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Tuesday, 3 February 2015, 6:00PM
Museum of London

The Shape of Things to Come: Future Demography Around the World

Professor Chris Whitty

Much attention is given to the total number of people living on the planet but less is given to the shape of the demographic profile of countries. Many countries are going through rapid demographic shifts. Some like the looming crisis of ageing in China are well known but countries as diverse as Iran, South and North Korea, Brazil and South Africa will be profoundly influenced by their current demographic shape. 

Within Europe, there are substantial differences between where countries will be in 15 to 30 years time; the UK will, for example, be significantly different from Germany. 

This lecture will consider the drivers of the shape of population structure ranging from the defeat of infectious diseases through contraception to migration policy, and likely social and economic implications of this over the next 30 years, especially for heath. 

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Christopher Whitty CB FRCP FMedSci is Gresham Professor of Physic (the term for medicine when the post was created in 1597) at Gresham College, Professor of Public and International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Consultant Physician at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

Professor Whitty is also Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health and Social Care and head of the National Institute for Medical Research (NIHR). He is involved in many day-to-day public health decisions for the UK, especially for infectious diseases and emergencies.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He was interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Science and Engineering Profession and was previously Chief Scientific Adviser at the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

Professor Whitty has worked as a clinician and in public health research in the UK, Africa and Asia. He undertook his postgraduate training in epidemiology, economics and medical law.

A multidisciplinary research scientist, he is current in many areas of science and has an international reputation. Professor Whitty’s work spans the breadth of medicine, while his research has mainly focused on infectious disease and diseases of poverty in the UK, Africa and Asia. Infectious diseases are the theme for his first series of lectures as Gresham Professor of Physic.

Current Gresham Professor of Medical science

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3 February 2015

The Shape of Things to Come: Future Demography Around the World
Professor Chris Whitty

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