Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The Socio-Economic Determinants of Health

The Socio-Economic Determinants of Health
University of Edinburgh - 4 September 2014 9AM until 5 September 2014 3PM
Pollock Hall Campus, John MacIntyre Centre, Prestonfield Suite

Dear colleagues,

We would like to inform you of an interdisciplinary conference on the "Socio-Economic Determinants of Health" organised by the Edinburgh School of Economics on September 4th and 5th, 2014.

The conference will gather researchers from various disciplines and will aim to address the following questions:
  • How does the socio-economic environment affect human physiology and health? How important is stress and how is stress related to the socio-economic environment?
  • What determines the sensitivity to stress factors and how malleable is it? How much scope is there to decrease the propensity to engage in unhealthy behaviours?
  • How do we measure stress?
  • What is the scope for policy intervention?
Twelve leading researchers have now confirmed their participation and each will give a 45 minutes presentation. The conference will end with a round table discussion.

Speakers include: Mauricio Avendano (LSE, Social Policy), Eric Brunner (University College London, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health), Tim Bruckner(University of California at Irvine, School of Social Ecology) Tarani Chandola (University of Manchester, Medical Sociology), Gabriella Conti (University College London, Department of Applied Health Research), Megan Gunnar (University of Minnesota, Institute of Child Development, Developmental Psychology), Carlijn Kamphuis(Erasmus University Rotterdam, Public Health), Sonia Cavigelli (Penn State University, Biobehavioural lab), Trent Smith (Otago University, New Zealand, Department of Economics), Jenny Tung (Duke University, Evolutionary Anthropology and Duke University Population Research Institute), Debra Umberson (University of Texas at Austin, Department of Sociology) and  Ziba Vaghri (University of British Columbia, School of Population & Public Health)

The draft programme is attached and will be updated regularly on the Edinburgh School of Economics website.

To register, please visit Eventbrite

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Best wishes

Michèle Belot
Professor of Economics
University of Edinburgh
School of Economics

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