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Global Health

This conference gave a global perspective on issues relating to health, including what we know of medical science today, what we can expect in the future and how where you are born influences your chances of survival. It included lectures and seminars from several UCL departments, exploring the issues from different perspectives.

You might be interested in this conference if you are currently studying:

  • Geography
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Government and Politics
  • Sociology
  • Psychology

Global Health lectures and seminars

Migrant Health

School of Slavonic & East European Studies / Arts & Sciences

Opening Lecture

Patterns of migratory movement have an impact on both individual health and public health and this impact is most apparent when migrant health and public health are understood to include psychological and social factors. The ability of a migrant to integrate into a host society is based on combined mental, physical, cultural and social well-being. Absence of physical ill-health is not by itself sufficient for successful integration in a host society. However, the structural inequalities experienced by migrants have a significant impact on overall health and well-being. Migration health therefore goes beyond the traditional management of diseases among mobile populations and is intrinsically linked with the broader social determinants of health and unequal distribution of such determinants.

Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic

UCL School of Pharmacy

Lecture & Seminar

Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus are related diseases that are sweeping the World in epidemic proportions. There is little doubt that this is the result of increased intake of a high calorie fast food diet coupled to the 'thrifty genome' that has been advantageous in human evolution. This seminar/lecture will explore the causes of, and therapies for, this global epidemic.

Bio-artificial Organs - Elixir of Life

UCL Division of Medicine

Lecture & Seminar

“Two pints of milk, a bunch of flowers, and a new liver, please”

The prospect of receiving new organs on demand seems fanciful, but in reality medicine is getting tantalizingly closer each year. 

Around 1000 people die every year in the UK while waiting for a donor organ. For those that are lucky enough to receive a new organ, the wait can be as long as three years. 

Huge resources are being invested in techniques that promise lab grown bio-artificial organs that can eliminate organ shortages worldwide. These techniques are not only applicable to vital organs – the heart, the liver etc. but also to ears and noses and other tissues that may have been damaged through disease or injury.

This session will discuss recent progress in these techniques and how much still has to be done, and will also look at the morality of issues such as testing these treatments on animals.

The Amazing Brain

UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

Lecture & Seminar

How does the human mind work? This question was studied for centuries, going as far back as the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. Fast forward to the 21st century and we are still struggling to find the answers. This talk discusses the wonderful workings of the human brain and why we have been asking the wrong questions to find out how it actually works.

Fighting Pandemics

UCL Biochemical EngineeringLecture & Seminar

Lecture & Seminar

Flu kills around 40,000 people a year in the EU. And thats a relatively mild form of the disease which mainly affects the very old or young and those with medical conditions. But every so often, a unique mutation occurs which creates a pandemic version of the virus. This version can infect everyone. No one will be protected and the entire worlds population is at risk. However, there is a way to stop the disease in its tracks and thats with a vaccine. A vaccine can protect people against pandemic flu - the only question is. Can we make it out in time? We will cover the biology of the flu virus, how a flu vaccine is made and the challenges engineers face in fighting pandemics.

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