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Anja Mizdrak, Department of Public Health

Anja Mizdrak, BODE3PhD
Research Fellow; BODE3

Contact details 

Tel 64 4 918 6912
Email anja.mizdrak@otago.ac.nz

Research interests and activities 

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 (BODE³). She is currently working on modelling the health gains, costs, and cost-effectiveness dietary and physical activity interventions.

Anja recently completed her PhD investigating the impact of health-related food taxes and subsidies in the UK, specifically focusing on differential impacts by household income. She has also contributed to research looking at dietary greenhouse gas emissions, nutrient profiling models, and front-of-pack food labelling. Anja’s interest in public health began during her undergraduate degree in Human Sciences at the University of Oxford.

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Publications

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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/obr.12868

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

Blakely, T., Wilson, N., Mizdrak, A., Cleghorn, C. (2018, April). And now the Brits are doing it: A sugary drink tax levy on the industry. Public Health Expert blog. Retrieved from https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert

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

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

Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Wilson, N., Blakely, T., Nghiem, N., Cleghorn, C., Kvizhinadze, G., Atkinson, J., Nair, N., Mizdrak, A., & van der Deen, F. S. (2017). Guide for ensuring high quality of modelling outputs in the BODE3 programme. Wellington, New Zealand: Department of Public Health, University of Otago. 22p. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/wellington/departments/publichealth

Rayner, M., Mizdrak, A., Logstrup, S., & Kestens, M. (2013). Reducing children’s exposure to marketing of foods and drinks that are high in fat, salt or sugar: What would be the best nutrient profile model? European Heart Network. 34p. Retrieved from http://www.ehnheart.org

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Other Research Output

Blakely, T., Wilson, N., Mizdrak, A., Cleghorn, C. (2018, April). And now the Brits are doing it: A sugary drink tax levy on the industry. Public Health Expert blog. Retrieved from https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert

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Chapter in Book - Research

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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Journal - Research Article

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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/obr.12868

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Journal - Research Other

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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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Mizdrak, A., Scarborough, P., & Briggs, A. (2016). The impact of meeting dietary guidelines on UK mortality: A comparative risk assessment modelling study. Proceedings of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 15th Annual Scientific Meeting. (pp. 254). ISBNPA. Retrieved from https://www.isbnpa.org

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: A comparative risk assessment modelling study. Proceedings of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Annual Meeting. (pp. 90). Retrieved from http://eventmobi.com/isbnpa2015/documents/103270

Ni Mhurchu, C., Eyles, H., Genc, M., Scarborough, P., Rayner, M., Mizdrak, A., … Blakely, T. (2014). Estimated effects of health-related food taxes and subsidies on mortality from non-communicable disease in New Zealand. Proceedings of the New Zealand Population Health Congress: Connecting Communities, Policy and Science. (pp. 88). Retrieved from http://www.pophealthcongress.org.nz/nzphc14/programme/programme

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Mizdrak, A., Smed, S., Waterlander, W., Rayner, M., & Scarborough, P. (2017, June). The differential impact of selected health-related food taxes and subsidies in the UK: An econometric-epidemiological modelling study. Verbal presentation at the 16th Scientific Annual Meeting of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Victoria, Canada.

Mizdrak, A. (2016, December). The feasibility of using a UK virtual supermarket to examine differences in purchasing behaviour across income groups. Verbal presentation at the 12th UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM) Annual Scientific Meeting: Complex Interventions in a Complex World: Applications of Behavioural Medicine, Cardiff, UK.

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