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Society and Health

                 2006/07 PUBLIC SEMINAR SERIES
                                    You are invited to attend
                    Tuesday 27th February 5.00 pm

                      Professor Sir Michael Marmot
                      MBBS, MPH, PhD, FRCP, FFPHM, FMedSci
                 Director: International Institute for Society and Health
            MRC Research Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL

   ‘Knowledge, Agency, Action: The Commission on
           Social Determinants of Health’
Health is not simply an instrument for the purposes of other social functions – it is an end in
itself. The development of society, rich or poor, can be judged not only by the quality of its
populations’ health, but by the fair distribution of health across the social spectrum.

The Commission on Social Determinants of Health focuses on the fundamental structures of
social hierarchy and the socially determined conditions these create in which people grow,
live, work, and age. Differences in health between countries reflect often drastically unequal
historical and current international arrangements, and the enormous differentials of national
wealth and poverty that these generate. Differences in health within a country correspond
directly with the places different individuals and groups occupy in the social hierarchy. The
Commission grounds itself in a conceptual framework that offers a vision of continuity
between these two, often conceptually divided, effects.

Professor Sir Michael Marmot will set out the framework underpinning the Commission’s
work and will focus on the example of gender and health to demonstrate how the
Commission attempts to bring knowledge and action for global health equity together in a
new way.

Michael Marmot has been at the forefront of research into health inequalities for the past 30
years. He is Principal Investigator of the Whitehall Studies of British civil servants,
investigating explanations for the striking inverse social gradient in morbidity and mortality
and is currently engaged in several international research efforts on the social determinants
of health. In 2000 he was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen for ‘services to Epidemiology
and understanding health inequalities’. Internationally acclaimed, Professor Marmot is a Vice
President of the Academia Europaea, a member of the RAND Health Advisory Board, a
Foreign Associate Member of the Institute of Medicine, and the Chair of the Commission on
Social Determinants of Health set up by the World Health Organization in 2005. He won the
Balzan Prize for Epidemiology in 2004 and gave the Harveian Oration in 2006.

This seminar will be chaired by Professor Richard Wilkinson, University of Nottingham
Medical School

This seminar will be held at UCL. RSVP seminar attendance by midday 27th February
(indicating any special needs and for directions to the seminar room) Email:
Tel: 020 7679 8249 Drinks & snacks at 6pm after the seminar.

You may access an audio recording of past seminars at: