New this month in the world of global health...

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Hello friends and welcome to another installment of the Alma Mata newsletter!

Full of exciting goings on in the world of global health - this month a huge range of events to choose from and get inspired.  Watch this space for details of the Alma Mata conference in April 2013 and be sure to get in touch if you have any news you want included in next month's newsletter.

Read on and enjoy!

Upcoming events

Friday 26th October - Sunday 28th October
EuWHO: WHO Simulation Youth Initiative

EuWHO is a simulation of a WHO World Health Assembly. Delegates discuss health issues from the point of view of designated UN member states or NGOs in regional and plenary sessions. Delegates collaborate to work together on working papers and draft resolutions in regional groups and try to gain consensus in the plenary session.  Register at

Thursday 1st November
Tuberculosis 2012

Suitable for nurses involved in TB management, general practitioners, hospital physicians, microbiologists, public health doctors and anyone else involved in the care of TB patients and their families.  See

Tuesday 6th November
Global Mental Health is Westernised Medicalisation of Distress
This debate will be chaired by Prof Nikolas Rose, Professor of Sociology, KCL. Dr Derek Summerfield, Consultant Psychiatrist, South London & Maudsley NHS Trust and Dr Hanna Kienzler, Lecturer in Social Science, Health and Medicine, KCL will speak in support of the proposition. Professor Graham Thornicroft, Professor of Community Psychiatry, IOP, London and Dr Rahul Shidaye,  Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad, India will speak for the opposition.  Free to attend -

Tuesday 6th November
TB Research Centre Symposium

The LSHTM TB Centre is hosting a one-day symposium showcasing recent trends in TB research and discussing novel ways to move forward.  Visit

Tuesday 6th November
What is the problem with faith-based organizations in global health?

Free event - see

Tuesday 6th November
What keeps the UK healthy? Geographical perspectives on work and worklessness
The seminar will consider what impacts the economic downturn is having upon individual's and local communities' health - both physical and mental - and what challenges long-term worklessness poses. 

Wednesday 7th - Friday 9th November
Tackling Smoking in 21st Century Britain
An opportunity to learn about the research, activities and new developments in the world of tobacco control.  See

Sunday 11th November
The Grandest Challenge: global health and innovation

University of Toronto researcher Professor Daar talks about his recent book 'The grandest challenge: taking life-saving science from lab to village'.  Free to attend - see

Tuesday 13th November
UCL Lancet Lecture: Health justice and the future of development
Join the Executive Director of UNAIDS and the Editor of the Lancet for an evening of discussion, Q&A and drinks all for free in London.  Register online at

Tuesday 13th November
Investing in global infectious disease research - strengths, weaknesses and what should we do next?

Infectious diseases cause a very high burden of largely avoidable morbidity and mortality globally, and place significant strain on limited health budgets, the health systems and economies of affected countries.  Speakers will discuss the UK contribution to infectious disease research and will invite comment on future direction.  Free event - register at

Tuesday 13th November
Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine Teach-In
Free event - see to register.

Thursday 15th November
Bloomsbury Debates on Humanitarianism: Profits, Politics and Power

The public Health in Humanitarian Crises Group at LSHTM organises for the first time the Bloomsbury Debates on Humanitarianism: Profits, Politics and Power in collaboration with Birkbeck College and Medecins Sans Frontiere. Free to attend - see

Friday 23rd November
Public health science: A national conference dedicated to new research in public health
This multi-disciplinary event aims to showcase the exceptional talent and creativity in the UK public health research community, across all aspects of public health and inclusive of all methodological approaches, with a special focus on the intersection between public health science and policy.  Register at

Thursday 29th November - Friday 30th November
Global Healthcare Summit 2012
Listen to global perspectives on healthcare from top speakers and organisations - see

Thursday 6th December
Nutrition and food security in humanitarian emergencies: Recent developments and the role of the health professional
Strategies to address food insecurity and malnutrition have made huge advances over the last twenty years, with inspiring new opportunities for addressing these issues as part of humanitarian assistance.  This conference will give students and professionals an opportunity to debate topical issues and consider solutions.

Education & Careers

Funded opportunity for PhD in Medical Anthropology and Global Health - 5 or 6 year largely funded PhD. Click here for more info (deadline 2nd Jan 2013).

Medical Peace Work - a series of online courses for health professionals - have relaunched their informative introductions into violence prevention and peace building.  Register
to gain access to these fantastic and completely free courses.

RSM Global Health has some great advice for those interested in working overseas.
Also keep your eye on AMECA who are starting a worldwide database of global health medical work overseas.

News from around the world...

Time for a quick look at Global health News stories from the past month:

EU Commissioner controversy threatens tobacco fight

Tuberculosis efforts in real danger says WHO

Has Obama's global health initiative run out of steam?

Global Health Pionees Paul Farmer touts community-based health care model

Take Action!

Act now to stop land grabs with a petition from Oxfam


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October 2012