable? A systemised review and modelling study from Aotearoa New Zealand. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 19, 4421. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19084421

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Grout, L., Mizdrak, A., Nghiem, N., Jones, A. C., Blakely, T., Ni Mhurchu, C., & Cleghorn, C. (2022). Potential effect of real-world junk food and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes on population health, health system costs and greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand: A modelling study. BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health, 5(1), 19-35. doi: 10.1136/bmjnph-2021-000376

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Randal, E., Shaw, C., McLeod, M., Keall, M., Woodward, A., & Mizdrak, A. (2022). The impact of transport on population health and health equity for Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand: A prospective burden of disease study. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 19, 2032. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19042032

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Singh, A., Mizdrak, A., Daniel, L., Blakely, T., Baker, E., Alfonzo, L. F., & Bentley, R. (2022). Estimating cardiovascular health gains from eradicating indoor cold in Australia. Environmental Health, 21, 54. doi: 10.1186/s12940-022-00865-9

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Blakely, T., Sigglekow, F., Irfan, M., Mizdrak, A., Dieleman, J., Bablani, L., … Wilson, N. (2021). Disease-related income and economic productivity loss in New Zealand: A longitudinal analysis of linked individual-level data. PLoS Medicine, 18(11), e1003848. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1003848

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Darrah, T., Waa, A., Mizdrak, A., & Jones, A. C. (2021). Māori perspectives on alcohol: A narrative review. International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, 14(1), 51-64. doi: 10.5204/ijcis.v14i1.1809

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Grout, L., Telfer, K., Wilson, N., Cleghorn, C., & Mizdrak, A. (2021). Prescribing smartphone apps for physical activity promotion in primary care: Modeling study of health gain and cost savings. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 23(12), e31702. doi: 10.2196/31702

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Mizdrak, A., Ding, D., Cleghorn, C., Blakely, T., & Richards, J. (2021). Hitting the target but missing the point? Modelling health and economic impacts of different approaches to meeting the global action plan for physical activity target. Sports Medicine, 51, 815-823. doi: 10.1007/s40279-020-01398-2

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Mizdrak, A., Shaw, C., Lynch, B., & Richards, J. (2021). The potential of school-based physical education to increase physical activity in Aotearoa New Zealand children and young people: A modelling study. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1531), 23-35. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Blakely, T., Cleghorn, C., Mizdrak, A., Waterlander, W., Nghiem, N., Swinburn, B., Wilson, N., & Ni Mhurchu, C. (2020). The effect of food taxes and subsidies on population health and health costs: A modelling study. Lancet Public Health, 5(7), e404-e413. doi: 10.1016/s2468-2667(20)30116-x

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Blakely, T., Cleghorn, C., Petrović-van der Deen, F., Cobiac, L. J., Mizdrak, A., Mackenbach, J. P., … Wilson, N. (2020). Prospective impact of tobacco eradication and overweight and obesity eradication on future morbidity and health-adjusted life expectancy: Simulation study. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 74, 354-361. doi: 10.1136/jech-2019-213091

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Blakely, T., Moss, R., Collins, J., Mizdrak, A., Singh, A., Carvalho, N., Wilson, N., … Flaxman, A. (2020). Proportional multistate lifetable modelling of preventive interventions: Concepts, code and worked examples. International Journal of Epidemiology, 49(5), 1624-1636. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyaa132

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Blakely, T., Nghiem, N., Genc, M., Mizdrak, A., Cobiac, L., Ni Mhurchu, C., … Cleghorn, C. (2020). Modelling the health impact of food taxes and subsidies with price elasticities: The case for additional scaling of food consumption using the total food expenditure elasticity. PLoS ONE, 15(3), e0230506. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0230506

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Drew, J., Cleghorn, C., Macmillan, A., & Mizdrak, A. (2020). Healthy and climate-friendly eating patterns in the New Zealand context. Environmental Health Perspectives, 128(1), 017007. doi: 10.1289/ehp5996

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Mizdrak, A., Cobiac, L. J., Cleghorn, C. L., Woodward, A., & Blakely, T. (2020). Fuelling walking and cycling: Human powered locomotion is associated with non-negligible greenhouse gas emissions. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 9196. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-66170-y

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Mizdrak, A., Telfer, K., Direito, A., Cobiac, L. J., Blakely, T., Cleghorn, C. L., & Wilson, N. (2020). Health gain, cost impacts, and cost-effectiveness of a mass media campaign to promote smartphone apps for physical activity: Modeling study. JMIR mHealth & uHealth, 8(6), e18014. doi: 10.2196/18014

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Cobiac, L. J., Mizdrak, A., & Wilson, N. (2019). Cost-effectiveness of raising alcohol excise taxes to reduce the injury burden of road traffic crashes. Injury Prevention, 25, 421-427. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2018-042914

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Mizdrak, A., Blakely, T., Cleghorn, C. L., & Cobiac, L. J. (2019). Potential of active transport to improve health, reduce healthcare costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions: A modelling study. PLoS ONE, 14(7), e0129316. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0219316

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Nghiem, N., Knight, J., Mizdrak, A., Blakely, T., & Wilson, N. (2019). Preventive pharmacotherapy for cardiovascular disease: A modelling study considering health gain, costs, and cost-effectiveness when stratifying by absolute risk. Scientific Reports, 9, 19562. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-55372-8

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Teng, A. M., Jones, A. C., Mizdrak, A., Signal, L., Genç, M., & Wilson, N. (2019). Impact of sugar-sweetened beverage taxes on purchases and dietary intake: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews, 20, 1187-1204. doi: 10.1111/obr.12868

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Wilson, N., Cleghorn, C. L., Cobiac, L. J., Mizdrak, A., & Nghiem, N. (2019). Achieving healthy and sustainable diets: A review of the results of recent mathematical optimization studies. Advances in Nutrition, 10(Suppl. 4), S389-S403. doi: 10.1093/advances/nmz037

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Mizdrak, A., Waterlander, W. E., Rayner, M., & Scarborough, P. (2017). Using a UK virtual supermarket to examine purchasing behavior across different income groups in the United Kingdom: Development and feasibility study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(10), e343. doi: 10.2196/jmir.7982

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Scarborough, P., Smolina, K., Mizdrak, A., Cobiac, L., & Briggs, A. (2016). Assessing the external validity of model-based estimates of the incidence of heart attack in England: A modelling study. BMC Public Health, 16, 1135. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3782-6

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Kaur, A., Scarborough, P., Matthews, A., Payne, S., Mizdrak, A., & Rayner, M. (2015). How many foods in the UK carry health and nutrition claims, and are they healthier than those that do not? Public Health Nutrition, 19(6), 988-997. doi: 10.1017/S1368980015002104

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Mizdrak, A., Scarborough, P., Waterlander, W. E., & Rayner, M. (2015). Differential responses to food price changes by personal characteristic: A systematic review of experimental studies. PLoS ONE, 10(7), e0130320. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130320

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Monsivais, P., Scarborough, P., Lloyd, T., Mizdrak, A., Luben, R., Mulligan, A. A., … Woodcock, J. (2015). Greater accordance with the dietary approaches to stop hypertension dietary pattern is associated with lower diet-related greenhouse gas production but higher dietary costs in the United Kingdom. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 102(1), 138-145. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.114.090639

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Ni Mhurchu, C., Eyles, H., Genc, M., Scarborough, P., Rayner, M., Mizdrak, A., … Blakely, T. (2015). Effects of health-related food taxes and subsidies on mortality from diet-related disease in New Zealand: An econometric-epidemiologic modelling study. PLoS ONE, 10(7), e0128477. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0128477

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Kelly, P., Doherty, A., Mizdrak, A., Marshall, S., Kerr, J., Legge, A., … Foster, C. (2014). High group-level validity but high random error of a self-report travel diary, as assessed by wearable cameras. Journal of Transport & Health, 1(3), 190-201. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2014.04.003

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Scarborough, P., Appleby, P. N., Mizdrak, A., Briggs, A. D. M., Travis, R. C., Bradbury, K. E., & Key, T. J. (2014). Dietary greenhouse gas emissions of meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans in the UK. Climatic Change, 125(2), 179-192. doi: 10.1007/s10584-014-1169-1

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Scarborough, P., Harrington, R. A., Mizdrak, A., Zhou, L. M., & Doherty, A. (2014). The Preventable Risk Integrated ModEl and its used to estimate the health impact of public health policy scenarios. Scientifica, 2014, 748750. doi: 10.1155/2014/748750

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Briggs, A. D. M., Mizdrak, A., & Scarborough, P. (2013). A statin a day keeps the doctor away: Comparative proverb assessment modelling study. BMJ, 347, F7267. doi: 10.1136/bmj.f7267

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Scarborough, P., Payne, C., Agu, C. G., Kaur, A., Mizdrak, A., Rayner, M., … Boyland, E. (2013). How important is the choice of the nutrient profile model used to regulate broadcast advertising of foods to children? A comparison using a targeted data set. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 67, 815-820. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2013.112

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Wilson, N., Grout, L., Summers, J., Jones, A. C., Mizdrak, A., Nghiem, N., Cleghorn, C., & Blakely, T. (2021). Should prioritising health interventions be informed by modelling studies? The case of cancer control in Aotearoa New Zealand [Viewpoint]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1531), 101-113. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Nghiem, N., Mizdrak, A., & Wilson, N. (2020). Increased unemployment from the COVID-19 pandemic, what might be the adverse impacts on cardiovascular disease in Aotearoa/New Zealand and how might this be prevented? New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1526), 89-98. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Scarborough, P., Hodgkins, C., Raats, M. M., Harrington, R. A., Cowburn, G., Dean, M., … Mizdrak, A., … Rayner, M. (2015). Protocol for a pilot randomised controlled trial of an intervention to increase the use of traffic light food labelling in UK shoppers (in the FLICC trial). Pilot & Feasibility Studies, 1, 21. doi: 10.1186/s40814-015-0015-1

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