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AIAS Fellows' Seminar: Rebecca Kate Simmons, AIAS Fellow

What should we do about the diabetes epidemic? Insights from epidemiology

Info about event


Monday 5 December 2016,  at 14:15 - 16:15


The AIAS Auditorium, Building 1632, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C


Type 2 diabetes is among the world’s deadliest conditions. Individuals with diabetes have a high risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke. They also have a reduced life expectancy of up to ten years. Many people with the condition remain undiagnosed. There is consequently a strong argument for preventing diabetes and for finding and treating the condition early. Some countries have introduced national screening programmes for diabetes. Using data from epidemiological studies, my lecture will explore the rationale for screening for diabetes and the notion that prevention is better than cure. 

Short bio

Dr Rebecca Simmons trained in epidemiology at the University of Oxford, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and the University of Cambridge. Her research focusses on different ways to tackle the burgeoning epidemic of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. She has over 90 peer-reviewed scientific publications and has won more than £5M in research funding. Rebecca is a passionate advocate for the power of public health and education to transform lives. She also regularly takes part in debates about the benefits and challenges of Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) careers for women.

Rebecca Simmons' project at AIAS


What is a Fellows' Seminar?

The AIAS Fellows' Seminar is a session of seminars held by the AIAS fellow or by other speakers proposed by the fellows. In each seminar, one fellow will present and discuss his/her current research and research project, closing off with a question and discussion session.

All seminars are held in English and open to the public. Registration to the seminar is not necessary. Read more about the AIAS Fellows' Seminar here.