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Health on a Changing Planet

Humanity is facing multiple environmental threats, including climate change, loss of biodiversity and widespread pollution. These pose major risks to health and development. This lecture will outline the potential effects of environmental change and the responses to protect health.


About the speakers: 

Prof Sir Andy Haines is the Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health with a joint appointment in the Dept of Public Health, Environments and Society and in the Dept of Population Health. Andy was previously the Director (originally Dean) of LSHTM for nearly 10 years up to October 2010, having previously been Professor of Primary Health Care at UCL between 1987-2000. He also worked part-time as a general practitioner in North London for many years.

Dr Pauline Scheelbeek is an Assistant Professor in nutritional and environmental epidemiology. Her work focusses on quantifying the impact of environmental change on food availability, nutrition and health under different future scenarios. She currently works as health lead within the Wellcome Trust funded Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS) project and recently started a project on Food system Adaptations in Changing Environments (FACE-Africa) together with the MRC Unit in the Gambia. Before joining the School, Pauline obtained a PhD degree from Imperial College London and worked as epidemiologist for MSF and the Royal Tropical Institute in various countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia. Pauline is a STEM ambassador and organises public engagement events in (primary) schools.   

Dr Antonio Gasparrini is a biostatistician and epidemiologist with interests in methodology, applied research in various epidemiological and public health topics, and software development. Antonio graduated in in Biology at the University of Florence in 2003, then completed a MSc in Biostatistics at the University of Bologna in 2005 and a 3-years post-graduate School of Biometry and Medical Statistics at the University of Milan in 2009. He was awarded a PhD on Medical Statistics at LSHTM in September 2011. He worked as an epidemiologist and statistician at the Centre for Study and Prevention of Cancer (CSPO) in Florence, before joining LSHTM in 2007. Since then, Antonio has been part of the Department of Medical Statistics and currently of the Department of Public Health Environment and Society.

Cami Moss is a Research Fellow and staff PhD candidate researching the links between UK diets, food and agriculture, and biodiversity impacts within the Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS) project. Cami has also supported the multi-sectoral Sustainable Undernutrition Reduction in Ethiopia programme evaluation led by the Ethiopian Public Health Institute. Prior to joining LSHTM, she worked as a nutrition manager for the World Food Programme, and have managed vitamin A and maternal micronutrient supplementation programmes in Asia and Africa.


The lecture will be recorded by the multimedia team and made available on the LSHTM Vimeo website.


Open to all, seats available on first come, first served basis.