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Climate Change: a Hazard to Human Health?

July 1, 2010

Professor Andrew Haines

Professor Sir Andrew Haines, Director of the world leading London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, to deliver a Distinguished Visitor Lecture highlighting the latest research and scientific insights on health-related impacts of climate change.

Professor Haines will discuss the ways in which the changing climate can affect health, including the incidence and distribution of infectious diseases. He will also present the findings of the international task force of scientists that he chaired to assess the public health effects of strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

When: Friday 2 July 2010; 4-5pm

Where: Auditorium, Ministry of Health, 16 College Rd, Singapore

Professor Sir Andrew Haines is Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine – Britain’s national school of public health and a leading institution worldwide for research and postgraduate education in global health. He is in Singapore to meet with key government representatives, researchers and public health professionals.

In recent decades there have been pervasive environmental changes driven by population growth, global trade patterns and socioeconomic trends which have led to increased urbanisation, deforestation and the depletion of fisheries. Climate variability is well recognised to influence the incidence and distribution of a range of infectious diseases. This talk will discuss some of the evidence for the associations between environmental change and health, and the growing implications for public health.

This Distinguished Visitor’s Lecture is presented in partnership by the British High Commission and Singapore’s Ministry of Health.

Professor Sir Andrew Haines

Professor Sir Andrew Haines is a leading epidemiologist and health services expert. He became the Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in January 2001, having previously been at the Royal Free and University College Medical School. His research interests are in epidemiology and health services research focusing particularly on research in primary care and the study of environmental influences on health, including the potential effects of global environmental change. He is on a number of major international and national committees including the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Health Research of England, the Medical Research Council (MRC) Global Health Group and the MRC Strategy Group. He was a member of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and of the WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research.

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is Britain’s national school of public health and a leading postgraduate institution worldwide for research and postgraduate education in global health. Part of the University of London, the London School is the largest institution of its kind in Europe with a remarkable depth and breadth of expertise encompassing many disciplines. It is one of the highest-rated research institutions in the UK.

There are research collaborations with over 100 countries throughout the world, utilizing a critical mass of multidisciplinary expertise which includes clinicians, epidemiologists, statisticians, social scientists, molecular biologists and immunologists. At any one time over 100 School staff are based overseas, particularly in Africa and Asia.

UK-Singapore Partners in Science Distinguished Visitor’s Lecture Series

The Distinguished Visitor’s Lecture series is presented by the Science and Innovation team at the British High Commission Singapore, which is part of the UK Government’s global Science and Innovation Network (SIN). Their main areas of activity are to:
• Foster collaboration between scientists in the UK and Singapore;
• Report on research and technology developments in Singapore and the UK;
• Catalyse opportunities for UK-Singapore science and innovation (S&I) partnership

• Co-ordinate S&I activities across Southeast Asia.

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