PublicHealth@Cambridge Research Network Launched

The University of Cambridge public health research Network PublicHealth@Cambridge was formally launched on Monday March 25th 2013, drawing together expertise in all aspects of population health across the arts, humanities, social and physical sciences, technology and biomedicine.

At the Sainsbury Laboratory in the University Botanical Gardens, more than 100 participants from around Cambridge gathered to hear the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, outline his vision for the public health research network in helping to ensure that Cambridge becomes synonymous with public health in the future. The Network Chair, Professor Carol Brayne introduced the Network in more detail followed by talks highlighting public health interests in engineering, architecture, infectious disease, demography, philosophy and behavioural science as well as the work of the Centre for Science and Policy and the PHG Foundation in enabling better links between research and policy. Lively discussions throughout the afternoon demonstrated the potential for exciting new research collaborations linking different sectors and disciplines.

For anyone who could not attend the event in person, please find below the event programme, videos of the presentations and pictures of the event.


Introduction and Welcome

Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz

Professor Carol Brayne, Chair of PublicHealth@Cambridge Network

Session 1: Chair Professor Peter Jones, Department of Psychiatry

Professor John Clarkson, Department of Engineering. “Engineering Safe Systems.”

Professor Alan Short, Department of Architecture. “Sustainable Hospital Design.”

Professor Derek Smith, Department of Zoology. “WHO Collaborating Centre for emerging infectious diseases.”

Rob Doubleday, Centre for Science and Policy, and Hilary Burton, PHG Foundation

Session 2: Chair Professor John Forrester, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

Professor Emily Grundy, Department of Geography. “Demography of Ageing.”

Dr Stephen John, Department of History and Philosophy of Science. “It all depends what you mean by public.”

Professor Theresa Marteau, Behaviour and Health Research Unit. “Changing Behaviour in Populations.”

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