Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme

Registration Open: 2019 Annual Lecture by Professor John Frank

2019 IHDP Annual Lecture: ‘Upstream and Downstream Prevention: Implications for the Control of the Obesity Pandemic’. Friday 14 June, Playfair Library, Edinburgh. 

We are delighted to announce that the 2019 Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme Annual Lecture will be delivered by Professor John Frank.


Friday 14 June 2019

Playfair Library, Edinburgh  


Please join us from 3.00 pm:

3.00 pm: Tea and Coffee

4.00 pm: Lecture

5.00 pm: Drinks Reception


Professor Frank holds a Chair at the University of Edinburgh in Public Health Research and Policy, is Director of Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact for the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics and is also Honorary Public Health Consultant to the Scottish Public Health Observatory. His broad research and professional interests - represented in 290 scientific publications over 35 years - concern the determinants of population and individual health status, especially the causes, remediation and prevention of socio-economic gradients in health. In 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh for his scientific contributions.


This year’s IHDP Annual Lecture will lay out the respective pros and cons of the ‘upstream’ and ‘downstream’ approaches to chronic disease control, as applied to nutritional disease outbreaks:


• The 1900-1940 pellagra epidemic in the US Old South which killed many thousands of Americans before it was controlled, despite a series of novel epidemiological studies by US Public Health Service investigator Joseph Goldberger. These studies clearly demonstrated the disease’s simple nutritional cause and its complete preventability by upstream measures

• Obesity - the quintessential example of a modern chronic disease pandemic. Much evidence points to the relative infeasibility of only using downstream prevention/treatment as an approach to control it but the precise target of more upstream control efforts remains elusive. Current scientific hypotheses are explored as to why the obesity pandemic started when it did and what would be required to successfully control it.


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