Our patrons are experts in global health who have pledged to support Students for Global Health by offering informal advice and mentoring to the network, speaking at key events and conferences, and publicising us in their day to day work. We currently have four patrons – see below for more information about them and their work.
Professor Sir Michael Marmot
Professor Sir Michael Marmot is currently Director of the Institute of Health Equity and MRC Research Professor in Epidemiology at University College London. He has led a research group on health inequalities for the past 30 years. A former President of the World Medical Association, he has been invited by the Regional Director of WHO Euro to conduct a European review of health inequalities. At the request of the British Government, he previously conducted a review of health inequalities, which published its report ‘Fair Society, Healthy Lives’ in February 2010. He was Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health set up by the World Health Organization in 2005. He is Principal Investigator of the Whitehall 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 chaired the Department of Health Scientific Reference Group on tackling health inequalities.
Lord Nigel Crisp
Lord Nigel Crisp is an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords where he co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health. He works and writes extensively on global health. He also co-chairs Nursing Now, the global campaign on nursing.
He was previously Chief Executive of the English NHS – the largest health organisation in the world with 1.3 million employees – where he led major reforms between 2000 and 2006. He was at the same time the Permanent Secretary of the UK Department of Health.
He has written several books including “Turning the World Upside Down – the search for global health in the 21st century” and, edited with Francis Omaswa, “African Health Leaders – making change and claiming the future”. He has also chaired a number of reviews and commissions including, most recently, the Gulbenkian Commission on the Future of Health in Portugal and the Commission on the Provision of Acute Psychiatric Care for Adults.
He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Medicine.
More information at nigelcrisp.com and @lordnigelcrisp
Professor Sir Andrew Haines
Andy Haines was Dean (subsequently Director) of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine between 2001-2010. In that role, he was responsible for the management of over 1000 staff and 3700 postgraduate students. He is currently Professor of Public Health and Primary Care at LSHTM. He was previously an inner city GP in London and Professor of Primary Health Care at UCL. His international experience includes working in Jamaica, Nepal, Canada and the USA. His publications and research interests cover topics such as climate change and health, sustainable urban development, food systems, and various aspects of global health policy. He has been a member of many national and international committees including the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research and the MRC Strategy Board. He chaired the Rockefeller Foundation Lancet Commission on Planetary Health which reported in 2015 and also the Tropical Health Education Trust until 2016. Professor Haines currently chairs the Research Strategy Committees of Marie Curie and of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and is a member of the Rockefeller Foundation Council on the Economics of Planetary Health and of the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. He has spoken at a number of Students for Global Health conferences and has been a Patron for 5 years.
“[Students for Global Health] provides an invaluable forum for students to learn more about the global issues that influence health and debate how we can contribute to improving the health of disadvantaged populations around the world. There is much that can be done both as individuals and collectively to influence policy and practice in order to advance health worldwide. [Students for Global Health] fulfils a unique role in reminding us that we are all inhabitants of an increasingly interconnected world and that as health professionals our responsibilities extend beyond national boundaries.”
Professor Richard Horton
Richard Horton qualified in medicine from the University of Birmingham in 1986. He completed his general medical training in Birmingham before moving to the liver unit at the Royal Free Hospital. In 1990, he joined the Lancet as an assistant editor and moved to New York as North American Editor in 1993. Two years later he returned to the UK to become Editor-in-Chief. He was the first President of the World Association of Medical Editors and is presently a member of the International Committee on Medical Journal Editors. He is an honorary professor at the LSHTM and a Founder Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. His book about controversies in modern medicine, Second Opinion, was published in 2003. Richard has spoken at numerous Students for Global Health events including the Global Health Conference (GHC) 2006, the GHC 2007 and the IFMSA August Meeting 2007 in Canterbury.