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Population Health constitutes one of the major global challenges. It includes improving health and ensuring a more equitable distribution of health and well being within and between countries.

Guest Lecture

Professor John Middleton will be delivering a talk entitled 'Public health low down with the Solent Delta Blues'
On Tuesday 12th June 2018 at Southampton General Hospital, LF9,  Level F, South Academic Block.
Refreshments from 12:30 - talk from 13:00—14:00


John Middleton is Honorary Professor of Public Health at Wolverhampton University. He is  President of the Faculty of  Public Health, the standard setting body for public health professionals in the UK, and has been in office since June 2016.  He was Director of Public  Health for Sandwell in the West  Midlands of  England  for  26  years.  He was awarded Fellowship  of the Royal  College of  Physicians (London)  in September 2015. He is a patron of Medact, a national  charity  concerned with health and  global security issues.  His main interests are in environmental health and sustainable development, evidence based  interventions in social policy, reducing health inequalities and violence prevention. He is married with four grown up children and four grandchildren and lives in Coventry. In another life he is a blues  harmonica player. His album ‘Doctor write me a prescription for the blues’ can be sampled on iTunes or at”

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Population Health Sciences Research
Population Health Sciences Research

Research focus

Population Health constitutes one of the major global challenges. It includes improving health and ensuring a more equitable distribution of health and well being within and between countries. Particular challenges include how to deal with the widespread adoption of unhealthy ‘western' lifestyles, the consequences of demographic, epidemiologic, and nutrition transitions, and the impacts of climate change and political instability.

Progress in health has been deeply unequal - better health for some has been accompanied by worsening health for others and health problems are changing. Key drivers include ageing, urbanisation, changing environmental conditions and threats like poor diet, sedentary occupations, tobacco and alcohol abuse. We aim to have an impact on population health locally, regionally, nationally and globally by advancing understanding of factors determining population health and evaluating the effectiveness and equity of interventions through interdisciplinary research.

Key achievements

We are conducting a survey to assess alcohol consumption, knowledge of the effects of alcohol and strategies for managing diabetes among people aged 18-30 with Type 1 diabetes. This study will provide essential information on drinking patterns, diabetes management and knowledge accuracy among young adults with Type 1. It will form the basis of future research to explore understanding and experiences and will ultimately inform clinical guidelines to minimise the risks associated with alcohol use and promote better self-management of diabetes.

An ageing research programme focuses on lifecourse influences, mechanisms, clinical consequences and interventions for sarcopenia and frailty including cognitive decline to inform clinical practice and translate into the improved health of older people.

The aims of our Bone and Joint programme are firstly, to increase our understanding of the mechanisms which connect early development to later risk of osteoporosis and other musculoskeletal disorders, and secondly to develop intervention studies aimed at reducing the risk of these diseases of older age through interventions targeted at critical periods of development in early life.

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