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Announcing the first of a series of high profile seminars showcasing national and international research on the determinants of health inequalities relevant to UK public health and social scientists.

International Seminar Series 2008: first speaker Professor Dave Leon, Thursday 31st January 2008.

posted on: Jan 31, 2008

We have a series of high profile seminars showcasing national and international research on the determinants of health inequalities.
The first seminar will be given by Professor Dave Leon, Professor of Epidemiology, Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, entitled:
“Alcohol, smoking and mortality: it could be worse .....”
The countries of the former Soviet Union have life-expectancies that are considerably lower than those seen in Western Europe. Moreover, there have been spectacular fluctuations in working age mortality over the past two decades. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including a large case-control study of premature mortality 2003-5 conducted in a city in the Urals, this seminar will consider the key role of alcohol and smoking in explaining mortality in Russia and other former-Soviet countries. Trends and levels of mortality in Scotland and a few other Western countries will be briefly presented by way of contrast.

The event is on Thursday 31 January 2008, at 4.30pm, in the Wolfson Medical School Building (Seminar Room 1 - Yudowitz) and will be followed by a wine and nibbles reception in the Atrium. For details of how to get there, click here.

This event is free but advance registration is required. To register, email the following details to

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Future speakers include Prof Richard Wilkinson (13/03/08), Prof Yoav Ben-Shlomo (01/05/08), Prof David Barker (27/11/08), Prof Ichiro Kawachi (11/12/08) and Prof Johan Mackenbach (to be confirmed).
Please click here for poster advertising the event, which you may wish to print out and display.

For further information please contact the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit on 0141 357 3949 or email

We look forward to seeing you at the event.