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Changing lives globally: technological innovation for health

Tuesday 12th June 2012 @ 19:00

Non-Member: £12.00 ; Staff: £5.00 ; Student: £3.00


Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham PC, KBE, Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery, Chairman, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London

How can we improve people's wellbeing and reduce health inequalities globally?

Lord Darzi will be talking about how the Institute of Global Health Innovation aims to improve people's wellbeing and reduce health inequalities in developed and developing countries. By harnessing Imperial’s inter-disciplinary and pioneering research strengths the Institute will work to overcome the greatest global health challenges  facing humanity.

Life expectancy has increased dramatically, lifestyle diseases such as obesity are rife, and non-communicable diseases such as diabetes are increasing in developing countries as well as in the West. We can’t just build more hospitals or buy more beds: the whole way in which we provide healthcare has got to change. The world is crying out for low cost, high impact technologies that can be employed widely across the globe.

Professor of Surgery, Chair for Institute of Global Health Innovation
Professor Darzi holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London where he is Head of the Division of Surgery. He is an Honorary Consultant Surgeon at Imperial College Hospital NHS Trust and the Royal Marsden Hospital and holds the Chair of Surgery at the Institute of Cancer Research. He was recently appointed as Chairman for the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College.

Published over 600 research papers
Research led by Professor Darzi is directed towards achieving best surgical practice through both innovation in surgery and enhancing the safety and quality of healthcare. His contribution within these research fields has been outstanding, publishing over 600 peer-reviewed research papers to date. In recognition of his outstanding achievements in research and development of surgical technologies, Professor Darzi was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Privy Councillor, Global Ambassador, Member of the House of Lords
He was knighted for his services in medicine and surgery in 2002. In 2007 Professor Darzi was introduced to the United Kingdom’s House of Lords as Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham and appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health. He relinquished office in July 2009 when he was appointed the United Kingdom’s Global Ambassador for Health and Life Sciences, and Chair of NHS Global as well as United Kingdom Business Ambassador, an appointment re-confirmed in 2010 by Prime Minister David Cameron. Lord Darzi was appointed as a member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council in June 2009.

Optionally followed by supper (this can be booked on the event booking form).
After the lecture a Friends' Table has been reserved at a local restaurant to entertain the speaker and for any of the audience who would like to join us to continue the evening's discussion. A two-course fixed price supper is served including wine, coffee and service charge.
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Venue: Lecture Theatre G16, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College Road SW7 2AZ

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