Professor Sir Michael Marmot
University College London, UK
Professor of Epidemiology at University College London, and President of the World Medical Association. He is the author of The Health Gap: the challenge of an unequal world (2015) and Status Syndrome: how your place on the social gradient directly affects your health (2004). Professor Marmot is one of the leading authorities in the social determinants of health, and has published wide-ranging and impactful articles on how such inequalities impact on mental health.
Professor Marmot held the Harvard Lown Professorship for 2014-2017 and is the recipient of the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health 2015. He was Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), which was set up by the World Health Organization in 2005, and produced the report entitled: ‘Closing the Gap in a Generation’ in August 2008. He has conducted major reviews of health inequalities for national governments and the World Health Organisation. He set up the Whitehall II Studies of British Civil Servants, investigating explanations for the striking inverse social gradient in morbidity and mortality. He leads the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and is engaged in several international research efforts on the social determinants of health. He served as President of the British Medical Association (BMA) in 2010-2011 and is an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians. He was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen for services to epidemiology and the understanding of health inequalities.
Professor Ann John
Swansea University, UK
Ann is a Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry at Swansea University and Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Public Health Wales. She has a research focus on suicide and self-harm prevention and children and young people’s mental health. She leads the MQ funded Adolescent Mental Health Data Platform and chairs the National Advisory Group on Suicide and Self-harm prevention to Welsh Government. She is a Trustee of the Mental Health Foundation.
Ann leads a research programme with a focus on mental health informatics leading a cross disciplinary team of data scientists, engineers, computer scientists, psychologists and clinicians. She is passionate about the translation of research into policy and practice. She is co-director of the Cochrane satellite for suicide and self-harm prevention and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and Learned Society for Wales.
Professor Peter B. Jones
University of Cambridge, UK
Peter Jones is Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Deputy Head, School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge. His interests are in the epidemiology of mental illness, particularly early life determinants, and in evaluation of effective interventions at the individual and system level. Clinically, Peter developed and led the award winning CAMEO.nhs.uk early intervention service. He has NIHR responsibilities, directing the Applied Research Collaboration Care East of England, a partnership between researchers and health services to accelerate the generation and application of evidence from applied health research in policy and practice.
Prof. Inez Myin-Germeys
KU Leuven , Belgium
Inez Myin-Germeys is a psychologist and professor of Contextual Psychiatry at KU Leuven, Belgium. She is the head of the Center for Contextual Psychiatry (CCP), which she founded in 2015. Prof. Inez Myin-Germeys is a world-renowned expert in the field of Experience Sampling Methodology and mobile Health (mHealth), in relation to psychopathology, and more specifically psychosis. The CCP is focusing on the study of stress-sensitivity and altered social interactions in the development of psychopathology, on the clinical implementation of ESM as a tool for self-management and shared decision making, on the development of new Ecological Momentary Interventions, and on research from a first-person perspective. Inez Myin-Germeys is an ERC consolidator grantee, has published over 350 papers and has supervised over 30 PhD projects.
Professor Ian Colman
University of Ottawa, Canada
Dr. Ian Colman is the Canada Research Chair in Mental Health Epidemiology, the President of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology, and is a Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Colman directs the Applied Psychiatric Epidemiology Across the Life course (APEAL) Lab, which investigates longitudinal and life-course processes surrounding the epidemiology of depression, anxiety and suicide. Dr. Colman has published more than 125 papers, including multiple papers in the British Medical Journal, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Biological Psychiatry, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.