Philippe Autier, born in 1956, is a Belgian medical doctor and epidemiologist with broad international experience. Philippe Autier received his medical degree from the Free University of Brussels in 1982 and a diploma in tropical medicine from the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp in 1983. In 1988, he studied y at Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, where he was awarded a Masters in Public Health in 1989. In 2010, he received a PhD degree from the Erasmus Medical University of Rotterdam for a thesis on determinants of cutaneous melanoma. Fron 2011 to 2014, Philippe Autier has been Honory Professor at Dundee University (Dundee, UK). Since 2014, Philippe Autier is full professor at Strathclyde University (Glasgow, UK)
Philippe Autier spent the first years of professional life by joining the humanitarian non-governmental organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), after which he began his scientific career as expert in international health, mainly in disaster medicine, working with the WHO and the World Bank. In 1989, Philippe Autier joined the Jules Bordet Institute in Brussels where he became head of the Epidemiology and Prevention department. From 1995 to 2000, he was deputy director of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics department of the European Institute of Oncology in Milan (Italy). In 2000-2004, he was back at the Jules Bordet Institute in Brussels (Belgium). In 2005-2009, he was Group Head of the Prevention Group at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, (France). Since December 2009, he is Vice President Population Research at the International Prevention Research Institute in Lyon (France) (www.i-pri.org).
Philippe Autier has broad scientific and international experience. Since 1990, his main research area is the epidemiology of skin cancer and sun protection, for which he has coordinated major research activities within the Melanoma Group of the European Organization for Research on Cancer (EORTC). Since 2003, Philippe Autier is greatly involved in breast cancer epidemiology and outcome, and in the evaluation of cancer screening activities. Philippe Autier is also involved in health technology assessment and in pharmacoepidemiology, especially for the evaluation and surveillance of innovative drugs (e.g., immune modulators), and new methods for cancer early detection.
He is author and co-author of 240 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, being the first author in 98 articles and the senior author in 50.
Philippe Autier is married with Anne Bredart, who works as psycho-oncologist at the Curie Institute in Paris. Philippe and Anne have two sons, Anton (23 years old) and Gilles (19 years old).