Institute for Global Health


Global Health Day



As we move from the Millennium Development Goals to a focus on Sustainable Development, global health initiatives will require renewed energy for reshaped problems.

On 18 April 2016, the inaugural Global Health Day celebrations highlighted the breadth of 'Global Health in Action' - both here at UCL and further afield - embracing the mix of priorities, disciplines and ideas needed to shape the future of our global communities.

A keynote lecture was delivered by the new Chief Scientific Adviser of DFID Professor Charlotte Watts, and the global health day competition showcased important global health research and innovations from PhD students and early career researchers from across UCL. 

  • 10:30am - 12:30pm: Global Health Day Competition Entries (South Cloisters, Wilkins Building). 
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm: Keynote Lecture (Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building)

Chair: Professor Ibrahim Abubakar (Director, UCL Institute for Global Health)

Speaker: Professor Charlotte Watts (Chief Scientific Advisor, DFID)

  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm: Reception and Awarding to Winners (South Cloisters, Wilkins Building). 
Professor Charlotte Watts' Biography

Charlotte Watts

Professor Charlotte Watts is Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department for International Development, where she is Director of the Research and Evidence Division. Charlotte is a global research expert in violence and HIV research, with 20 years experience of leading multi-disciplinary research programmes to inform how to address women's vulnerability to violence, and to HIV infection. Prior to her secondment to DFID she founded and led the Gender, Violence and Health Centre, and established the Social and Mathematical Epidemiology Group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Senior research roles include serving as Chair of the Expert Working Group to Assess the Global Burden of Inter-Personal Violence; principal investigator on three cluster randomized controlled trials to assess the impact of different models of intimate partner violence prevention in sub-Saharan Africa: lead editor on the Lancet Series on Violence Against Women; and Core research team member for the WHO 10-country study on Women's Health and Domestic Violence. Charlotte has a PhD in mathematics from the University of Warwick, is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a foreign associate member of the US National Academy of Medicine. She has over 190 peer review publications and book articles, and has served on Expert Consultations for UNAIDS, WHO, the World Bank, UNESCO, UNICEF, and the US Institute of Medicine.

Global Health Day Competition & Abstracts

Thank you to all those who entered the Global Health Day competition, which showcased work by PhD students and early career researchers from across UCL. The winners were:

Posters: 1ST PLACE: Daniel Strachan / 2ND PLACE: Isaac Ghinai / 3RD PLACE: Lu Gram

Multimedia: JOINT 1ST PLACE: Geordan Shannon and Elisa Pineda

People's Choice Award: Elisa Pineda

View all submitted abstracts

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