Getting to actionable, sustainable, and cost effective ways of preventing NCDs

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CAN Mezzanine, 7-14 Great Dover Street, London SE1 4YR

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Start: Wednesday, 31 October 2018 @ 8.30am

End: Wednesday, 31 October 2018 @ 10.00am

Join UKPRP Expert panel member in examining why a systems perspective should be the first step in prevention

Preventing NCDs is a complex or ‘wicked’ problem which requires a paradigm shift in the way we think about solutions. We also need a paradigm shift in the research needed to provide an evidence base that decision makers can act on and feel confident that their efforts are cost effective and sustainable.

There are many helpful frameworks which suggest ways that our thinking about solutions must shift away from the traditions of evidence-based medicine. We need to move towards more integrative thinking, but the evidence base for systems approaches is woefully lacking. We will explore why complex is not the same as complicated and what this means for research, policy and practice in preventing NCDs.


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About the speaker

Dr Diane T. Finegood is a Professor and Fellow at Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. She served as president & CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (2012-2016) and inaugural scientific director of the CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (2000-2008). She is an internationally recognised researcher with scholarly work in a range of disciplines. Her current work is on the application of systems thinking to complex problems. She has also been invited to sit on the UK Prevention Research Partnership (PRP) Expert Panel.


Join us

We hope that you will be able join us from 8.30am until 10.00am on Wednesday 31 October at CAN Mezzanine, 7-14 Great Dover Street, London, SE1 4YR.

There will be opportunities for networking and a healthy breakfast will be available from 8.00am.


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C3’s 2018 series of International Breakfast Seminars is supported by:


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