2020 International Health Conference                             24th - 26th June 2020                                                     

The Invited Keynote Speakers for the 2020 International Health Conference will be Announced Shortly.

The Invited Keynote Speakers for the 2019 included:

Dr Susanna Dunachie

Department of Tropical Medicine, Oxford

Susanna Dunachie is a Clinical Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Physician conducting research on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and the interaction between diabetes and global infection. Since 2011 she has established a research programme in Thailand on the host respone to bacterial pathogens including Burkholderia pseudomallei (melioidosis), Orientia tsutsugamushi (scrub typhus) and Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB), based at the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok. Through this work she developed a special interest in the interaction between diabetes and global infections including melioidosis, TB and dengue. Prof Dunachie is now the clinical microbiologist for the Global Burden of Disease Antimicrobial Resistance project (GBD-AMR) which is an Oxford-based collaboration with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at University of Washington in Seattle. This project, which is funded by The Fleming Fund, The Wellcome Trust and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks to collect and share data to map and estimate the global burden of morbidity and mortality caused by AMR.

Professor Martin Knapp

Personal Social Services Research Unit, London School of Economics and Political Science

Martin Knapp is Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is also Director of the School for Social Care Research, a position he has held since the School was established by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in 2008. His main research interests are in the areas of social care, child and adult mental health, dementia and autism, with much of his work using economic arguments and evidence to inform policy discussion and influence practice development.


Professor Paul McCrone

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London

Professor Paul McCrone is a health economist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London), where he has worked for 26 years after having previously worked at the University of Kent. Currently he is Director of King’s Health Economics. He has worked on a large number of economic studies in health and social care. Currently he is involved in evaluations in psychiatry, neurology and palliative care. He also teaches health economics to Masters level students, supervises PhD students, and has published widely in peer-reviewed journals. He is also involved in policy discussions around health funding and is Co-Director of the NIHR-funded Mental Health Policy Research Unit.

Professor Jill Manthorpe

King's College London

Jill Manthorpe is Professor of Social Work at Kings’ College London and Director of the NIHR Health and Social Care Workforce Research Unit. She is also an Associate Director of the NIHR School for Social Care Research Her research interests span homelessness, health and social care. Jill is involved in regular policy analysis and advice. She is the author of many research publications covering health and social care, and a member of research funding panels. She has been a Non-Executive Director (NED) of three NHS Trusts, and is currently a Trustee of two charitable bodies, one providing care services, the other open source intelligence. Jill is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, of the Academy of Social Sciences, of Skills for Care, and the SR Nathan Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore.

Professor Rafael Perera

Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Science, University of Oxford

My main activity is as Director of the Statistics group in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences (NDPCHS) which I joined in 2002. I am involved in a number of research activities within the department; however my main focus is the study of Monitoring for the management of long-term conditions (e.g. Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, etc).

I have overseen the development of one of the strongest methodological/statistical groups in the UK (across all clinical areas) with a particular emphasis on Monitoring, with my group achieving national and international recognition [NIHR Progress Report 2008/09-Delivering Health Research]. As part of this, I am the Statistical director of our fully accredited Clinical Trials Unit (only 55 units have received full accreditation in the UK).

I sit on a range of national and international panels and boards that influence healthcare policy at different levels (funding boards, steering groups, data monitoring boards, etc.).  I am also a Statistical Editor of the BMJ (since 2011) and was a member of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Commissioning board until 2012, joining in 2007 as Associate Member becoming a full Board Member in 2009. 

I am also Director of Research Methodologies in the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM) as well a fellow at St Hugh’s college Oxford.

Professor David Hunter

Institute of Health and Society

David Hunter, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Institute of Health & Society, Newcastle University, August 2017-July 2018.  A graduate in political science from the University of Edinburgh, David undertakes research on aspects of public health policy and practice, including partnership working and health system transformation.  He lectures and publishes widely on these topics and his most recent book (2016) is a second edition of The Health Debate, first published in 2008 by Policy Press.  David is an Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. From 2004-2009, he was Chair of the UK Public Health Association.  He is a Wolfson Fellow in the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing and Senior Fellow of the Global Policy Institute, Durham University. 

David Hunter was previously Professor of Health Policy and Management at Durham University from 1999 until 2017.  He was director of the Centre for Public Policy and Health (CPPH) in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health until the School’s transfer to Newcastle University in August 2017.  The Centre was designated a WHO Collaborating Centre on Complex Health Systems Research, Knowledge and Action from 2014 until 2017.   David was Deputy Director of Fuse, the UKCRC Centre for Translational Research in Public Health from 2008 to 2016, and is lead investigator for its complex systems research programme. He was a member of the executive group of the NIHR School for Public health Research from 2012 to 2017.  David was a non-executive director of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) from 2008 to 2016. He was an Appointed Governor of the South Tees NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust from 2009 to 2016 representing Durham University.  Between 2009-2014 he was a member of the NIHR SDO Commissioning Board and then its successor the Health Services & Delivery Research Commissioning Board. 

From 1989 to 1999, David was Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Leeds, and was Director of the Nuffield Institute for Health at Leeds for most of this time. Prior to that, he was at the King's Fund Institute in London between 1986 and 1989 and the University of Aberdeen from 1982 to 1986.

University of  Birmingham

Professor Mark Exworthy a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. He  has previously held posts at Southampton University, London School of Economics (LSE), University College London (UCL), Oxford Brookes and Royal Holloway University of London. He was also a Harkness Fellow in health care policy, based at University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) (funded by the Commonwealth Fund of New York). Mark is also currently a Visiting Professor at the University of California-San Francisco. His interests lie on he decentralisation in health care organisations, implementation relating to policies to tackle health inequalities and managerialism in healthcare organisations.

Professor Ellen Nolte

Professor of Health Services and Systems Research, LSHTM

Ellen Nolte is Professor of Health Services and Systems Research at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She holds a PhD from London University and a Master’s degree in public health (MPH). Her expertise is in health systems research, international health care comparisons and performance assessment. Over the past decade she has developed an internationally recognised research portfolio around innovative service models that seek to better meet the needs of people with complex and long-term health problems, with a particular focus on care coordination and integration within and across sectors. She has published widely on health systems, integrated care, European health policy and population health assessments both in the international peer-reviewed literature and the wider literature. She is co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Health Services Research & Policy. Ellen was previously head of London Hubs of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and Director of the Health and Healthcare Policy programme at RAND Europe, Cambridge, UK.

Professor Ian Kessler

Professor of Public Service and Management, King's College London

Ian Kessler is Professor of Public Policy and Management at King’s College, London. Over the years he has been involved in various research projects on aspects of employment relations in British public services, including studies on employee voice and pay and reward in the British public services. Most recently, he has been researching nurse support and the re-structuring of the nursing workforce. He has co-authored two books: one on healthcare support roles, the other on employment relations in the public sector under New Labour. He has advised the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the Staff Side of the NHS Staff Council, the Police Federation, the Audit Commission and the National Audit Office. He is a deputy director of the Department of Health and Social Care Policy Research Unit on the Health and Social Care workforce.

Professor Patrick Maxwell

School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge

Professor Patrick Maxwell is currently Regius Professor of Physic and Head of the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge. He graduated from Corpus Christi College, Oxford, in 1983 with First Class Honours in Physiological Sciences. Subsequently, he did his clinical training at St Thomas’ Hospital where he won the Mead Medal in Medicine and the Cheselden Medal in Surgery.The principal thrust of his research is in transcriptional control of genes by oxygen. He has worked on this for over twenty years, initially in Oxford and then as Professor of Nephrology at Imperial College before moving to UCL in 2008 as Professor of Medicine and then Dean of Medical Sciences. His research programme has received substantial national and international recognition and has considerable potential for translation into new therapies for patients.In 2003 with three other scientists, he set up ReOx, an Oxford University spin-out company which ultimately aims to develop medicines from these discoveries.Professor Maxwell is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge.

The Regius Professor of Physic is Head of the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge and Director of Cambridge University Health Partners, the Academic Health Sciences Centre for Cambridge.

Professor Elio Riboli

Imperial College

Elio Riboli holds an M.D. degree and an MPH from the University of Milan and a MSc in Epidemiology from Harvard University. His career started at the National Institute of Cancer in Milan. In 1983 he joined the International Agency for Research on Cancer of WHO. In 1990 he initiated the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC), a large population-based cohort designed to investigate the role of diet, nutrition and metabolic factors in the aetiology of cancer and other chronic diseases. In 2006, he moved to Imperial College where he became the first Director of the Imperial School of Public Health (2008-2017) and continued his research in the field of nutritional epidemiology of cancer. He has contributed to the development of international collaborative projects between large cohorts and has extended his interests into the role of behavioural and metabolic factors in NCDs and life expectancy. He has contributed to over 900 publications.

Professor Craig Moran

Kings College London

Craig Morgan is Professor of Social Epidemiology and Head of the Health Service and Population Research Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He has previously held a MRC Special Training Fellowship in Health Services Research, and completed his PhD in Social Psychiatry, at the Institute of Psychiatry. His research is focused on social and cultural influences on the onset, course and outcome of mental disorders, particularly during adolescence, and he has led multi-country programmes on these topics, funded by, among others, the MRC, Wellcome Trust, and European Union. He has published over 150 academic papers on these topics, and edited two books, Society and Psychosis, published by Cambridge University Press, and Principles of Social Psychiatry, published by Wiley-Blackwell. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.

Professor Andrew Farmer

Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Science, University of Oxford

Andrew Farmer worked as a full-time primary care physician for seventeen years before taking up a teaching and research role alongside clinical practice in 2001. He was appointed to his current post of Professor of General Practice at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, in 2010. He works as an associate general practitioner at the South Oxford Health Centre and is a Research Associate of the Oxford Diabetes Trials Unit. 

His research is focused on delivering improvements to the care of people with long-term conditions, including diabetes. His work to improve the self-management of diabetes in general practice includes the best use of blood glucose monitoring, supporting people in their use of medication, and evaluating mobile health devices and apps. Areas of methodological expertise include clinical trials, complex intervention development, and behaviour change and health economics. He has collaborates with colleagues in southern Africa in developing and evaluating digital health interventions. 

Professor Farmer has involved service users and carers in designing and carrying out research for over fifteen years. He was the founding Clinical Director of the NIHR Thames Valley Diabetes Clinical Research Network. He was also the founding Director of the Oxford Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit. He has chaired a number of research funding committees including in his current role as a Committee Chair in the UK NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme.  

Professor Bertha Ochieng

Professor of Integrated Health and Social Care, De Monfort University

Bertha Ochieng is Professor of Integrated Health and Social Care at De Montfort University. She has extensive experience of health and social care provision as a clinician, an academic and as a researcher working with community groups and health and social care providers. Her academic and research focus is on improving health and social care through the provision of quality education and research that provides positive results to marginalised and social disadvantage populations throughout the life span. Bertha’s strengths are in developing solutions for addressing the health and social care needs of socially disadvantaged populations and building relationships with community groups and practitioners in the health and social care sector. Her work has resulted in collaborations with diverse teams, comprising of, voluntary sector organisations, academics, NHS Trusts and social care teams locally, nationally and internationally. Her research portfolio includes three broad themes: community empowerment and engagement, engaging health and social care providers to identify framework and digital solutions that support development of integrated models of health and social care and knowledge transfer activities for health and social care workforce

Professor Paul Aveyard

Professor of Behavioural Medicine, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

Paul Aveyard is a practising GP and professor of behavioural medicine at the University of Oxford, UK.  His work has mostly been on the topic of tobacco control but has developed a programme of research in weight control, which draws on what we know about effective tobacco control.  He leads a team that researches individual-level interventions that have potential for mass reach and population-level interventions.  He is a former president of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine and has worked with policy makers and NICE to support implementation of research findings.

Professor Monica Lakhanpaul

Professor of Integrated Community Child Health,

GOS Institute of Child Health

Professor Lakhanpaul gained her doctorate in Paediatrics and Child Health in 2003. In 2012, she joined the UCL GOS Institute of Child Heath (ICH) as Professor of Integrated Community Child Health. In 2016, she was appointed Head of Population, Policy and Practice Department in the ICH and in October 2018 was appointed Pro Vice Provost South Asia for UCL.

Professor Lakhanpaul now leads a multi-disciplinary translational research group with particular . Her research falls under four main themes: 1) Applied Translation of Evidence Into Policy and Practice; 2) Improvement Science with a particular focus on partnership production with parents, patients and health professionals as well as co-production with communities to develop tailored health interventions); 3) Conditions including asthma,epilpsy the acutely sick child, nutrition and disability); and 4) Inequalities in Health. She conducts research programs with a cross-sector, multi-disciplinary, structured and collaborative approach from clinical trials to participatory methods including public engagement and working with the arts and humanities to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and transform services for patients both in the United Kingdom and India.

She co-founded the cross-sector HEEE Platform (Health Education Engineering and Environment) and was Program Director for Children and Young People, UCL Partners Academic Health Sciences Network. She also holds posts as Deputy Theme Lead for Collaborations in Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care – North Thames and has been recognised as the founding clinical director for the National Collaborating Centre of Women and Children’s Health and was awarded Asian Women of Achievement Award.

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