Mark A. Bellis

Liverpool John Moores University, Center for Public Health, Liverpool, UK

Professor Mark Bellis is Director of the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University, the North West Public Health Observatory, and the NICE (National Institute of Health and Clinical Evidence) National Collaborating Centre for Drug Prevention. He leads a team of academics and health professionals on national and international projects addressing alcohol and drug use, sexual behaviour, violence, and public health intelligence. Mark is a member of the Medical Research Council’s College of Public Health Experts and an expert advisor on drug prevention to both the United Nations (UNODC) and European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

In addition, Mark is the lead academic for the UK Drugs Focal Point and IREFREA - a European Union collaborative examining substance use (alcohol and drugs), sexual risk taking and prevention in young people across Europe. Professor Bellis is a board member of Alcohol Concern and a founder of Club Health, an international initiative sharing good practice on nightlife health. He has also worked with the Council of Europe on drugs, alcohol and violence and is currently working with the World Health Organization (WHO) on the prevention of alcohol-related violence as the English representative on the WHO Violence Prevention Alliance.

Professor Bellis is an active researcher in substance use, sexual health and public health intelligence and has published over a hundred peer-reviewed articles, books and reports.