Pioneer Presents: Human Health in a Changing Climate

  • 09:30, 2 May 24 - 16:00, 2 May 24
  • The Wilton Centre, Redcar
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Join us for this exciting Pioneer Presents event to hear from experts working to ensure we are prepared for the effects that climate change will bring to our health.

Climate change is impacting health in a myriad of ways, including by leading to death and illness from increasingly frequent extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, storms and floods, the disruption of food systems, increases in infections and food, water and vector-borne diseases, and mental health issues. We need to be ready to deal with an uncertain climatic future and respond to health emergencies quickly.

  • 09:30 Coffee and Registration
  • 10:00 Welcome and introduction to Pioneer Group and an overview of planetary health- Lisa Thomas, Pioneer
  • 10:15 The climate emergency is a health emergency- TBC
Session One: Infectious diseases
  • 10.30 Are we ready for the next pandemic?- Philip Probert, Head of Biologics, CPI
  • 10.50 Creating a UK capability to rapidly respond to pandemic threats- Kit Erlebach, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies
  • 11.10 Infectious disease and experiences from the Lighthouse laboratory during Covid- Professor McNally, University of Birmingham
Session Two: Non-communicable diseases
  • 11.40 Unhealthy urban planning and development linked to non-communicable diseases- Professor Cecilia Wong, University of Manchester
  • 12.00 Biomarkers for early detection of non-communicable diseases- Professor Vikki Rand, Teesside University
  • 12.20 Challenges in the Diagnosis and Management of Long-Term Conditions in a Changing Climate- Professor John Young, Teesside University
  • 12.40 Lunch and Networking
Session Three: Novel treatments for future diseases
  • 13.30 A novel biological approach to develop new oral therapeutic vaccines- Steve Emery, CSO, CHAIN Biotechnology
  • 13.50 GlycoCell Engineering Biology Mission Hub: Transforming glycan biomanufacture for health- Dr John Heap, University of Nottingham
  • 14.10 Accelerating novel therapies from discovery to patients- TBC
  • 14.50 Delivering the next generation of therapeutics- TBC, CPI
  • 15:10 Coffee and Networking
  • 16:00 Close