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Cambridge Global Challenges


A one day interdisciplinary conference, including a public lecture on Development of social behaviour in children from infancy: neurobiological, relational and situational interactions.


Health inequalities persist, and are currently widening, in the UK and globally. There is strong evidence that position in the social hierarchy in humans is closely related to disease risk. The result is a social gradient in health — the worse health the lower the social position.

Conference Aims

The purpose of this conference is to widen our understanding of inequalities in human health to inform future enabling action. We aim to do this by consideration of relevant processes among other social mammals. We will consider particularly social, behavioural and biological mechanisms within social groups and their impact on thriving, survival and reproductive success.

The conference is organised by the St John's College Reading Group on Health Inequalities.

Conference Programme

  • Presentations and Q&A from 9.30 am (Contributors: see weblink below)
  • The Public Lecture begins at 5pm following tea at 4.30 pm

The public lectured is delivered by Marinus van IJzendoorn, Professor of Child and Family Studies at Leiden University; Wellcome Trust Visiting Professor at Sidney Sussex College and the Cambridge Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge.

Target Audience

This conference is for everyone with an interest in inequalities in human health and what can be learned from the study of the biology, behaviour and social interactions of humans and other social mammals.

We welcome students and academic colleagues especially from across the University including Sociology, Zoology, Geography, Anthropology, Epidemiology and the Natural Sciences.

Friday, 1 June, 2018 - 09:30 to 18:15
Event location: 
St John's College, Cambridge
Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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