Richard Laing

Richard Laing, MBChB, DA, MSc, MD, is Professor of Global Health. Dr. Laing worked in the Ministry of Health in Zimbabwe for 18 years at all levels, during which time he undertook postgraduate Masters and Doctoral studies in England on Community Health for Developing countries and on Comparative Health Systems & Policy Analysis. He also worked as a consultant at Management Sciences for Health for six years, during which time he established the International Network for the Rational Use of Drugs (INRUD) and undertook assignments in many countries to promote rational use of medicines. He joined the Boston University faculty in 1995, conducting research and teaching on pharmaceutical policy and health care programs for low income countries. While at BU he directed professional training programs on drug policy issues in Boston, South Africa, India, Lebanon, Indonesia and Uzbekistan. In 2003 Dr. Laing joined the WHO in Geneva to work in the Department of Essential Medicines and Pharmaceutical Policies where he promoted pharmaceutical innovation, access, pricing and national policy formulation. He retired from WHO in 2013 and re-joined BU’s Department of Global Health in March 2014. Dr. Laing is an expert facilitator on the topic of pharmaceutical corruption in the online course on Corruption and Health organized through the U4 Anti-corruption Resource Center of Chr. Michelsen Institute, Norway. He also teaches courses in Pharmaceuticals in Public Health, and Analytical Methods for Pharmaceutical Systems Assessment. Dr. Laing received his MBChB and MD from the University of Zimbabwe, a Diploma in Anesthetics from the College of Medicine in South Africa, and a Master of Science in Community Health for Developing Countries from the University of London. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Utrecht University in 2009.

Richard Laing

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