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Thursday, 26 April 2007, 12:00AM

Getting a life: Limits to health in the 21st century

Professor Christopher Dye

Our health and longevity are affected by a multitude of things: environment, economy, education, social status, genes, technology, public services, and the rest. Among all of these factors, what are the main barriers to better health in the world today, and how do they differ from one country to another? Which of our major health problems are soluble, and on what timescale? Which observations on the past 200 years of European health are relevant to developing countries today?

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Professor Dye was the Gresham Professor of Physic between 2005 and 2009. He is based at the World Health Organization, where he evaluates epidemiological and economic trends for tuberculosis, malaria and other infectious diseases, measures the impact of control programmes, and presents the findings to governments, scientists and the media. Professor Dye holds a BA from the University of York, gained his DPhil at the University of Oxford, and has taught at Cambridge University, Imperial College and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2008. His work in epidemiology is described in more than 200 scientific papers, and he is currently a member of the editorial board of Science.

All of Professor Dye's lectures may be accessed here.

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26 April 2007

Getting a life: Limits to health in the 21st century
Professor Christopher Dye

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