2020 International Health Conference                             24th - 26th June 2020                                                     

The Invited Keynote Speakers for the 2020 International Health Conference include: 

Philip Clarke

Professor of Health Economics and Director, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford

Professor Philip Clarke is the Director of the Health Economics Research Centre (HERC) of the University of Oxford. He re-joined HERC in August 2018 after previous appointments at the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne in Australia. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) and an Academic in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. His research interests include developing methods to value the benefits of improving access to health care, health inequalities and the use of simulation models in health economic evaluation. Philip has been involved in the development of the UKPDS Outcomes Model, a health economic simulation model for type 2 diabetes.

Rajiv Chowdhury

Associate Professor in Global Health, University of Cambridge

Rajiv Chowdhury is Associate Professor in Global Health at Department of Public Health and Primary Care of the University of Cambridge. He is a qualified physician who did his MPhil and PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Cambridge. Rajiv leads the Global Health Research theme within the unit and is the lead Principal Investigator of several international research projects. His interests are in evaluating roles of environmental (e.g., diet and toxic metals) and their associated genetic factors that may influence the risk of chronic non-communicable diseases. Rajiv has received significant global media attention for his research on the fatty acids and heart disease (BBC, CNN, NY Times, Time Magazine, The Guardian), fatty acids and stroke (NY Times, The Times, The Australian, CBC News), vitamin D and mortality (Reuters, NY Times) and Global Health initiatives (Dhaka Tribune, BDnews24, Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, FAPESP Brazil). In 2013, Rajiv received the Bill Gates Senior Award for contributions to global health.

Cath Mercer

Professor of Sexual Health Science, University College London

A statistician and demographer by training, Cath Mercer is Professor of Sexual Health Science in the Institute for Global Health at University College London. Cath is best known for leading Britain’s National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, Natsal, one of the world’s largest and most reliable sources of scientific data on sexual behaviour, its drivers and health consequences. As such, Natsal data have been used to evaluate and inform a number of public health interventions and policies, e.g. HPV vaccination, teenage pregnancy, and relationship and sex education. Cath’s track-record of delivering high-quality research that informs and promotes evidence-based policy and practice in part reflects how stakeholder engagement underpins her work throughout the research cycle.

Julia Hippisley-Cox

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and General Practice, University of Oxford

Julia Hippisley-Cox is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and General Practice at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences of the University of Oxford. Prior to her appointment to Oxford, he held a similar position at the University of Nottingham.  In 2009 she was awarded the John Fry Award by the Royal College of General Practitioners. In 2013 she was awarded the Dr John Perry Prize for an outstanding contribution to NHS IT for her work developing the widely used www.openpseudonymiser.org too. Julia's research interests are very broad and include large scale clinical epidemiology, drug safety and the development of risk prediction algorithms using electronic databases from general practices. She is the co-founder of the QResearch database (www.qresearch.org) which is one of the largest clinical research databases worldwide. Since 2012, it has doubled in size to over 30 million patient records and is also linked to hospital, mortality & cancer data. She has developed and validated risk prediction algorithms for a range of diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer fracture, diabetes and other conditions. These tools are now widely used across the NHS.

Myra Hunter

Professor of Clinical Health Psychology, King's College London

Myra Hunter is Professor of Clinical Health Psychology at King's College London. She is interested in people’s experience of physical symptoms and have developed and evaluated cognitive behavioural interventions for physical symptoms in the areas of women's health, cardiology and oncology. Her cognitive behaviourally based, brief interventions can effectively reduce the impact of premenstrual and menopausal symptoms, without the need for medication. These interventions are now being made more widely available to women going through the menopause transition and women who have had breast cancer, as well as to men who experience hot flushes following endocrine treatment for prostate cancer.

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