March event

Cholera posterMapping disease: John Snow and Cholera

To celebrate John Snow’s 200th birthday, a public lecture with author and journalist Sandra Hempel was held on 15 March. Guests also enjoyed a Broad Street birthday cake and sang happy birthday to Dr Snow!

On 16 March, an all-day scientific symposium uncovered the medical history around cholera and looked at historical aspects of Snow’s work.

Friday 15 March 2013 – Public lecture

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

Reception

18.00
Welcome
Baron Peter Piot, Director, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Cholera in London
Sandra Hempel, Journalist and Historical Writer, Author of ‘Medical Detective’ and ‘The strange tale of the Broad Street pump: John Snow and the mystery of cholera’
Thanks
Professor Pat Buffler, President-elect, International Epidemiology Association
19.00

Saturday 16 March – Scientific meeting

09.00 Registration/Coffee
Chair: Virginia Berridge, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
09.30 John Snow’s concept of Cholera: the Revolution beyond Epidemiology
Christopher Hamlin, Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA; Visiting Professor, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
10.15 The image of John Snow
Jan Vandenbroucke, Professor of Epidemiology, University of Leiden; Academy Professor of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
11.00 Coffee
Chair: Shah Ebrahim, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
11.30 ICDDR,B – a history of cholera research
Alejandro Cravioto, Chief Scientific Officer, International Vaccine Institute, Seoul, South Korea; former Director, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B)
12.15 Cholera vaccination 1894: the first controlled medical trial
George Davey Smith, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology; Director of the MRC Centre for Causal Analyses in Translational Epidemiology, University of Bristol
13.00 Lunch
Chair: Sandy Cairncross, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
14.30 William Budd on cholera
Michael Dunnil, Emeritus Fellow, Merton College, Oxford
15.15 John Snow, hero of cholera, RIP
Tom Koch, Adj. Professor of Medical Geography, University of British Columbia
16.00 Coffee
16.30 Waves of transmission
Gordon Dougan, Head of the Microbial Pathogenesis group, Wellcome Trust Sangar Institute, Cambridge; Visiting Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
17.15 Thanks and close of meeting
Professor Pat Buffler, President-elect, International Epidemiology Association

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 and the Centre for History in Public Health.

Image: Printed cholera notice, 1866. Credit: LSHTM Library & Archives

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