Carlo Marra

Research Scientist of Pharmacoepidemiology, BSc (Pharm), PharmD PhD



  • Dean and Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Research Interests

  • Health economics
  • Quality of life research
  • Pharmacoepidemiology

Dr. Marra earned his B.S. (Pharm.) degree in 1992, completed a hospital pharmacy residency at Vancouver General Hospital in 1993, and obtained a Pharm.D. in 1995, all from the University of British Columbia. From 1995 to 1999, he worked as a research pharmacist before enrolling in the Ph.D. program in Health Care and Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia.

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Dr. Marra is a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Pharmaceutical Outcomes. In addition, Dr. Marra holds Scholar Awards from the Canadian Arthritis Network and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. His main research interests have been in health economics, quality of life research, and pharmacoepidemiology. He has published more than 100 articles, book chapters, and research abstracts, and has received more than 2 dozen other awards for scholarship, research, and service.


  1. Marra CA, Marion SA, Guh DP, Najafzadeh M, Wolfe F, Esdaile JM, Clarke AE, Gignac MA, Anis AH. Not all “quality-adjusted life years” are equal. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology (in press March 2007).
  2. Ayas NT, Fitzgerald JM, White DP, Schulzer M, Fleetham J, Cooper, Marra CA. The cost-effectiveness of continuous positive airway pressure therapy for obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2006 May 8;166:977-84.
  3. Marra CA, Woolcott JC, Shojania K, Offer R, Kopec J, Brazier JE, Esdaile JM, Anis AH An assessment of the construct validity of four indirect utility measures in rheumatoid arthritis. Social Science and Medicine 2005;60(7):1571-82.
  4. Marra CA, Esdaile JM, Anis AH. Practical pharmacogenetics: the cost effectiveness of screening for thiopurine s-methyltransferase (TPMT) polymorphisms in patients with rheumatological conditions treated with azathioprine. Journal of Rheumatology 2002;29:2507-12. Abstracted by the 2004 Year Book of Rheumatology (published by Mosby-Year Book, Inc.)
  5. Marra F, Lynd LD, Coombes M, Richardson K, Legal M, Fitzgerald JM, Marra CA.  Does antibiotic exposure during infancy lead to development of asthma? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Chest 2006;129:610-18.