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Conference 2007

Commercialisation and Health

On the 24th and 25th November 2007, Alma Mata hosted an international health conference and careers fair “Global Health Directions 3: Commercialisation and Health” at UCL’s Institute of Child Health in London, UK. Over 200 delegates attended the twoplenaries, small group workshop sessions, a careers fair and a debate about postgraduate training in global health.

This page will remain as a record of the conference. You can now download audio podcasts of the main plenary sessions, two of the workshops and Sunday’s debate. The programme is available hereand you can download the delegate’s brochure here. The post-conference report is currently being compiled and will be available early next week.

The Alma Mata Working Group would like to thank all our inspirational speakers and contributors for their time, enthusiasm and support for Alma Mata. Particular thanks go to Mike Rowson, Rhona MacDonald and Sarah Finer for expertly chairing the main sessions.

And finally, thanks to all our delegates for coming – in some cases great distances – to the conference. We hope you all enjoyed the weekend and found the careers day useful. We look forward to seeing you at future Alma Mata events. We hope that lots of you will now join theWorking Group and get involved with running the network! To do so, just email here.


Our Thanks to our Speakers:

Dr Julian Tudor Hart – Swansea, UK.  Author of The Political Economy of
Health Care.

Professor Maureen Mackintosh – Open University International Development
Centre, UK

Dr Anna Holzscheiter – Center for Transnational Relations and Security
Policy, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Dr Mike Rowson – UCL Centre for International Health and Development, London, UK

Dr Richard Smith – former editor of the British Medical Journal, now Chief Executive Officer of United Healthcare Europe

Dr Brigit Toebes – University of Aberdeen School of Law, UK.

Dr Michael Holden – School of Health Sciences and Social Care, Brunel University, UK.

See here for the full programme and the subjects of each talk.

You can view a list of workshops here.

The conference concluded with a Global Health Careers Fair on Sunday 25th November 2007. A host of organisations offering careers advice and opportunities were present. It represented an excellent opportunity for health professionals with an interest in global health to receive advice and information from NGOs, postgraduate training institutions and experts in various fields. The afternoon also included plenty of time for networking and the exchange of ideas between delegates.

Alma Mata is a network of over 850 health professionals, students and allied disciplines interested in global health education and training.

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