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UCL Populations and Lifelong Health Domain Symposium - The future health of the public: Towards transdisciplinary research

UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (GMT)

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UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain Symposium

The future health of the public: Towards transdisciplinary research

Tuesday 17 January 2017

Venue: UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Online registration for this event is now closed.

For those who have not managed to register online, it is worth coming to the venue on the day as you should still be able to gain entrance to the event. Whilst it is likely that there will be 'no shows', there is obviously no way of us knowing for sure, so we are not able guarantee you admittance on the day. 



This one-day conference, organised by the UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain, will showcase transdisciplinary research taking place at UCL in population health. Talks are planned on a diverse range of themes including healthy cities, digital health and antimicrobial resistance.

The event will provide an opportunity to hear from funders about their plans for the future funding of transdisciplinary research and there will be time for discussions with funders, users of funded research and plenty of opportunity to network with colleagues and build new collaborations.

We are also holding an abstract competition for early career researchers (see definition in instructions below) around the themes of each session (healthy cities, digital health and antimicrobial resistance). 

Please see the programme and full abstract competition guidelines below.

The deadline for submitting abstracts has now passed. 

Let us know you’ve reserved your place or tell us what you’re most looking forward to seeing at the event by tweeting us @UCL_SLMS using the hashtag #PopHealthSym 

A certificate of attendance is available to all attendees via UCL Life Learning for the purpose of recording learning hours. Please contact Jessica Grant after the Symposium if you would like a certificate. Please note, this is not an accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event but the learning hours can be logged as part of your CPD record.




09.30-09.40 Welcome and introduction by Professor Dame Anne Johnson
Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Chair, UCL Population and Lifelong Health Domain, and Vice Dean for External and International Relations 

Session one - How can we build healthy cities?

Chair: Professor Yvonne Rydin
Professor of Plannng, Environment and Public Policy, UCL Bartlett School of Planning 


Professor Michael Davies
Professor of Building Physics and Environment, and Director, UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE) 


Professor David Osrin
Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science and Professor of Global Health, UCL Institute for Global Health

How can we (re)build healthy cities?

Early Career Researcher: Dr Evangelia Chrysikou
Marie Curie Fellow UCL, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL Faculty of the Build Environment
The social invisibility of mental health facilities: identifying exclusion through facade comparison


Early Career Researcher: Dr Jens Kandt
Research Associate, UCL Department of Geography
Characterising the social and spatial context of urban health: towards an advanced geodemographic framework


Early career researcher: Marios Poullas 
PhD Student, Clinical Epidemiology, Nutrition and Biostatistics, Population, Policy and Practice Programme, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
The association of El Niño Southern Oscillation with intra- and inter- generational changes in the height and weight of people born in India


Networking and poster exhibition


Session two - What is the future of digital health?

Chair: Professor Rachel McKendry
Director of i-sense, and Professor of Biomedical Nanotechnology, London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL

  Andrew Eland
Engineering Director, DeepMind Health

Digital health and patient safety

Early career researcher: Dr Polina Brangel 
Research Associate, London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL
Serological surveillance of human ebola virus survivors using a novel smartphone-based point of care test

Early career researcher: Dr Jo Gibbs 
Research Associate and Honorary Consultant, UCL Research Department of Infection and Population Health
An integrated eSexual Health Clinic System: from diagnostics to online management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV

Early career researcher: Maximilian Kerz 
PhD Student, Lead Developer of the RADAR-CNS Front-end Ecosystem, Dept. Biostatistics & Health Informatics, King’s College London 
Towards remote detection of psychotic relapse in Schizophrenia patients, using wearables


Lunch and poster exhibition 


Session three - How can we work across the disciplines to defeat antimicrobial resistance?

Chair: Professor Susan Michie
Director, UCL Centre for Behaviour Change 


Professor Sharon Peacock
Professor of Clinical Microbiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UCL & Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Why interdisciplinary networks are needed to tackle drug-resistant infections

Early career researcher: Harriet Gliddon 
Postdoctoral Research Associate, London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL
It’s all in the genes: engineering novel diagnostic tests for infectious diseases based on the detection of whole blood gene expression signatures


Early career researcher: Monika Muzslay 
Research Scientist, Environmental Research Laboratory, University College London Hospitals
Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamase (ESBL) producing Gram-negative organisms in the healthcare environment as a source of genetic material for resistance in human infections


Early career researcher: Patrick Rockenschaub 
Research Assistant, Infectious Disease Informatics, UCL Institute of Health Informatics 

Evaluation of linked patient-level diagnoses and dispensing data for antibiotic research and surveillance in English secondary care


Networking and poster exhibition


Session four - How can policy makers, practitioners and researchers best work together?

Chair: Professor Graham J Hart
Dean of the UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences

Professor Jonathan Valabhji
National Clinical Director for Obesity and Diabetes, NHS England

Professor Paul Cosford
Director for Health Protection & Medical Director, Public Health England (PHE)


Dr Helen Walters
Public Health Consultant Advisor, NETSCC (NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre)

  Professor Sir John Holman
President, Royal Society of Chemistry, and Emeritus Professor, University of York  
  Panel and participant discussion

Session five - What are the opportunities for funding across disciplines?

Chair: Dr Celia Caulcott
UCL Vice-Provost (Enterprise)

  Dr Mary De Silva
Head of Population, Environment and Health, Wellcome Trust
  Dr Joe McNamara
Head of Population Health, Medical Research Council (MRC)
  Dr Annette Bramley
Head of Healthcare Technologies, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  Christine McGuire
Section Head, Science Research Evidence, Department of Health
  Rebecca Fairbairn
Head of Longitudinal Studies, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 
  Panel and participant discussion
16.45-16.55 UCL Excellence in Health Research Prize - winning papers
16.55-17.05 Prize presentations
Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research)
17.05-17.10 UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain Early Careers Network
17.10-17.15 Closing remarks by Professor Graham J Hart
Dean of the UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences

Networking drinks reception

Abstract Competition Guidelines:

  • The deadline for submitting abstracts has now passed. 
  • Submitted abstracts will be scored by the UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Symposium Organising Committee. The top-scoring nine applicants will be invited to present their research to the 250-strong Symposium audience. The other selected applicants will be invited to create a poster of their abstract to display during the day. 
  • If you are one of the top-scoring six applicants, you will be notified by Friday 9 December and asked to prepare a presentation about your abstract for the Symposium. Your presentation must include PowerPoint slides.
  • If your abstract is selected for the poster exhibition you will be notified by Friday 9 December with further instructions for printing and submitting your poster. 
  • All posters MUST be printed in portrait and must not exceed A1 size (59.4 x 84.1cm).
  • The winners of the poster and presentation competitions will then be announced and rewarded at the end of the Symposium, before the drinks reception. 


Many thanks to our sponsors for their generous support


UCL Faculty of

Population Health Sciences






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When & Where

UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street
WC1N 1EH London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (GMT)

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UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain

The UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain brings together researchers and practitioners across UCL and beyond, to explore the factors that determine health and disease in populations, and to develop, test, and measure the impact of interventions and service improvement to enhance the health and wellbeing of the public, and reduce inequalities in health status.

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