The Academy of Medical Sciences and The Lancet International Health Lecture 2020

10.30, Monday 02 November 2020

Learning from crisis: building resilient systems to combat future pandemics

The 2020 Academy of Medical Sciences & The Lancet International Health Lecture took place virtually as a webinar at 10.30 on Monday 2 November 

We are delighted that this year’s annual lecture was presented by Professor Ilona Kickbusch, Professor Gabriel Leung and Professor Robin Shattock.

A recording of the lecture will be made available on this webpage in due course. 

This free and open online lecture explored what we can learn from the current pandemic to build stronger global health systems to combat future pandemics. 

Following the Lecture, Professor Richard Horton FRCP FMedSci, editor-in-chief of The Lancet will chair an open Q&A session with the speakers. 

Professor Ilona Kickbusch is the Founder and Chair of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Professor Kickbusch's key interests relate to the political determinants of health, health in all policies and global health. Professor Kickbusch has had a distinguished career with the World Health Organization. She has been awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz) in recognition of her "invaluable contributions to innovation in governance for global health and global health diplomacy".


Professor Gabriel Leung is the fortieth Dean of Medicine, inaugural Helen and Francis Zimmern Professor in Population Health and holds the Chair of Public Health Medicine at the University of Hong Kong. Leung is one of Asia’s leading epidemiologists and global health exponents. His research defined the epidemiology of three novel viral epidemics, namely SARS in 2003, influenza A(H7N9) in 2013 and most recently COVID-19. For COVID-19, he has been an official adviser to the Hong Kong SAR and Chinese Central People's Governments, as well as to numerous overseas jurisdictions and international agencies including the World Health Organization.


Robin Shattock FMedSci is a Professor of Mucosal Infection and Immunity at Imperial College, London. The main focus of his research is the investigation of the mechanisms of mucosal HIV transmission and development of novel preventative strategies. His group has a strong interest in mucosal immune responses to infection and vaccination with active programs on HIV, Ebola, Lassa, Marburg and Chlamydia. Professor Shattock has secured funding from MRC-UK, European Commission, NIH and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is the scientific director of the European AIDS Vaccine Initiative (EAVI2020) that coordinates a programme of EU funded vaccine research across 22 institutions. Professor Shattock and his group are currently leading the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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The International Health Lecture series will be of interest to Fellows, academics, policymakers, the media, stakeholder groups and members of the public.

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