World-renowned health inequalities expert Sir Michael Marmot presents at GCU

02 May 2017

World-renowned health inequalities expert Sir Michael Marmot presents at GCU

Sir Michael Marmot

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is delighted to announce that Sir Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Institute of Health Equity at University College London, will present a keynote speech at the annual GCU Research Day.

Sir Michael has led research groups on health inequalities for 40 years, supported by several prestigious research funders.

The Institute of Health Equity works to achieve greater global health equity through action on the social determinants of health and Sir Michael has led on several landmark studies, including a comparison of Japanese people in Japan with those in Hawaii and California, where, especially in later generations, disease patterns reversed due to lifestyle, stress and diet changes. He led the famous Whitehall Studies of British civil servants, again focusing on how disease patterns are associates with social gradient.

Sir Michael chaired the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2005, which produced the report entitled ‘Closing the Gap in a Generation’.  He also conducted the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England, which published its report ‘Fair Society, Healthy Lives’ in February 2010.

This was followed by the European Review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide, for WHO in 2014. He has served as President of the British Medical Association (BMA) in 2010-2011, and is President of the British Lung Foundation. 

He is an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians. He has honorary doctorates from 18 universities.

In 2000, he was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen for services to epidemiology and the understanding of health inequalities.

Sir Michael said: “I am so pleased to be invited back to Scotland and to Glasgow Caledonian University. I am excited by GCU’s research agenda of targeting so comprehensively the UN Sustainable Development Goals and, through that, the causes of ill-health and detriments in wellbeing which still blight society, domestically and internationally.”

GCU’s Vice-Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor Research Professor Cam Donaldson said: “We are delighted to be able to welcome such an internationally-renowned research leader as Sir Michael to our campus. Research at GCU aims to work towards solving real societal challenges, both close to home and further afield."

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