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Next Generation: Shaping the future of health research for women, children & young people

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There are around 10 million preventable deaths each year for newborns, children, adolescents and women. Each death is a personal tragedy and a missed opportunity. This event will explore next generation research priorities that will have a significant impact on shaping the health of women, children and adolescents worldwide in the SDG era, based on a review of a decade of LSHTM research.

This event, hosted by the MARCH Centre at LSHTM, marks the launch of the MARCH report 2018- 22 (aligned with the School strategy) and will ask:

If we want to impact the health of women, children and young people in 5-10 years, what shifts in research and education do we need to make now, given the time lag from research idea to policy and practice?

We will have a robust discussion on how to shift from survive, to thrive? what does transform mean? What are the big “science” questions or is it all implementation research? How can we do more inter-sectoral research? Which high-burden geographies or issues are being left out? What issues do we need more work on? Why are we moving slowly in developing the next generation of research leaders in this field?

During the event we will be:

Looking back at our current portfolio of research across the whole of LSHTM on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health. What are the research strengths and gaps?

Looking around at the breadth, depth and global reach of our research and record of bringing evidence to action, influencing policy, and collaborating across sectors.

Looking forward at what is the next generation of research on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health? Where should future research priorities lie and how can we bridge current research gaps? How can we move faster to develop the next generation of research leaders in this field?

Introductory talks from Professor Peter Piot and Professor Joy Lawn followed by a panel discussion including high level experts from outside the School chaired by Dr Jocalyn Clark, Executive Editor at The Lancet.

Panellists and discussion title TBC.

We strongly encourage researchers, students, global policy influencers, international partners, donors and funders to attend this event, which will be followed by a drinks and networking reception.

About the MARCH Centre

The Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH) at LSHTM launched in 2009 and aims to improve women’s children’s and adolescents’ health worldwide. MARCH members include over 200 researchers spanning a range of expertise and disciplines across the lifecycle. The work of the Centre is organized by three themes: A (adolescents and young people), B (births) and C (children). MARCH researchers lead on over 140 studies on every continent and across sectors, and the Centre has a strong record of influencing global policy and a wide network of partners.


This event is available to watch live, here


Free and open to all. Entry is on a first come, first serve basis. Registration is required.


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