Philippe Autier was born in Brussels, Belgium, and received a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a diploma in tropical medicine from the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp in 1983. He started his professional life by joining the humanitarian non-governmental organization Médecins Sans Frontières, where he helped in Honduras (1985 and 1986), and later in Chad (1987-88) as the medical coordinator of projects conducted by a team of about 50 expatriates and 200 Chadian health workers. In 1988 he received a Fulbright fellowship with a grant from the Frank Boas Foundation to study at Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, where he was awarded an M.P.H. Philippe Autier is a leading figure in several fields including melanoma research and health technology assessment. In 2013 he was appointed as Professor at Strathclyde University. Philippe Autier is Vice President, Population Research, at the International Prevention Research Institute.