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09:30 - 13:00 3 May 2018

Public engagement with population health science - Launch event: UCL Centre for the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents


Kennedy Lecture theatre | Wellcome Trust Building, Institute of Child Health (link Map)
30 Guilford Street | London | WC1N 1EH | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Ticketed and Pre-booking essential

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Elizabeth Pisani, Ternyata, Elizabeth is an infectious disease epidemiologist who is interested in the way scientific evidence intersects with politics, culture and human behaviour. From studies of HIV among drug injectors, sex workers, gay men and others, she learned that science will always be better and more relevant if scientists get out of the lab and engage with society. Pisani does this enthusiastically. She initiated Foreign Bodies, Common Ground, a Wellcome Collection exhibition, is a regular speaker at TED and writes popular books and articles. Song of Contagion, her collaboration with the Grand Union Orchestra, will be performed at Wilton's Music Hall. She has an MA in Classical Chinese, an MSc in Medical Demography and PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiolog
David Osrin, UCL, David is Professor of Global Health at UCL and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science. Based in Mumbai since 2004, his urban health research collaboration with SNEHA (www.snehamumbai.org) links programs to improve the survival and health of women and children with descriptive research and controlled trials. Within the broad remit of urban health, he is particularly interested in complex social interventions and research ethics, and in the meeting of art and science in public engagement around health issues. He co-directed Dekha Undekha, a project in which artists from informal settlements created works responding to local health concerns, and the Dharavi Biennale, a large project involving a series of participatory worksh
Delan Devakumar, UCL, Delan is a Clinical Lecturer with expertise in clinical paediatrics, humanitarian medicine and public health. He works on a range of topics related to child and adolescent health, including nutrition, humanitarian crises and conflict, migration, mental health, advocacy and ethics. He has conducted two public engagement projects in Nepal, on household air pollution using art and child marriage using film. Delan currently works in Brazil, Lebanon and South Asia on projects investigating the long-term health consequences of conflict and disaster, violence and mental health in women, children and adolescents, and the mental health and wellbeing of adolescent refugees.
Mary Wickenden, UCL, Mary is a medical anthropologist with an interest in disability and the experiences of people with disabilities and their families in diverse cultural contexts. She is particularly interested in developing inclusive and participatory research practices and methodologies. Her research projects with disabled children and adults have been mainly in South Asia and South/East Africa. Current research interests include participatory and inclusive methodologies, community understandings of disability and chronic conditions, relationships between disability and poverty, participatory evaluation of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), sexuality/sexual abuse of disabled people, wellbeing of unpaid family carers, inclusive health and research and mai
Jennie Gamlin, UCL, Jennie is a Wellcome Trust Society and Ethics research fellow, and medical anthropologist, based at the UCL Institute for Global Health since 2004. She is a member of the IGH Centre for Gender and Global Health core team, honorary fellow for the UCL Institute of the Americas and department of Anthropology, as well as Mexico's CIESAS Anthropology research institute. She has lived for extended periods in Mexico doing research with and about indigenous and marginalised communities. Her recent ethnographic research explores how social structures such as gender and race inequalities affect maternal health. She is also more widely researching the concepts of violence, masculinities and gender from a political economy perspective and is developing
Therese Hesketh, UCL, Therese trained in paediatrics and public health in the UK, and has worked as a clinician, educator and manager in several countries, including China, Indonesia, Myanmar, India, the Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Tanzania, and Uganda. In recent years her focus has been on China, where she has specialised in conducting large epidemiological studies and interventions across a range of population health topics. Her ongoing research in China includes interventions to improve psychosocial outcomes for left behind children, behavioural interventions to reduce antibiotic misuse, intimate partner violence, interventions to improve the well-being of home-based carers of the elderly and violence against health workers, She has just started a health res
Joanna Morrison, UCL, Joanna works with local partners in Nepal to build research capacity and increase understanding of the issues affecting women and children's health, and the retention of rural health workers. She is also part of a research consortium working with partners in Malawi, Bangladesh and India to research Maternal and Child Survival. She is interested in using participatory approaches to research and development, conducting process evaluations to understand the results of outcome evaluations, and specializes in qualitative research methodology.

The UCL Centre for the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents aims to improve the health of women, children, and adolescents in low-, middle-, and high-income countries through inclusive engagement with community members, healthcare providers, academics, and policymakers. Our launch event will begin with a keynote from Dr Elizabeth Pisani. We will go on to combine images and discussion of public engagement activities in communities in China, India, Mexico, Nepal, and the UK, addressing concerns such as inequality, disability, antimicrobial resistance, air pollution, sanitation, mental health, and child marriage. Please join us if you have an interest in public engagement with health science through co-creation of graphics, film, music, sculpture, installations, websites, debates, and festivals: all are welcome.


David Osrin


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