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PROF Rodrigo Marino


  • Milk fluoridation
  • Oral health epidemiology
  • Oral health in migrant groups (acculturation)
  • Sexual health



  • I have a dental degree from the University of Chile, and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. In 1992, I completed a residency program in dental public health at the Epidemiology and Oral Disease Prevention Program of the National Institute if Dental and Craneo-facial Research form the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda (NIH/NIDCR), Maryland, USA. In January 1997, I completed my PhD dissertation at the University of Melbourne.

    I am Principal Research Fellow at the CRC-OHS, The University of Melbourne. I previously worked as a Senior Lecturer at the School of Health, University of New England (Armidale, NSW), where I coordinated and taught, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, courses in Research Methods, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics. I have also been a consultant to the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization in Washington, DC.

    Since 2000, I have been successful in attracting 14 research grants, and two course development grants. These grants were to conduct research in the fields of gerontology, oral health, epidemiology, health promotion, higher education and public health, representing a total of over a million dollars. In addition, I obtained one publication grant. In the last ten years, I have (co)authored a total of 38 research papers published in national and international journals. All of these are prestigious Australian and international journals in the field of public health, dentistry and population oral health. I have participated in more than 30 international conferences.

    Most of my research activities have been highly independent in their conception, representing new areas of work and, at times, the first, as well as the largest surveys of oral health in migrants ever undertaken in Australia. As such, my research work has expanded the areas of expertise, reputation and international profile of the organizations involved (i.e., University of Melbourne, UNE, Dental He



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Additional Grant Information

  • Name of granting body: Borrow Foundation, UK
    Names of Recipients: Villa, MARIÑO
    Topic: Institutionalization of fluoridated milk programs for dental caries prevention in Chile
    Period of Grant: 1 March 2002 - 31 August. 2004
    Amount of Grant: Aus $ 175,000

    Name of granting body: Victorian Health Promotion Foundation
    Names of Recipients: Wright, MARIÑO, Minichiello, and Schofield
    Topic: Evaluation of community based oral health promotion program for migrant older adults.
    Period of Grant: 1 January 2000 - 13 December. 2002
    Amount of Grant: Aus $ 365,000.

    Name of granting body: University of New England, Faculty of Education, Health and Professional Studies (IRG)
    Names of Recipients: MARIÑO
    Topic: Social and cultural background of Australian and New Zealand dental students
    Period of Grant: 1 March 2002 - 31 December. 2002
    Amount of Grant: Aus $ 4,000.

    Name of granting body: Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria
    Names of Recipients: Wright, MARIÑO
    Topic: Trailing new areas of oral health promotion activity for Older Migrant Adults
    Period of Grant: 1 March 2002 - 31 December. 2002
    Amount of Grant: Aus $ 5,000.

    Name of granting body: Australian Research Council (ARC) Small Grants
    Names of Recipients: MARIÑO, Minichiello,
    Topic: Cross-national validation of a study on male sex workers
    Period of Grant: 1 January 2000 - 31 December. 2000
    Amount of Grant: Aus $ 3,000.

    Name of granting body: Australian Research Council (ARC) Small Grants
    Names of Recipients: Coulson, Rosewarne, MARIÑO
    Research Topic: The development of an instrument that examines older people’s knowledge and lifestyles practices in the prevention of vascular dementia
    Period of Grant: 1 January 2000 - 31 December. 2000



Education and training

  • N/A, University of Valparaiso 2007
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1997
  • MPH, University of Minnesota 1989
  • N/A, University of Pisa 1988
  • CD, University of Chile 1983



Available for supervision

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