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Conference spotlights global health challenges

Posted on 25 September 2013

Some of the world’s most serious health challenges are the subject of a two-day conference opening at the University of York today (25 September).

The inaugural conference of the University’s Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders (C2D2) focuses on the themes of chronic infections and neurological and mental health disorders.  Over 200 researchers from departments across the University including sciences, social science, arts and humanities are expected to attend the event in the Ron Cooke Hub.

A keynote talk “The Global Health Impacts of Syndemics of Chronic Infection” will be delivered by Professor Merrill Singer, Professor of Anthropology and Public Health at the University of Connecticut.

The Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders was set up in October 2011 as an institution-wide virtual centre with the ambition of coordinating, promoting and supporting the diverse body of world-class research across the campus. C2D2 is funded with support from the Wellcome Trust.

As a centre, we strongly believe that the multidimensional challenges posed by chronic diseases and disorders across the world are best met by a multidisciplinary approach.

Professor Paul Kaye

“The study of chronic diseases and disorders transcends the traditional boundaries of science, medicine, social science and the arts and humanities,” said Professor Paul Kaye, Acting Director of C2D2.  “As a centre, we strongly believe that the multidimensional challenges posed by chronic diseases and disorders across the world are best met by a multidisciplinary approach.

“At York our work relates in one way or another to virtually every department and research centre at the University. C2D2 has provided more than a million pounds of funding for projects so far, tackling subjects as diverse as understanding how individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder relate to their environment and possessions, and the development of a blood test for early diagnoses of lung cancer. The conference is an opportunity to celebrate what has been achieved so far.”

The event also features an exhibition on the History of Tuberculosis produced by the University’s Centre for Global Health Histories and the premier of a digital art installation dramatising the chronic health issues of adolescents across the globe.

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