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UCL International Institute for Society & Health to be launched

1 September 2005

The UCL International Institute for Society & Health (IISH) will be launched on 14 October 2005, followed by an address by the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

IISH is a unique interdisciplinary collaboration of leading academics working on health and society in a global context. Its aim is to conduct research, review evidence, and advocate and develop action for improving the health of populations globally, in developed and less-developed countries. Its mission is to take action on the social determinants of health, to provide solutions to global health problems, and to improve the health and wellbeing of all, especially the poorest.

IISH will link UCL's strengths in biotechnology, medicine, the humanities and the social sciences, in order to tackle the problems of global health. It will be guided by the core values of social justice, sustainable human development and global commitment.

The launch, at UCL from 12-5pm, will bring together acclaimed international speakers and internationally recognised researchers from UCL, together with representatives from policymaking institutions from the UK and abroad.

It will be followed by the UCL International Health & Medical Education Centre/Lancet Lecture, in the Institute of Education at 6pm, given by the Director-General of the WHO, Dr Jong-Wook Lee. The lecture, 'Turning the tide: Tackling the human resources crisis', will be on the subject of healthworker migration, giving a strategic perspective on the workforce crisis currently undermining progress in health worldwide. He will discuss the investments to be made, the system performance issues to be addressed and the equity imbalances to be redressed.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception and poster presentation. The posters will showcase work being done on global health by students and academics at UCL, research institutes, non-governmental organisations and other bodies.

Alongside both events there will be a research symposium at UCL, on the mornings of 14 and 15 October 2005.

To find out more about the launch, contact the IISH.