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Professor Signal will explore the challenge of ending the Pacific NCD crisis with compelling new data from Tonga and New Zealand (NZ). The obesogenic world of children will be revealed using data from cameras worn by a random sample of 36 Tongan and 168 NZ children. These findings set the scene for a discussion about global solutions to the crisis including taxation, trade policy and financing of the SDGs.

Professor Louise Signal is a Director of the Health Promotion and Policy Research Unit at the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand (NZ). She is a social scientist who has worked in public health for over 30 years. She is the out-going Regional Director of the South West Pacific Region of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE). Louise’s research focuses on identifying and addressing the determinants of health and health inequities. Her key areas of interest include obesity prevention, addressing harm from alcohol and gambling and tackling inequities in cancer treatment. Louise is the principal investigator of an innovative research project that studies the world children live in, Kids’Cam. It uses automated cameras to record children’s worlds in NZ. Currently, there are 17 projects underway or completed. Louise is currently leading similar research in Tonga in collaboration with Dr Viliami Puloka and the Tongan Government.

Forthcoming events

Richard Doll Seminar: Design and analysis of prevalence surveys in low-resource settings

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 1pm to 2pm @ Richard Doll Lecture Theatre, Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

WEH/Ethox Seminar

Wednesday, 26 February 2020, 11am to 12.30pm @ Seminar room 0, Big Data Institute, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

HERC Seminar: Learning healthcare systems for cost-effective precision oncology.

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 12pm to 1pm @ Seminar room 0, Big Data Institute, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

The Global Response to the Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Outbreak

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 2.30pm to 4pm @ Seminar rooms, Big Data Institute

Richard Doll Seminar: The Risk of Everything – using linked electronic health records to develop and validate risk prediction tools for use in clinical care

Tuesday, 03 March 2020, 1pm to 2pm @ Richard Doll Lecture Theatre, Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

WEH/Ethox Seminar: Building research capacity through North-South Partnerships: some ethical reflections and a social justice agenda

Wednesday, 04 March 2020, 11am to 12.30pm @ Seminar room 0, Big Data Institute, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF