Nearkasen Chau has been serving as a Research Director at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research for thirty five years (now at the Research Unit 669, Paris, France) and is serving at Paris-Sud 11 University and Paris Descartes University. He was born in 1948 in Cambodia. Chau obtained his Ph.D. in mathematics from the Henri Poincaré Nancy 1 University (France) in 1976. His research area includes public health, especially occupational health (injury, disability, respiratory health, mental health, malnutrition, obesity, mortality, and substance use), adolescent health, and epidemiology. The research focuses mainly on the role of age, gender, family and socioeconomic characteristics, living conditions, occupational exposures, unhealthy behaviours, suicide behaviours, and health status. Consumptions of substances (alcohol, binge drinking, drunkenness, tobacco, cannabis, and other illicit drugs), use of trajectories, and the roles of socioeconomic features and deleterious life events occurring over the life course are studied among adolescents. Chau's research also includes social and gender inequalities and their determinants as well as the mediating confounding roles of covariates. These investigations have been conducted on general populations, working populations, adolescent populations, school-based populations, and patients with cross-sectional, longitudinal, and case-control studies. He published over three hundred and seventy papers and congress communications. Chau is the main responsible for the Lorhandicap Research Group and has reviewed sixty papers/books for twenty journals. He is listed in Who's Who in medicine and healthcare and Who's Who in the World 2009-2012.
Biography Updated on 5 March 2014