2017 Academy of Medical Sciences and The Lancet International Health Lecture

Monday 13 November 2017. Registration from 5.30 PM

Henry Wellcome Lecture Theatre London

Wellcome Collection 183 Euston Road, London

We are delighted that the 2017 annual lecture was presented by Dr Samuel Myers, Principal Research Scientist at Harvard T.H Chan of School of Public Health and Director of the Planetary Health Alliance, under the title: Planetary Health: Protecting Global Health on a Rapidly Changing Planet.

A video of the event and refelections from the co-chair, Professor George Griffin, can be found on this page.

Dr Sam Myers has worked for over twenty years at the intersection of human health and global environmental change. A case study detailing Dr Myers' experiences and background can be found by following this link

Dr Myers received his BA from Harvard College, his MD from Yale Medical School and performed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.  He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and received his Master in Public Helath (MPH) from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health where he is now a Senior Research Scientist. He is also Director of the Planetary Health Alliance. 

Dr Myers has extensive field experience, having managed an integrated conservation and human health project in the Qomolangma Nature Preserve in Tibet, worked as a AAAS fellow at USAID, and as Senior Director of the Healthy Communities Initiative at Conservation International. In each of these roles, over a six year period, Dr Myers worked in lower income settings to integrate efforts focused on population, health, and the environment.

After finishing a clinical research fellowship in General Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dr Myers began a research career focused on quantifying the human health impacts of large scale, anthropogenic environmental change (planetary health). His current work spans several areas of planetary health including:

1) The global nutritional impacts of rising concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere.

2) The health impacts of land management decisions in SE Asia associated with biomass burning and particulate air pollution.

3) The nutritional impacts of reduced access to wildlife (bushmeat) in the diet in Madagascar.

4) The local (in Madagascar) and global consequences of fisheries decline for human nutrition and health.

5) The impact of animal pollinator declines on human nutrition at a global scale.

6) Building a global food atlas of per capita dietary intake and food nutrient density to cover 95% of the world’s population.

As the Director of the Planetary Health Alliance, Dr Myers oversees a multi-institutional effort to support research, education, and policy efforts around the world, focused on understanding and quantifying the human health impacts of disrupting Earth’s natural systems and translating that understanding into resource management decisions globally. He is also teaching Harvard University’s first course on Planetary Health.

Dr Myers serves as a Commissioner on the Lancet-Rockefeller Foundation Commission on Planetary Health and was recently awarded the Prince Albert II of Monaco—Institut Pasteur Award for research at the interface of global environmental change and human health. He is also on the Advisory Board of the journal, The Lancet Planetary Health, and is also on the Advisory Panel to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Momentum for Change initiative for their Planetary Health track.

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