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ASM 2016 Keynote Speakers

There were 4 keynote sessions at the UKSBM ASM 2016:

Professor Peter Elwood

photoProfessor Peter Elwood is a researcher at Cardiff University, specialising in the field of epidemiology: the study of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations. He has had over 50 years of experience in preventative medicine. During such an impressive career, headline hitting work and monumental successes have been achieved. Elwood specialises in preventative medicine; from heart disease to stroke, and recently cancer. Implementing the first set of randomised clinical trials and evidence based medicine has been the backbone of his scientific research. In an extraordinary study, the effects of aspirin on platelets (cells in the blood) and heart disease was investigated in Caerphilly. Pioneering evidence based medicine, a long term study involving over 2,500 men was set up. The study lasted 35 years and provided data on a variety of factors affecting health and disease and was published in the Lancet. The study was majorly successful and hit the headlines. Elwood was part of the team that found that a low dose of aspirin has beneficial effects for patients whom have had a heart attack or stroke, providing many indicators of health and disease. While working with Archie Cochrane (after whom the Heath library was named), the epidemiology of health and disease was investigated through evidence based medicine.

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Professor Matt Field

Matt Field Matt Field is Professor of Psychology at the University of Liverpool where he leads the Addiction research group within the Department of Psychological Sciences. He investigates the psychological processes that underlie the development and maintanence of alcohol use disorder, although the majority of this work has also been applied to other addictions, and obesity. His work is translational, and it is guided by the broad aim of measuring and characterising important psychological constructs in the lab (for example, impulse control and automatic responses to alcohol-related cues) as a precursor to studying the role of these constructs in the transition to problem drinking and recovery in people with alcohol dependence. He also develops and evaluates novel behaviour change interventions that seek to directly modify these psychological constructs, for example computerised inhibitory control training. His research group is a member of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies and their work has been funded by the Medical Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, Wellcome Trust, and Alcohol Research UK.

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Professor Marcus Munafò

Marcus Munafò is Professor of Biological Psychology at the University of Bristol, and Director of the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group, part of the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol, and the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies. His research focuses on identifying causal relationships between lifestyle behaviours and both physical and mental health studies, exploring the mechanisms underlying these relationships in human laboratory studies, and developing novel individual and population level interventions to target these mechanisms. He has a long-standing interest in research reproducibility.


Professor Paul Aveyard

Profile SquarePaul Aveyard is a practising GP and professor of behavioural medicine at the University of Oxford, UK. He has spent most of his career in tobacco control and over the past five or six years started working on obesity. His research concerns large scale clinical trials and supporting systematic reviews and qualitative studies. In particular, the team are aiming to find high reach, low intensity interventions suitable for use in everyday practice and test their impact on individuals’ and population health.

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