About this event

  • Date and time Mon 18 Mar 2019 from 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Global Health

Protracted conflicts have huge immediate and long-term implications for population health and the functioning of health systems. This makes strengthening the capacity of researchers to conduct good quality health research that translates theory into practice and policy vital. However, the realities of conflict make this a difficult proposition. 

Jointly hosted by the King’s College London Conflict & Health Research Group and the Research Capacity for Health in Conflict in the Middle East and North Africa (R4HC-MENA) project, this event will bring together experts in the field of health research and research capacity strengthening in conflict and other complex environments to discuss the state of the field and challenges for the future. 

It will sit at the interface of academia and practice and touch upon theoretical and practical dilemmas faced when conducting health research in crises. Hosted by a research group and project that is heavily involved in strengthening capacity for this type of research, the aim of this event is to bring academics and practitioners together to discuss the challenges of conducting health research in conflict and how we might overcome them.

Join us to:

  • Discuss challenges to conducting health research in conflict-affected areas; 
  • Analyse the ethics and practicalities of innovative methods for research in complex environments;
  • Debate future directions in health research in complex environments. 


Key highlights will include a keynote by a foremost academic in the field of humanitarianism and health, and a plenary roundtable that brings together various experts to discuss the challenges of conducting health research in conflict and think of possible solutions to these challenges. 

Who will this event be of interest to?

Attendance will benefit anyone interested in the health impacts of conflict, humanitarianism, the ethics of conducting research in conflict, and research capacity strengthening in conflict.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Preeti Patel, Reader in Global Health and Conflict, Department of War Studies and Co-Director, Conflict and Health Research Group

Panel one: Research capacity strengthening in conflict - affected areas

Ms Nassim El Achi, Postdoctoral Researcher, Global Health Institute, American University of Beirut, Dr Hazel Mccullough, Manager Education Advisor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Dr Andreas Papamichail, Teaching Fellow in Global Health, Kings College London

Tea and coffee break
Keynote lecture

Dr Nada Abdelmagid, Assistant Professor in Humanitarian Health Practice, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Panel two: Ethical challenges for health research in complex environments Panel three: Researching mental health and trauma in conflict

Dr Aula Abbara, Locum Consultant in Infectious Diseases, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Honorary Clinical Research Fellow in Infectious Diseases, Imperial College London, Dr Zedoun Alzoubi, Chief Executive, Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations, Syria, Dr Abdulkarim Ekzayez, Kings College London, Ms Sharifah Sekalala, Assistant Professor, University of Warwick

Dr Hanna Kienzler, Lecturer and Director, BSc Global Health and Social Medicine, Kings College London, Dr Ayesha Ahmad, Lecturer in Global Health St George’s University of London, Professor Bayard Roberts, Director of Centre for Global Chronic Conditions, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Editor-in-Chief, BioMed Central 

Tea and coffee break
Plenary roundtable: Translating conflict & health research into practice

Dr Nada Abdelmagid, Assistant Professor in Humanitarian Health Practice, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Ms Anne Harmer, R2HC Programme Manager, ELRHA, Professor Richard Sullivan, Cancer Policy and Global Health, Kings College London 

Closing remarks


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom