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5th UCL Global Health Symposium: 15 July 2008

4 July 2008


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The UCL community is invited to the 5th UCL Global Health Symposium: Global Health Equity and the Commission on Social Determinants of Health, to be held on 15 July 2008. This is a joint symposium with the UCL International Institute for Society & Health.

Addressing health inequalities that can be avoided or remedied is a matter of social justice. This symposium will explore how inequalities in health within and between countries are a significant feature of the global health scene and how health inequalities can be tackled by action on the underlying social determinants of health.

The Commission on Social Determinants of Health was set up by the World Health Organisation to collate global evidence, raise societal debate and recommend policies, with the goal of improving health and reducing health inequalities between groups.

A major thrust of the commission is turning public-health knowledge into political action. There is clear evidence that national policies make a difference, but these policies must not be confined to the healthcare system.

How to address the conditions in which people grow, live and work has relevance for law, political science, engineering, biomedicine, anthropology, economics and, indeed, most of the disciplines at UCL.


  • Welcome: Professor Malcolm Grant, UCL President and Provost
  • Chair: Professor Anne Johnson, Co-Director of UCL Institute for Global Health and Head of the Division of Population Health
  • Speaker: Professor Sir Michael Marmot (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health)
  • Panel members: Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research), Professor Pascoe Pleasence (UCL Laws) and Dr Stanley Okolo (UCL Medical School)
  • Tuesday 15 July 2008, 5-6.30pm
  • Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1, Cruciform Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
  • Drinks will follow

Image: Professor Marmot (copyright Hartmut Nägele)

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