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Distinguished Speakers Seminar - Professor Nick Wareham

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Organised on behalf of the Seminars Committee of the Usher Institute by Professor Raj Bhopal, Bruce and John Usher Professor of Public Health, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics.

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Professor Nick Wareham
Director MRC Epidemiology Unit
University of Cambridge

http://www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/people/nick-wareham/


This seminar will run from 2.30pm to 4pm with refreshments available from 4.00pm to 5.00pm.


Balancing personalised and population health approaches to the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)

Individual level interventions have been shown to be efficacious in randomised controlled trials (RCTs) but the effectiveness of such approaches when applied in real world settings on a large scale is unclear. Furthermore, individualistic and personalised approaches may widen inequalities in health. Although the potential effectiveness of population-level interventions is considerable and they are likely to be more equitable, the type of evidence that supports such interventions is fundamentally different. Applying a linear model of evidence accumulation, review and translation into policy action invites inaction. Nick will argue for a reversion to more traditional public health approaches in which policy is formed on the basis of best available evidence but interventions are vigorously evaluated after implementation.

Type 2 diabetes is a global clinical, public health and societal problem, and is an excellent exemplar for the issues to be raised. This talk will use diabetes as a model of the challenges of finding an appropriate balance between different approaches to prevention at the individual and population level.




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