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Norwich Institute of Healthy Ageing – Initial Partner Symposium


Join us online on Monday, 1st of February at 13.00, for the Norwich Institute of Healthy Ageing (NIHA) Initial Partner Symposium with keynote speaker Professor Sir Michael G. Marmot.

You are invited to our inaugural symposium with keynote speaker Professor Sir Michael G. Marmot, Director of the Institute of Health Equity (UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health). See the abstract for his talk, along with a brief bio, below.

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Research areas include fundamental research into how nutrition, physical activity, smoking cessation, sleep, social activity and medication adherence influence health and well-being outcomes, and disease risk. Researchers will also look to understand behaviour change (and its many social, environmental and economics modulators), and innovation in for example, economic and ageing, health profiling and the delivery of behaviour change support. Engagement with the wider community and local government will ensure that the research is translated into real change for better local and wider public health.

The online event will be hosted by Institute Director Prof Anne-Marie Minihane.

A keynote speech will be followed by a series of short presentations on: healthy ageing and health inequalities (chaired by Adam Clark,  Norwich City Council), behaviour change and healthy ageing (chaired by Prof Wendy Hardeman, UEA) and innovation in ageing (chaired by Prof Paul Dobson, Norwich Business School). There will be a poster session following the presentations and breakrooms to discuss research ideas.


Taking action to reduce health inequalities is a matter of social justice. In developing strategies for tackling health inequalities we need to confront the social gradient in health not just the difference between the worst off and everybody else.  There is clear evidence when we look across countries that national policies make a difference and that much can be done in cities, towns and local areas. But policies and interventions must not be confined to the health care system; they need to address the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.  The evidence shows that economic circumstances are important but are not the only drivers of health inequalities. Tackling the health gap will take action, based on sound evidence, across the whole of society.  The pandemic has exposed and amplified underlying inequalities in society that lead to inequalities in health.


Sir Michael Marmot has been Professor of Epidemiology at University College London since 1985.  He is the author of The Health Gap: the challenge of an unequal world (Bloomsbury: 2015), and Status Syndrome: how your place on the social gradient directly affects your health (Bloomsbury: 2004). Professor Marmot is the Advisor to the WHO Director-General, on social determinants of health, in the new WHO Division of Healthier Populations, and is the recipient of the WHO Global Hero Award.  He is a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Chinese University of Hong Kong, and held the Harvard Lown Professorship for 2014-2017.  He was awarded the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health 2015. He has accepted honorary doctorates from 18 universities. Marmot has led research groups on health inequalities for nearly 50 years.  He chaired the Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas, set up in 2015 by the World Health Organization’s Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO/ WHO).  He was Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), which was set up by the World Health Organization in 2005, and produced the report entitled: ‘Closing the Gap in a Generation’ in August 2008.  At the request of the British Government, he conducted the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post 2010, which published its report ‘Fair Society, Healthy Lives’ in February 2010. This was followed by the European Review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide, for WHO EURO in 2014, and in 2020 Health Equity in England: Marmot Review 10 Years On. Professor Marmot chaired the Expert Panel for the WCRF/AICR 2007 Second Expert Report on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective. He chaired the Breast Screening Review for the NHS National Cancer Action Team and was a member of The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health.  He set up and led a number of longitudinal cohort studies on the social gradient in health in the UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health (where he was head of department for 25 years): the Whitehall II Studies of British Civil Servants, investigating explanations for the striking inverse social gradient in morbidity and mortality; the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), and several international research efforts on the social determinants of health.  He served as President of the British Medical Association (BMA) in 2010-2011, and as President of the World Medical Association in 2015.  He is President of the British Lung Foundation.  He is an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology; a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences; an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians.  He was a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution for six years and in 2000 he was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen, for services to epidemiology and the understanding of health inequalities.  Professor Marmot is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine.