3rd WUN Public Health Global Challenge Conference: Researching lifecourse interventions for preventing non-communicable diseases

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Following successful international conferences in Shanghai (2011) and Southampton (2012) the 3rd WUN Public Health Global Challenge Conference will take place in Washington D.C. in the lead-up to the 2013 WUN Conference and AGM.

The conference will commence with registration and an opening reception on the evening of Saturday 18 May, before a two-day conference program running across Sunday 19 and Monday 20 May.

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Conference Programme

List of Participants

Participant Information

Conference aims and focus

The aim of the conference is to enable researchers from throughout WUN to identify the key research questions that the network is best placed to address. The meeting will culminate in the identification of key research strands with clear plans of how to take these forward including direct discussions of appropriate funding streams to be pursued in the following 12 months.

The conference will centre on life skills interventions, viewed from both evidence and implementation perspectives, and take into account socioeconomic, behavioural and cultural considerations. It will examine a life‐course approach to opportunities for addressing non‐communicable diseases especially in low and middle income countries and transitioning populations but also in developed societies where there are social disparities in risk. This focus is based on substantial evidence for the inextricable linkage between maternal, perinatal, infant and childhood factors and the risk of developing NCDs later in life, through changing the sensitivity to later life exposures. Particular attention is paid to both population‐ and individual‐based approaches to increase access to education, to promote health literacy in children, adolescents and parents and to empowering women, both to reduce the burden of NCDs and to provide other benefits such as gender equality and promoting neurocognitive capacities.

Solutions cannot be limited to medical interventions and must instead focus on preventative activities. Socioeconomic, cultural and behavioural factors impact greatly on the risk of developing NCDs, in early life and across the lifecourse, and on an individual’s ability to make the best lifestyle choices and to access necessary care and advice. Successful interventions, therefore, must adequately address socioeconomic inequalities and behavioural and cultural differences.

As with previous conferences, the 2013 event will result in the publication of proceedings in a highimpact journal. The location of the meeting in Washington DC will enable further engagement with USbased agencies including the World Bank, WHO, UNDP and UNWomen.

Who should attend?

The conference will be a valuable forum for established leaders from across a broad range of health and social sciences disciplines. Academic leaders from throughout the Worldwide Universities Network will be in attendance, along with a range of representatives from government, NGOs, agencies and industry. 

Attendance at the conference is by invitation only. If in doubt or to express an interest in attending, please contact your local WUN coordinator or, if external to WUN, please approach the event contacts. There is no registration fee.

Conference numbers are strictly limited to 100 so early registration is encouraged.


Registration is now closed. For all enquiries, please contact: sblair@wun.ac.uk.


The official conference hotel is the Grand Hyatt Washington DC. A discounted rate of US$299 per night (excluding 14.5% tax) is available to conference delegates between the dates of 18-24 May.

To make a reservation, visit the dedicated WUN conference delegate reservation website or call +1 402 592 6464 and quote "WUN Conference". Reservations using the WUN delegate rate may still be made. Rooms are limited.