About this event

  • Date and time Tue 11 May 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Location Online

Discover the role of health professionals in the climate change emergency.

This fifth episode of the Health emergency of climate change series will explore climate change’s effect on our food and water, and the impact that human consumption is having on the planet.

This episode will look at food and water-related diseases which are aggravated by climate change, how the food we eat contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss, and what health professionals can do to promote good health and protect our planet.

An unstable climate with rising temperatures and extreme weather events increases our exposure to pathogens in food and water. This causes health implications, disease, and death around the world. Our own consumption habits are exacerbating this problem, with the food system responsible for 20-30% of all global greenhouse gas emissions, most of which originate from meat and diary livestock.

Our speakers for this episode are Dr Lindsay Jaacks, UKRI Future Leaders Fellow and Chancellor’s Fellow at the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security at The University of Edinburgh, and Dame Parveen Kumar, Professor of Medicine and Education at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, gastroenterologist and Past President of the Royal Society of Medicine and the BMA.

The webinar will be chaired by Dr Amy Lord, Colorectal Research Fellow at The Royal Marsden NHS Trust, and the discussion run by Dr Sujay Shah, Colorectal Specialty Trainee at The Royal Free Hospital, London.

During this webinar speakers will:

  • Describe the health implications of climate change’s impact on food and water supplies
  • Outline the impact that human food consumption is having on the planet, and how sustainable practices and diets can mitigate these negative effects
  • Advise healthcare professionals on how to mitigate climate change by promoting sustainable practices and healthy diets to prevent illness and digestive issues

Don't miss other episodes in this series:

Episode 6: Tuesday 25 May 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm

In this 10-part Health emergency of climate change series, experts from across the health community will unite to address the impact that climate change is having on human health. By positioning health and wellbeing at the centre of the climate change discussion, the Royal Society of Medicine will give healthcare professionals the opportunity to understand the links between climate change and health and recognise how they can help combat climate change and its effects.

Do you have a question for our panelists? If so, please submit your questions here and they will be answered during the webinar.

We would like to thank Michael Rapp for his generous support enabling free access to this webinar series.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. Late registrations will not be accepted.

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Key speakers

Professor Dame Parveen Kumar

Professor Dame Parveen Kumar

Professor of Medicine and Education at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Past President of the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund

Speaker's biography

Professor Dame Parveen Kumar qualified at St Bartholomew's Medical College London and trained in gastroenterology. She was Professor of Medicine and Education at Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary, University of London and was awarded the title of Professor Emerita. She is an ambassador for the UK Health Alliance for Climate Change.

Over the years she has taught and examined medical students and doctors across the world, for MBBS, MRCP and post-graduate degrees. She has always been interested in medical education and has been an undergraduate and a post-graduate Dean, and was also the Director of CPD at the Royal College of Physicians.

She is the co-founder and co-editor of the major textbook on Medicine (Kumar and Clarks Clinical Medicine 9th ed 2017) for students and doctors.

She was president of the Royal Society of Medicine, the British Medical Association, the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund, and the Medical Women’s Federation. Currently, her major concerns and interests are in Global health and climate change.

Lindsay Jaacks

 Dr Lindsay Jaacks

UKRI Future Leaders Fellow and Chancellor’s Fellow at the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security at The University of Edinburgh

Speaker's biography

After studying Nutrition and Epidemiology, Lindsay joined the faculty at Harvard University as an Assistant Professor of Global Health, where she established and led a research team working on global noncommunicable diseases (NCD) and developed the obesity transition framework. While at Harvard, she also developed and taught field-based classes on NCDs in India and Nepal. This work motivated her to adjust course and re-focus on the underlying causes of disease.

Lindsay joined the University of Edinburgh in 2020 as a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow and Chancellor’s Fellow in the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security. Her current research projects broadly aim to advance understanding of the nexus between agriculture, nutrition, and health. She is especially interested in studying the effect of pesticides on human health and the health co-benefits of sustainable agriculture approaches such as organic. Her research also involves improving the measurement of food environments and leveraging citizen science for public health nutrition.

Since 2016, Lindsay has been a Visiting Professor at the Public Health Foundation of India.

Agenda

View the programme 11 May 2021

Welcome and introduction

Dr Amy Lord, RSM Coloproctology Section, Trainee Representative

Healthy diets, healthy planet

Dr Lindsay Jaacks, PhD, UKRI Future Leaders Fellow and Chancellor’s Fellow, The University of Edinburgh, Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security

The impact of climate change on water and waterborne infections

Professor Dame Parveen Kumar, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Education, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. Honorary Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, Barts & The London NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust.

Q&A session

Panel discussion led by:

Dr Sujay Shah, Colorectal Specialty Trainee, The Royal Free Hospital
Dr Victoria Pegna, Colorectal & General Surgeon Registrar, Brighton

Closing remarks

Location

Online

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Disclaimer:All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

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