Darwin Lecture 2018: Targeting vulnerability; Improving childhood survival, growth and development in low-income settings

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
Organiser: events@linnean.org
0207 434 4479 ext 211

PARTNER EVENT 18:00–19:00 Thursday 8 November 2018

In association with the Royal Society of Medicine.

Judd Walson
Image © Judd Walson.

Globally, child mortality has decreased by half since 1990. However, almost 6 million children continue to die annually, many from preventable causes such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and other infections. Despite these differing underlying causes of death, there are features of vulnerability that underpin risk for many children. For example, over half of all child deaths are associated with under nutrition, yet current interventions are not highly effective at improving nutritional recovery or survival in many of these children.

While disease specific interventions have had tremendous impact in reducing mortality to date, it is clear that reducing mortality further will be more challenging and will require different tools, strategies and approaches. Targeting children based on underlying vulnerabilities with specific interventions designed to address mechanisms underlying individual risk may offer the opportunity to significantly impact growth and cognitive development while also averting deaths.

Professor Judd Walson is a Principal Research Fellow at the Natural History Museum and a Professor of Global Health, Medicine, Infectious Disease, Pediatrics and Epidemiology at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of large clinical trials in resource-limited settings and is particularly interested in the effects of enteric infection and composition on childhood survival, immunologic function and growth.

  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is essential. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Doors will open at 17:30.
  • Tea will be served in the Library from 17:30 and the event will be followed by a white wine reception.

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