Sci Soc Nov 2017

Developing health for a sustainable future

5:30pm - 7:00pm / Tuesday 21st November 2017 / Venue: Victoria Gallery & Museum
Type: Lecture / Category: University / Series: Science and Society Lecture Series 2017
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With Professor Mark Hanson, British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiovascular Science, University of Southampton

In an unstable and rapidly changing world it is sometimes hard to see what investments in the future may be worthwhile. Health underlies human capital to a great extent, in terms of healthcare costs but even more in relation to its effects on economic productivity, societal functioning, and the wellbeing and longevity of the population. Moreover, health capital is passed from one generation to the next. Yet we face new health challenges globally, especially from non-communicable diseases but also from infectious disease and the damaging effects of urbanisation and environmental destruction.

Demographic changes exacerbate these challenges and Professor Hanson will examine the new developments in health.

Professor Mark Hanson is one of the UK’s leading researchers on developmental pathways to disease. He is current President of the International Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease and was a founder member and former secretary of the Society. He directs the University of Southampton Academic Unit of Human Development and Health in the Faculty of Medicine. Mark is particularly interested in the links between medical science and society and was a founder member of the Wellcome Trust’s Sci-Art panel. His recent popular science books include Mismatch – the lifestyle diseases timebomb (2006) and Principles of Evolutionary Medicine (2009) ans Fat, Fate & Disease (2012), all published by OUP.