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Workshop to mark 50th anniversary of seminal public and environmental health lecture

The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) - Epidemiology & Public Health Section, in partnership with Brunel University London, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Public Health England and Imperial College London organised a workshop to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Bradford Hill seminal lecture, “The environment and disease: association or causation?”, presented at the first meeting of the Occupational Health section of the Royal Society of Medicine in January 1965, and the subsequent paper (Proc. Royal Society of Medicine, May 1965). 

The workshop, aimed to address the critical issues for public and environmental health raised in the Bradford Hill lecture and subsequent landmark paper and in light of today’s knowledge about multi-causality and complexity, to critically re-assess his approach and the use, misuse and current utility of his "viewpoints" in examining evidence, and use of this evidence for making important public health decisions that aim to avoid or minimise harm to public health and environments. 

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The RSM hosted the two day workshop on 13-14 October 2016, held at the same venue of the Bradford Hill lecture in 1965. A strong line-up of renowned international speakers discussed these issues with participants that included EU and national level risk assessment committees, policymakers, academics, and key stakeholder groups.
The meeting was introduced by Professor John Ashford, CBE, President of Epidemiology & Public Health Section, RSM, and Professor Juliette Legler, Brunel University. Speakers included Abee Boyles, Elisabeth Cardis, Carl Cranor, David Gee, Lennart Hardell, Andreas Kortenkamp, Raymond Neutra, Richard Peto, Geof Rayner, Kenneth Rothman, Christina Ruden, Kurt Straif, Jan P Vandenbroucke, Paolo Vineis and Tracey Woodruff


Video recordings of the talks – RSM links

October 13, 2016:

October 14, 2016:

.For more information, please contact Dr Ariana Zeka on Ariana.Zeka@brunel.ac.uk.