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Professor Nick Wilson, Department of Public Health

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MB ChB, DIH, MPH

Professor (Public Health), and Director BODE3 Programme

Contact details

Tel +64 4 918 6469
Mob +64 21 204 5523
Email nick.wilson@otago.ac.nz
Blog blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert

Research interests and activities

Nick is a medical doctor who subsequently specialised as a public health physician and then moved into university-based research. He has over 450 Medline-indexed publications in peer-reviewed journals. His research interests include:

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Publications

Wilson, N., Cleghorn, C., Nghiem, N., & Blakely, T. (2023). Prioritization of intervention domains to prevent cardiovascular disease: A country-level case study using global burden of disease and local data. Population Health Metrics, 21(1), 1. doi: 10.1186/s12963-023-00301-1

Grout, L., Chambers, T., Hales, S., Prickett, M., Baker, M. G., & Wilson, N. (2023). The potential human health hazard of nitrates in drinking water: A media discourse analysis in a high-income country. Environmental Health, 22, 9. doi: 10.1186/s12940-023-00960-5

Ouakrim, D. A., Wilson, T., Waa, A., Maddox, R., Andrabi, H., Mishra, S. R., Summers, J. A., … Edwards, R., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2023). Tobacco endgame intervention impacts on health gains and Māori/non-Māori health inequity: A simulation study of the Aotearoa/New Zealand Tobacco Action Plan. Tobacco Control. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/tc-2022-057655

Baker, M. G., Durrheim, D., Hsu, L. Y., & Wilson, N. (2023). COVID-19 and other pandemics require a coherent response strategy. Lancet. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(22)02489-8

Sigglekow, F., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2023). Income and economic productivity loss associated with comorbidity: Longitudinal analysis of linked individual-level data for a whole country [Short report]. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 77, 97-100. doi: 10.1136/jech-2021-218255

Thomson, G., & Wilson, N. (2017). Global tobacco industry. In S. R. Quah & W. Cockerham (Eds.), The International encyclopedia of public health (Vol. 3). (2nd ed.) (pp. 292-300). Oxford, UK: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803678-5.00463-X

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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

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

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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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

Chapter in Book - Research

Grout, L., Chambers, T., Hales, S., Prickett, M., Baker, M. G., & Wilson, N. (2023). The potential human health hazard of nitrates in drinking water: A media discourse analysis in a high-income country. Environmental Health, 22, 9. doi: 10.1186/s12940-023-00960-5

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Ouakrim, D. A., Wilson, T., Waa, A., Maddox, R., Andrabi, H., Mishra, S. R., Summers, J. A., … Edwards, R., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2023). Tobacco endgame intervention impacts on health gains and Māori/non-Māori health inequity: A simulation study of the Aotearoa/New Zealand Tobacco Action Plan. Tobacco Control. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/tc-2022-057655

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Wilson, N., Cleghorn, C., Nghiem, N., & Blakely, T. (2023). Prioritization of intervention domains to prevent cardiovascular disease: A country-level case study using global burden of disease and local data. Population Health Metrics, 21(1), 1. doi: 10.1186/s12963-023-00301-1

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Boyd, M., & Wilson, N. (2022). Island refuges for surviving nuclear winter and other abrupt sunlight-reducing catastrophes. Risk Analysis. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/risa.14072

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Camacho, X., Nedkoff, L., Wright, F. L., Nghiem, N., Buajitti, E., Goldacre, R., … Wilson, N., Blakely, T., & Clarke, P. (2022). Relative contribution of trends in myocardial infarction event rates and case fatality to declines in mortality: An international comparative study of 1·95 million events in 80·4 million people in four countries. Lancet Public Health, 7(3), 229-239. doi: 10.1016/s2468-2667(22)00006-8

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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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Chambers, T., Joy, M., Wilson, N., Hales, S., & Baker, M. (2022). Quantifying the nitrate levels in bottled water in New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 46(3), 322-324. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.13196

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Gendall, P., Gendall, K., Branston, J. R., Edwards, R., Wilson, N., & Hoek, J. (2022). Going 'super value' in New Zealand: Cigarette pricing strategies during a period of sustained annual excise tax increases. Tobacco Control. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/tc-2021-057232

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Jones, A. C., Grout, L., Wilson, N., Nghiem, N., & Cleghorn, C. (2022). The cost-effectiveness of a mass media campaign to promote smartphone apps for weight loss: Updated modeling study. JMIR Formative Research, 6(4), e29291. doi: 10.2196/29291

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Nghiem, N., Teng, A., Cleghorn, C., McKerchar, C., & Wilson, N. (2022). Using household economic survey data to assess food expenditure patterns and trends in a high-income country with notable health inequities. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 21703. doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-26301-z

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Thompson, J., McClure, R., Blakely, T., Wilson, N., Baker, M. G., Wijnands, J. S., … Stevenson, M. (2022). Modelling SARS-CoV-2 disease progression in Australia and New Zealand: An account of an agent-based approach to support public health decision-making. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.13221

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Wilson, N., Clement, C., Summers, J. A., Thomson, G., & Harper, G. (2022). Differential lifespan impacts on veterans by war exposure in the First World War. BMJ Military Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/military-2022-002278

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Wilson, N., Hoek, J., Nghiem, N., Summers, J., Grout, L., & Edwards, R. (2022). Modelling the impacts of tobacco denicotinisation on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 135(1548), 65-76. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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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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Boyd, M., & Wilson, N. (2021). Optimizing island refuges against global catastrophic and existential biological threats: Priorities and preparations. Risk Analysis, 41(12), 2266-2285. doi: 10.1111/risa.13735

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Grout, L., Katar, A., Ouakrim, D. A., Summers, J. A., Kvalsvig, A., Baker, M. G., Blakely, T., & Wilson, N. (2021). Failures of quarantine systems for preventing COVID-19 outbreaks in Australia and New Zealand. Medical Journal of Australia. Advance online publication. doi: 10.5694/mja2.51240

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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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Hoenink, J. C., Waterlander, W. E., Mackenbach, J. D., Ni Mhurchu, C., Wilson, N., Beulens, J. W. J., & Nghiem, N. (2021). Impact of taxes on purchases of close substitute foods: Analysis of cross-price elasticities using data from a randomized experiment. Nutrition Journal, 20, 75. doi: 10.1186/s12937-021-00736-y

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Nghiem, N., & Wilson, N. (2021). Potential impact of COVID-19 related unemployment on increased cardiovascular disease in a high-income country: Modeling health loss, cost and equity. PLoS ONE, 16(5), e0246053. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0246053

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Singh, A., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2021). Simulating future public health benefits of tobacco control interventions: A systematic review of models. Tobacco Control, 30, 460-470. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2019-055425

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Teng, A. M., Genç, M., Herman, J., Signal, L., Areai, D., & Wilson, N. (2021). Impact of sugar-sweetened beverage taxes on price, import and sale volumes in an island nation: Interrupted time series analysis. Public Health Nutrition, 24(7), 1828-1835. doi: 10.1017/s1368980021000185

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Teng, A., Buffière, B., Genç, M., Latavao, T., Puloka, V., Signal, L., & Wilson, N. (2021). Equity of expenditure changes associated with a sweetened-beverage tax in Tonga: Repeated cross-sectional household surveys. BMC Public Health, 21, 149. doi: 10.1186/s12889-020-10139-z

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Teng, A., Snowdon, W., Tin, S. T. W., Genç, M., Na'ati, E., Puloka, V., Signal, L., & Wilson, N. (2021). Progress in the Pacific on sugar‐sweetened beverage taxes: A systematic review of policy changes from 2000 to 2019. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 45(4), 376-384. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.13123

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Wilson, N., & Thomson, G. (2021). Deficient handwashing amenities in public toilets in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic: A multi-regional survey. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1538), 18-27. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Wilson, N., Baker, M. G., Blakely, T., & Eichner, M. (2021). Estimating the impact of control measures to prevent outbreaks of COVID-19 associated with air travel into a COVID-19-free country. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 10766. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-89807-y

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Wilson, N., Blakely, T., Baker, M. G., & Eichner, M. (2021). Estimating the risk of outbreaks of COVID-19 associated with shore leave by merchant ship crews: Simulation studies for New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1529), 26-38. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Wilson, N., Clement, C., Summers, J. A., Thomson, G., & Harper, G. (2021). Impact of war on veteran life span: Natural experiment involving combat versus non-combat exposed military personnel. BMJ Military Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/bmjmilitary-2021-001991

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Wilson, N., Clement, C., Thomson, G., & Harper, G. (2021). Health impacts for New Zealand military personnel from the South African War of 1899-1902. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1532), 22-43. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Wilson, N., Gurram, N., Grout, L., & Thomson, G. (2021). A survey of the smokefree status of pedestrian-only spaces in 10 New Zealand local government areas. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1544), 69-80. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Wilson, N., Jones, A., Teng, A., & Thomson, G. (2021). The epidemiology of attacks on statues: New Zealand as a case study. PLoS ONE, 16(6), e0252567. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0252567

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Abeling, S., Horspool, N., Johnston, D., Dizhur, D., Wilson, N., Clement, C., & Ingham, J. (2020). Patterns of earthquake-related mortality at a whole-country level: New Zealand, 1840-2017. Earthquake Spectra, 36(1), 138-163. doi: 10.1177/8755293019878190

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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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Boyd, M. J., Wilson, N., & Nelson, C. (2020). Validation analysis of Global Health Security Index (GHSI) scores 2019. BMJ Global Health, 5, e003276. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2020-003276

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