Oscar H.Franco currently works as Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Department of Epidemiology, Erasmus MC, where he’s also the PI (Principal Investigator) of the cardiovascular epidemiology group. Furthermore, Professor Oscar Franco is founder and director of ErasmusAGE; a new intergenerational ageing research center looking at the impact of lifestyle on ageing across the life course, founder and CEO of EER (Erasmus Epidemiology Resources) and newly assigned Deputy Science Director of NIHES (Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences).
Professor Franco trained as MD at Pontificia Javeriana University, Colombia. Afterwards he moved to the Netherlands where he completed an MSc and a DSc in Clinical Epidemiology with NIHES together with a PhD and a post-doc in cardiovascular disease prevention and public health at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam. After this he moved to the UK where he worked for Unilever as senior public health epidemiologist, the University of Warwick as assistant professor in public health and the University of Cambridge as clinical lecturer in public health. Also in the UK he completed a 5–years clinical training in public health.
Professor Oscar Franco has been awarded the national Dutch public health prize of 2005. He is a fellow of St Edmunds’ College at the University of Cambridge, UK; fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC) and fellow of the English Faculty of Public Health (FFPH). Professor Oscar Franco has published over 240 articles in international journals.