World Congress of Epidemiology 7-11th August 2011. Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland.
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We are delighted to announce the following presenters have confirmed to speak under the following conference themes:

Open Ceremony

John Snow LectureProfessor George Davey-Smith
Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, and Scientific Director of ALSPAC & MRC CAiTE Centre at the University of Bristol.

Dr Claudia Stein
Director, Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation, World Health Organization

1. Global Problems
(economic inequality, climate change, food supply, poverty, population changes)

Reddy Professor K Srinath Reddy
President, Public Health Foundation of India

Prof. K Srinath Reddy, as President of the Public Health Foundation of India, is playing a major role in strengthening training, research and policy development in the area of Public Health in India. Formerly head of the Department of Cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Professor Reddy is a leading international authority in preventive cardiology.  He has worked to promote cardiovascular health, tobacco control, chronic disease prevention and healthy living across the lifespan.  Srinath Reddy has served on many WHO expert panels and chairs the Science and Policy Initiatives Committee of the World Heart Federation. He is presently chairing the High Level Expert Group constituted by the Government of India for developing a framework for Universal Health Coverage in India. Professor Reddy chairs the Core Advisory Group on Health and Human Rights for the National Human Rights Commission of India and is also a member of the National Science and Engineering Research Board of Government of India.  Recently appointed as the first Bernard Lown Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, Srinath Reddy is also an adjunct professor of the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.
zatonski Professor Witold Zatonski
Director of the Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Division, Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology, Warsaw.
Lopez Professor Alan Lopez
School of Population Health, Queensland University, Australia

2. Cutting Edge Methodology
(causal analysis, genetic epidemiology, meta-analysis, hard to reach groups, interventions in resource poor countries)

Hofman Professor Albert Hofman
Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam

Albert Hofman, MD, PhD (Bert) received his medical degree from the University of Groningen (1976) and did a PhD thesis in clinical epidemiology at Erasmus University in Rotterdam (1983). In 1988 he was appointed as chairman of the Department of Epidemiology at Erasmus University, and since 1992 he is scientific director of the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences. In 1998 he was appointed professor of Epidemiology (adjunct) in the Department of Epidemiology of the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Mass.
Greenland Professor Sander Greenland
Professor of Epidemiology, UCLA School of Public Health, Los Angeles
Sir Richard Peto

Professor Sir Richard Peto
Professor of Medical Statistics & Epidemiology at the University of Oxford, Co-Director of the Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit, UK

Professor of Medical Statistics & Epidemiology at the University of Oxford. Since 1985, he and Rory Collins have been co-directors of the CTSU. Professor Peto's work, in collaboration with others in the CTSU, has included studies of the causes of cancer in general, and of the effects of smoking in particular, the conduct and inperpretation of large-scale prospective studies, and the establishment of large-scale randomised trials, and meta-analyses of trials, of the treatment of heart disease, stroke, breast cancer and several other diseases. He has been instrumental in introducing combined 'meta-analyses' of results from related trials that achieve uniquely reliable assessment of treatment effects. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (for the introduction of meta-analyses) in 1989, and was knighted (for services to epidemiology and to cancer prevention) in 1999.

3. Chronic Diseases and Underlying Causes

Khaw KT Khaw
University of Cambridge, School of Clinical Medicine, UK
Vadakan Professor Dr Nuntavarn Vichit-Vadakan, Dr.P.H.
Dean: Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Faculty of Public Health, Thammasat University, Thailand
Arora Dr Narendra K. Arora
MD FAMS Executive Director, INCLEN and CHNRI, India will deliver a plenary session on Convergence of Economics with Health: A Case for Chronic Diseases Prevention in Low and Middle Income Countries
Barker Richard Doll Lecture - Professor David Barker
David Barker FRS is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Southampton, UK, and Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University, USA. Twenty years ago he showed for the first time that people who had low birth weight are at greater risk of developing coronary heart disease and diabetes. This is now widely accepted. It has led to a new understanding that chronic adult diseases, including certain cancers, are "programmed" by malnutrition in the womb. Dr. Barker's work is relevant around the world. In the Western world many babies are malnourished because their mothers eat diets that are unbalanced and monotonous, or because their mothers are either overweight or excessively thin. In the Third World many babies are malnourished because their mothers were chronically undernourished when they were young. Dr Barker has lectured and written extensively on nutrition in the womb and its life-long consequences.
Li Professor Liming Li
Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, China

4. Neglected Conditions
(tropical diseases, infectious disease, mental health, violence, disasters)

Detels Robert Cruickshank LectureProfessor Roger Detels
Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles
Alan Fenwick Professor Alan Fenwick
Professor Alan Fenwick is Director of the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative and Professor of Tropical Parasitology at Imperial College. Prior to establishing the SCI in 2002 he worked on schistosomiasis research and control in Tanzania, Sudan and latterly in Egypt.
Professor Fenwick continues to promote the control of NTDs in Africa and regularly returns to the countries in which SCI is active. Recently SCI has joined as technical assistance partner in the Yemen country-wide schistosomiasis control programme. In 2010 SCI was awarded a DFID contract to deliver 75 million treatments against schistosomiasis and intestinal helminths in Africa.

Alan has championed the control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, and his work has been recognised in UK by the award of an OBE in 1988, in Burkina Faso where he is a “Chevalier” and Niger where he received the Gold Medal of Honneur. He was recognised by his peers when the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene awarded him the Donald McKay medal in 2004. In 2008 the SCI, Imperial College was awarded the Queens Anniversary Prize for excellence.
Michael Marmot Professor Sir Michael Marmot, UK
Michael Marmot has led a research group on health inequalities for the past 30 years. He is Principal Investigator of the Whitehall Studies of British civil servants, investigating explanations for the striking inverse social gradient in morbidity and mortality. He leads the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and is engaged in several international research efforts on the social determinants of health. He chairs the Department of Health Scientific Reference Group on tackling health inequalities. He was a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution for six years. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy. In 2000 he was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen for services to Epidemiology and understanding health inequalities. Internationally acclaimed, Professor Marmot was a Vice President of the Academia Europaea, and is a Foreign Associate Member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM). He was Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health set up by the World Health Organization in 2005: ‘Closing the Gap in a Generation’. Professor Marmot won the Balzan Prize for Epidemiology in 2004, gave the Harveian Oration in 2006 and won the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research in 2008. At the request of the British Government, he conducted a review of health inequalities, which published its report 'Fair Society, Healthy Lives' in February 2010. He has now been invited by the Regional Director of WHO Euro to conduct a European review of health inequalities. Sir Michael was elected President of the British Medical Association (BMA) 2010-2011.

5. Epidemiology and Policy
(challenges in meeting needs of policy makers and impacting on policy)

Robert Beaglehole Professor Robert Beaglehole
was Professor of Community Health at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Between 2004 and 2007 he directed the World Health Organization ’s Department of Chronic Disease and Health Promotion. He is now co-director of International Pubic Health Consultants and an Emeritus Professor of the University of Auckland.
Robert Beaglehole Professor Sally McIntyre
MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow.
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