• MRC-PHE Centre Annual ISAB Meeting
    Centre members
    08 May, 2017
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    Monday 8th May all day:

    09:00 – 09:30      Registration and refreshments (Anatomy Museum, Level 6, King’s Building)

    09:30 – 12:55      Morning Plenary Session for Centre members - Chair Frank Kelly (Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Level 6, King’s Building)

    09:30 – 10:00      Welcome, Introduction and Overview – Paul Elliott

    10:00 – 10:15      Discussion

    10:15 – 11:15      Training Programme (including PhD studentships and Early-Career Fellowships)

    10:15 – 10:30      Overview of the Centre Training Programme – Fred Piel

    10:30 – 11:05      Five-minute presentations from Centre PhD students/Fellows

    • Cord blood metabolic signatures of birthweight - Oliver Robinson
    •  Air Pollution: should microplastics be considered an atmospheric pollutant - Joseph Levermore
    • Identifying biomarkers of Exposure leading to Lung Cancer and CVD with Adductomics - Sonia Dagnino
    • Relations of environmental and nutritional risk factors to cardiovascular health in China - Li Yan
    • Seasonal dynamics of mortality in the United States from 1982 to 2013 - Robbie Parks

    Questions (10 minutes)

    11:05 – 11:15      Researchers’ Society – Anna Freni Sterrantino

    11:15 – 11:45      Refreshments break (Anatomy Museum, Level 6, King’s Building)


    11:45 – 12:55      Update on results from selected projects

    11:45 – 12:05      Pathway perturbation and meet-in-the-middle in the EXPOsOMICS project – Paolo Vineis

    12:05 – 12:15      ‘Omics signatures of the early life exposome in HELIX – Muireann Coen

    12:15 – 12:25      Mechanisms of carcinogenesis – Volker Arlt

    12:25 – 12:35      Impacts of London's road traffic air and noise pollution on foetal growth – Mireille Toledano

    12:35 – 12:45      Modelling of public health impacts of different climate policies in the UK – Martin Williams

    12:45 – 12:55      Ultrafine particles in EXPOsOMICS: personal monitoring, exposure assessment, and health – John Gulliver

    12:55 – 14:30      Poster Session and Buffet Lunch (K4U.12, 4th Floor, King’s Building, Strand Campus )

    14:30 – 16:45      Afternoon Plenary Session for Centre members - Chair Professor Paul Elliott (Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Level 6, King’s Building)

    14:30 – 14:45      Patient and Public Engagement/Involvement – Ian Mudway & Mireille Toledano

    14:45 – 16:45      Planned Research Areas (15 minute presentations including questions)

    14:45 – 15:00      Impact of air pollution on mental illness in early adulthood – Sean Beevers

    15:00 – 15:15      Applying GWAS to prioritise compounds in untargeted metabolomics for Mendelian Randomization studies – Abbas Dehghan

    15:15 – 15:30      (title tbc) – Elaine Holmes

    15:30 – 15:45      Bayesian modelling for chronic disease surveillance – Marta Blangiardo

    15:45 – 16:00      Metabolic signature of atherosclerosis  – Ioanna Tzoulaki

    16:00 – 16:15      Diesel Mitigation Study – Ian Mudway

    16:15 – 16:45      Open Discussion

    17:00 - 18:00      Annual Distinguished Guest Lecture (Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Level 6, King’s Building)

    Speaker: Professor Frans Berkhout

    Title: Planetary Health: making sense of the research and policy opportunities

    18:00 - 18:45      Drinks reception - (K4U.12, 4th Floor, King’s Building, Strand Campus )


  • MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health Annual Guest Lecture 2017
    Professor Frans Berkhout
    08 May, 2017
    Anatomy Lecture Theatre, K6.29
    King's College London
    Level 6, King's Building
    King's College London Strand campus, Strand
    WC2R 2LS
    United Kingdom
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    We are pleased to welcome Professor Frans Berkhout as the Speaker for our Annual MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health Guest Lecture 2017.

    Welcome will be given by Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Vice-Principal for Health.

    17:00 - 18:00 Lecture will be followed by a Drinks Reception to 18:45.

    All are welcome to join us.


    Planetary Health: making sense of the research and policy opportunities

    The Rockefeller-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health (2015) launched an ambitious new framework for understanding the complex and global interactions between global health and well-being, and environmental change and risks. Planetary Health, defined as ‘…the health of human civilisation and the state of the natural systems on which it depends’ seeks to integrate health and environment research and policy at a fundamental level. Looking at the burden of disease worldwide, a substantial proportion of this is either directly or indirectly influenced by environmental risks. Achieving many global health goals depends on improvements in environmental quality and the sustainable management of environmental systems and services, while much of the justification for action on environmental change, including climate change and biodiversity protection, depends on health co-benefits. The challenge now is to make sense of the very broad agenda which the Planetary Health concept offers, and to make some choices about where the most significant research and policy opportunities appear to lie. The talk will set out the Planetary Health concept and discuss some key challenges for research and policy which emerge.


    The Rockefeller Foundation– Lancet Commission on planetary health. Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch.

    Sarah Whitmee, Andy Haines, Chris Beyrer, Frederick Boltz, Anthony G Capon, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Alex Ezeh, Howard Frumkin, Peng Gong, Peter Head, Richard Horton, Georgina M Mace, Robert Marten, Samuel S Myers, Sania Nishtar, Steven A Osofsky, Subhrendu K Pattanayak, Montira J Pongsiri, Cristina Romanelli, Agnes Soucat, Jeanette Vega, Derek Yach.

    Lancet 2015; 386: 1973–2028. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60901-1




    Frans Berkhout is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy and Professor of Environment, Society and Climate in the Department of Geography at King’s College London. From 2013-2015 he was Director of the Future Earth programme, based at the International Council for Science (ICSU) in Paris. Before that, Prof Berkhout directed the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the VU University Amsterdam in The Netherlands, and led the Amsterdam Global Change Institute. Among other advisory roles, Professor Berkhout was a lead author in two Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2007 and 2014) and a member of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) of the UK Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). He is chair of UK Future Earth, a joint committee of four UK scientific academies. He sits on the editorial boards of Research Policy, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Current Opinion on Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, Energy Research & Social Science and The Anthropocene Review.

    His early research was concerned with the economic, political and security aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle and radioactive waste management. Over the last 20 years, his work has been concerned with science, technology, policy and sustainability, with a focus on climate change. His main academic contributions have been to the understanding of innovation in socio-technical systems and adaptation to climate change impacts by organisations.

  • Joint EBS-RS Seminar: How to get published in Nature and its sister journals
    M. Giuseppina Baratta, Associate Editor, Nature Communications
    04 May, 2017
    Roger Bannister Lecture Theatre
    Imperial College, St Mary's Campus
    Norfolk Place
    United Kingdom
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    Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (EBS) postdocs and the Centre’s Researchers’ Society have jointly organised a seminar on "How to get published in Nature and its sister journals". The seminar is targeted at PhD students and early career researchers, but all are welcome to attend. The seminar will be quite informal, and will hopefully include topics such as an overview of the Nature editorial group, review process, statistics about the rejection/acceptance process,  and the importance of cover letter. There will be lots of time for questions, and a drinks reception afterwards.

    Time: 4-5pm, with drinks to follow