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The Future of Health: What is health?

Find out how scientists measure 'good health' and what healthcare might look like in the future in the first event in our new series

What will healthcare look like in the next 50 years?

Event description

Everyone wants to be healthy but how do we define ‘Good Health’? In the UK, the NHS uses a metric called the 'Quality adjusted life year' or QALY, as a measure of how effective a treatment is, which both the quality and the quantity of life lived. But is this enough? 

How can we optimise health and wellbeing (both mental and physical health)? To improve public health one needs to recognise the complex nature of changing behaviour, and that this is often driven by social determinants of health rather than personal choice. How can reshaping different environments and settings support improvements in public health? How effective are lifestyle changes in preventing disease? Along with this, how can we leverage digital platforms to improve access to health and optimise health and wellbeing? 

We will also explore the future of vaccinations as part of this event or perhaps another stand-alone event in the series.  Will we have vaccines against all viruses, such as HIV? Could we vaccinate against asthma? Or are there always going to be diseases against which we can’t inoculate?

These questions and many more will be answered by our panel of experts. This event is the first in our series on 'The Future of Health', supported by Medtronic and Roche

About the speakers

Beate Kampmann joined the LSHTM from Imperial College London in May 2018 and is the Director of The Vaccine Centre @ LSHTM. She trained as a clinician-scientist in Paediatric Infectious Diseases in Germany, UK, France, USA and South Africa. Beate holds a Chair in Paediatric Infection & Immunity and was appointed as the Scientific Director (Theme Leader) for Vaccinology research at the MRC Unit The Gambia in July 2010. She directs a comprehensive childhood infection research program both in the UK and sub-saharan Africa.

Nick Crabb is Programme Director, Scientific Affairs at NICE the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Dave Dawes is Commercial Director at Future Care Capital. He joined FCC from Community Health Innovation CIC where he was the Director of Possibilities. Dave is a nurse, a serial social entrepreneur and has more than 25 years’ experience in nursing and health. He is also a Board Member of Social Enterprise UK and the Royal College of Nursing as well as a lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. Dave has previously worked for Nurse First CIC and Entreprenurses CIC and was a former NHS Chief Executive.

Your chair for the evening is freelance health journalist Jacqui Thornton


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm.

Latecomers will be admitted to the gallery.


This event will be filmed and on the Ri's YouTube channel within a few months. Subscribe for free to hear when new videos are released.


The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the 

The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

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Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop.