Reza Majdzadeh

School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

United Kingdom
Reza Majdzadeh is a Professor of Global Health at the University of Essex's School of Health and Social Care. With a decades-long career, he has been deeply involved in teaching, rigorous research, and practical work in global health. His strong commitment to advancing research is evident in his extensive publication record, which includes more than 350 peer-reviewed papers in leading international journals. Reza's broad research portfolio encompasses critical areas within Global Health, addressing issues such as equity, Universal Health Coverage, strengthening health systems and generating and applying evidence. His profound expertise in these areas allows him to provide a comprehensive and multidisciplinary perspective to tackle the complex challenges that shape the global health landscape. One significant chapter in his distinguished career is his substantial role as the head of Iran's National Institute of Health Research. In this capacity, Reza played a vital role in closely monitoring the country's health system, particularly during a period marked by the impact of economic sanctions. Building upon his extensive experience in researching and publishing on the health implications of imposed sanctions, he is determined to expand the scope of his research to discover solutions that can better protect global health when faced with the turbulent shocks caused by geopolitics and conflicts. A significant portion of his publications focuses on the effects of sanctions and, in particular, on solutions that enhance the resilience of health systems in the face of sanctions. Reza Majdzadeh recognizes that the critical issues of our time extend beyond the boundaries of traditional academic fields. He ardently advocates for multidisciplinary solutions, as he believes they are essential to our understanding of the intricate interplay between geopolitics, sanctions, and the preservation of public health. In his current role, Reza is well-positioned to contribute significantly to our collective knowledge of these crucial dynamics. Notable among his essential articles in this field are: Health system to response to economic sanctions: global evidence and lessons learned from Iran. Global Health. Global Health. 2022 Dec 29;18(1):107. doi: 10.1186/s12992-022-00901-w. Economic Sanctions Affecting Household Food and Nutrition Security and Policies to Cope With Them: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 2023 doi:10.34172/ijhpm.2023.7362. The human cost of economic sanctions and strategies for building health system resilience: A scoping review of studies in Iran. Int J Health Plann Manage. 2023 Sep;38(5):1142-1160. doi: 10.1002/hpm.3651. Health must be a top priority in the Iran nuclear deal. Lancet. 2021 May 29;397(10289):2047-2048. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(21)01108-9. The harsh effects of sanctions on Iranian health. Lancet. 2019 Aug 10;394(10197):468-469. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(19)31763-5. Iran's research needs to be more noticed. Lancet. 2017 Feb 4;389(10068):503-504. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30234-9. Economic sanctions strangle Iranians' health, not just drug supply. Lancet. 2013 May 11;381(9878):1626. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)61024-7.


Geopolitics, Arms Race and Humanity

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