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The role of psychosocial influences in health inequalities

On 6 October 2011, the British Academy held a forum on the role of psychosocial factors (such as smoking, levels of alcohol consumption and stress) in health inequalities. The aim of the Forum was to bring together leading social scientists, medical practitioners and policy makers to discuss what practical solutions could be implemented at various levels, from government to GPs, to tackle some of the causes of health inequalities.

On 6 October 2011, the British Academy held a forum on the role of psychosocial factors (such as smoking, levels of alcohol consumption and stress) in health inequalities. The aim of the Forum was to bring together leading social scientists, medical practitioners and policy makers to discuss what practical solutions could be implemented at various levels, from government to GPs, to tackle some of the causes of health inequalities.

Discussions were led by Honorary Fellow of the British Academy and former President of the British Medical Association, Professor Sir Michael Marmot and co-chaired by Dame Carol Black, National Director for Health and Work, and Professor Miles Hewstone FBA, Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Oxford.

List of participants

Professor Clare Bambra, Wolfson Research Institute
Professor Mel Bartley, University College London
Professor Linda Bauld, University of Stirling
Dame Carol Black, Department for Work and Pensions
Professor Vicki Bruce FBA, Newcastle University
Dr Peter Byrne, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Professor Tarani Chandola, University of Manchester
Dr Brian Fisher, Lewisham PCT
Mr Robert Greatorex, Royal College of Surgeons
Ms Anne Griffin, Department of Health
Dr Bill Gunnyeon, Department for Work and Pensions
Professor Miles Hewstone FBA, University of Oxford
Professor Heather Joshi FBA, Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Professor Averil Mansfield, British Medical Association
Professor Sir Michael Marmot FBA, University College London
Professor Theresa Marteau, University of Cambridge
Ms Christine McGuire, Department of Health
Professor Christine Power, University College London
Dame Jane Roberts, Islington Primary Care Trust
Professor Amanda Sacker, University of Essex
Professor Sarah Stewart-Brown, Faculty of Public Health
Dr Sundar Thavapalasundaram, Royal College of GPs


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