LSHTM 120 keynote lecture: Alumni on the frontline of innovation
2019 marks the 120th anniversary of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine's foundation. To mark this momentous occasion, we are celebrating 120 years of health innovation throughout the 2019-20 academic year.
To improve health for all, the global health community must continue to challenge the status quo by applying new, ground-breaking ideas and tools that create new possibilities and enable us to better reach those in need. And LSHTM alumni are doing that every day.
Join us for a very special event to launch the anniversary celebrations with a series of TED-style talks from a range of prestigious alumni who will share their personal journeys of innovation in health.
Chaired by Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, we are delighted to announce our dynamic alumni speakers:
Chris van Tulleken is an infection doctor at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases and an associate professor at UCL in the Division of Infection where his research focuses on conflicts of interest. Over the last decade Chris has presented some of the BBC's flagship series about health and medicine including the BAFTA winning Operation Ouch on CBBC. Chris took the Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene at LSHTM in 2006.
Freddy Abnousi is Head of Healthcare – Research at Facebook and an Interventional Cardiologist specialising in coronary and structural interventions. He also serves as Innovation Advisor to the American College of Cardiology, Adjunct Professor at the Stanford School of Medicine, and Assistant Adjunct Professor at Yale School of Medicine. He has previously led innovative healthcare efforts at companies such as McKinsey and Google, and has served as Founder and CMO of CorDynamix Inc., an interventional heart failure company. He completed his MD at Stanford University School of Medicine, MBA from Oxford University, and MSc in Health Policy, Planning & Financing from LSHTM and the LSE.
Jennifer Dixon is Chief Executive of The Health Foundation. Previously Jennifer has held roles such as Chief Executive of the Nuffield Trust, Director of Policy at The King’s Fund and Policy Advisor to the Chief Executive of the NHS. Jennifer has undertaken research and written widely on healthcare reform both in the UK and internationally. Originally trained in medicine, Jennifer practised mainly paediatrics, prior to a career in policy analysis. She has an MSc in Public Health and a PhD in health services research from LSHTM.
Sir Simon Wessely is Professor of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London. He is a Consultant Psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital and the Maudsley Hospital. After studying medicine at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, he finished his medical training at University College, Oxford. Simon also has an MSc in Epidemiology from LSHTM. He has a long-standing interest in the boundaries of medicine and psychiatry, and in particular unexplained symptoms and syndromes. Simon established the Gulf War Illness Research Unit which later became the King’s Centre for Military Health Research.
Precious Lunga is Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Baobab Circle, a health technology company delivering innovative health solutions via phones across Africa. Previously she was at Econet Wireless where she co-founded the mHealth business unit using technology to deliver health services using mobile money micro-payments. Prior to that, Precious worked at UNAIDS, where she was involved in spearheading the implementation of HIV prevention programmes. She was also strategic advisor to the UK’s second largest charitable foundation, funding programmes across Africa and India. Precious has a first-class degree in neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh, a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Epidemiology from LSHTM.
Dorcas Gwata is a Public Health Specialist working in the Westminster Multi-agency Integrated Gangs Unit (IGU), providing physical and mental health support to young people and their families. Dorcas’s current research explores the links between youth violence, inequalities and mental health for minority groups in London. Dorcas is a Mental Health Advisor at THET, and has recently been awarded with the International Human Rights Award by the University of Surrey. In 2017 she was the face on the advertising posters for the UK National HIV Testing week. Dorcas mentors young graduates and is passionate about supporting more women of colour in leadership. Dorcas studied the MSc in Public Health at LSHTM.
Joanne Liu is the former International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Joanne trained at McGill University School of Medicine in Montreal. She holds a Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine from New York University School of Medicine and an International Master’s in Health Leadership, also from McGill University. Since she began MSF field work in 1996, Dr. Liu has undertaken over 20 missions, in Central Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East. Her operational contributions range from introducing comprehensive medical care for survivors of sexual violence, to developing a telemedicine platform connecting doctors in remote areas with medical specialists worldwide.