The first lecture, which took place in London earlier this month, focused on public health.
The event featured keynote lectures from Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England; Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the Institute of Health Equity at University College London; and Professor Cyrus Cooper, Director and Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Southampton’s Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit.
Fiona Dalton, Chief Executive of University Hospital Southampton, says: “It was a real pleasure to be here; it was very exciting to hear national and international experts, from Southampton and elsewhere, talk about how we can work together, what the challenges are but also the opportunities to really improve public health.”
“There were three outstanding talks, and a diverse audience, including both local public health stakeholders and senior figures from the world of medicine,” says Paul Roderick, Professor of Public Health, who joined the group for a panel discussion on how the University is influencing public health and driving cross-sector collaboration.
“I think this event was a great success in terms of profiling Southampton; Cyrus’s talk on the MRC Epidemiology Unit really showed the strength Southampton brings to public health, notably in tackling both childhood obesity and bone fractures,” adds Professor Anne Rogers, Professor of Health Systems Implementation, who was also on the panel.
The next events in the Health and Healthcare Lecture Series include, Adolescent and preconception health in July, ‘Precision diagnosis and targeted treatment of asthma’ in September, ‘Changing the face of cancer’ in October’ and ‘Stepping up to the challenge of dementia’ in November.
To view a video of the public health lecture, and for more information on the University’s Health and Healthcare Lecture Series, visit www.southampton.ac.uk/publiclectures