April event

Snow’s Legacy: Epidemiology Today and Tomorrow

John Snow's map showing deaths from cholera in Broad Street 1854This two-day conference provided a contemporary evaluation of Snow’s legacy and explored developments in epidemiological methods and their application in disciplines within and beyond the health sciences.

A conference gala dinner took place at the Wellcome Trust on 11 April with after-dinner speaker Jon Snow, Channel 4 newscaster.

Thursday 11 April 2013

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT

10.00 Registration/Coffee
Session I: Introduction Chair: Peter Piot, Director, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
11.00 Welcome
Peter Piot, Director, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
11.10 Epidemiology: Broad Street to broad view
Paul Fine, Professor of Communicable Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
11.30 The singular science of John Snow
Nigel Paneth, University Distinguished Professor, Departments of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Pediatrics & Human Development, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University; John Snow Biographer
Lunch
Session II: Epidemiology today Chair: Shah Ebrahim, Professor of Public Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
14.00 The causes of epidemiology
Cesar Victora, President of the International Epidemiological Association; Professor of Epidemiology, Federal University of Pelotas, Brasil
14.30 Aetiology: inferring causes
Ken Rothman, Distinguished Fellow, Research Triangle Institute, North Carolina
15.00 The communication of risk
David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge
Coffee
Session III: Update on John Snow themes Chair: Ros Stanwell Smith, Honorary Secretary, John Snow Society
16.00 Cancer, Viruses and Causality in the 21st Century: When shoe-leather epidemiology meets molecular biology
Patrick Moore, Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Pittsburgh
16.30 Hygiene: the foundation of public health
Val Curtis, Director, Hygiene Centre, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
17.00 Cholera: from the Ganges to Soho to Haiti
David Heymann, Chair, Public Health England; Head of Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security
17.30 “Installation” of the pump in John Snow Hall
Dilys Morgan, Head, Department for Gastrointestinal, Emerging and Zoonotic Infections, Health Protection Directorate (Colindale), Public Health England
19.00 Dinner at the Wellcome Trust
After dinner speaker: Jon Snow, Channel 4 newscaster
Host: Jimmy Whitworth, Head of International Activities, Wellcome Trust

Friday  12 April 2013

09.00 Arrival
Session IV: Transmission and spread Chair: John Edmunds, Dean of the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
09.30 Treating violence as an epidemic disease
Gary Slutkin, Founder and Executive Director of CeaseFire, Professor of Epidemiology and International Health, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
10.00 Epidemiology of financial networks
Robert May, Professor Lord May of Oxford, UK Government Chief Scientific Advisor 1995 – 2000
Coffee
Session V: Intervention Chair: Peter Smith, Professor of Tropical Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
11.00 From burden to action: implementing trials of mental health interventions
Vikram Patel, Professor of International Mental Health and, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
11.30 Interpreting large-scale randomised evidence
Richard Peto, Co-Director, Clinical Trials Service Unit, University of Oxford
12.00 So it actually works – what now?
Ian Roberts, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Lunch
Session VI: Epidemiology beyond health Chair: Richard Smith, Dean of the Faculty of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
14.00 Epidemiology, crime and criminality
Richard Wortley, Head, UCL Department of Security and Crime Science; Director Jill Dando Institute, University College London
14.30 Opportunities and challenges of trials in education research
Carole Torgerson, Chair in Education, School of Education, Durham University
15.00 Epidemiology, randomized trials, and the search for what works in economic development
Angus Deaton, Professor of International Affairs, and Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Princeton
Coffee
Session VII: Access to electronic databases – epidemiology goes digital – Panel and debate Chair: Jon Snow, Journalist, Channel 4 News
16.00 The argument for greater access
Mark Walport, Director Wellcome Trust, 2003 – 2012; UK Government Chief Scientific Advisor 2012 -
16.15 The legal and ethical perspective
Jonathan Montgomery, Chair of Nuffield Council on Bioethics, Professor in Heath Care Law, Southampton Law School
16.30 Clinical perspective
Jane Anderson, Director, Centre for the Study of Sexual Health and HIV, Homerton Hospital, London
16.45 Audience participation
17.30 Lancet announcement
Richard Horton, Editor, Lancet
18.13 Closure
18.58 John Snow Pub

These meetings are hosted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Wellcome Trust, in collaboration with the International Epidemiological Association, the John Snow Society, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Centre for History in Public Health.

Image: Map showing deaths from cholera in Broad Street, Golden Square and the surrounding area from 19 August – 30 September 1854. From John Snow’s ‘On the mode of communication of cholera’ (2nd edition, 1855). Credit: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Archive.

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT

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