RSE Young Academy of Scotland members met on the GCU campus for the first time for a plenary session designed to stimulate interdisciplinary thinking and research.
A key part of the event was a debate on health inequalities and how all disciplines, from the arts and humanities, built environment, engineering and law to basic and applied biomedical sciences, can be harnessed to cut avoidable and preventable death and disease.
Dr Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, David Walsh, who co-leads the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) Observatory Function, Dr Pauline Craig, Head of Equality for NHS Health Scotland, Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance, and, Heather Cowan, Head of Alcohol Policy and Delivery, Scottish Government, were on the panel.
Dr Karen Lorimer, Lead of the Working Group on Health and Wellbeing and a member of GCU’s Institute for Applied Health Research, commented: “I speak for all members of the Young Academy in thanking GCU for generously hosting our meeting. It is very fitting that the Young Academy chose to host a debate on health inequalities during its GCU visit, given the excess amount of ill health suffered by the people of Glasgow compared to other areas, or the so called ‘Glasgow-effect’. We are honoured to welcome such distinguished speakers to our debate.”
The RSE Young Academy of Scotland is a platform for emerging leaders to develop a coherent and influential voice, and to address the most challenging issues facing society in Scotland and beyond.