About the Authors

Colin Mathers

mathersc@who.int

Affiliation Department of Health Statistics and Informatics, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Ties Boerma

Affiliation Department of Health Statistics and Informatics, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Competing Interests

CM and TB are collaborating with IHME in carrying out the Global Burden of Disease 2005 study. The related papers discussed in this Perspective were work carried out by IHME to inform the GBD 2005.

Author Contributions

ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: CM JTB. Wrote the first draft of the paper: CM. Contributed to the writing of the paper: JTB.