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2016 Conference

Wellcome Collection, London UK

Sunday 20th November 2016

The annual Polygeia conference is a unique opportunity for our researchers to present their findings on a range of pressing global health issues. This year, we are proud to deliver an exciting line-up of talks, workshops and posters, covering topics such as migrant healthcare, the zika virus, and FGM within the UK. We are delighted that our 2016 Conference will also feature prominent external speakers, who will share experiences from a life-long career in their relevant fields.

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Conference Overview

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Event Highlights


Tropical diseases


Personalised Medicine


Migrant and refugee health


Women's health

Conference Programme


Keynote Speakers


Professor of Tropical Parasitology at Imperial College school of Tropical Medicine. Additionally the Director of Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI), which has been awarded the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2008 and has assisted in the delivery of 100 million treatments to those affected by Schistosomiasis in Africa and the Middle East.

Prof. Alan Fenwick OBE

Executive Director of FORWARD UK, the lead organisation in the UK tackling female genital mutilation. Naana provides expert advice to the UK government on women and girls and the European Parliament on FGM and has over 30 years’ experience on gender and women’s human rights. She was honoured for women’s human rights by the Queen in 2009, is a board member of ACORD and President of the Board of the End FGM European Network, based in Brussels.

Naana Otoo-Oyortey  MBE


British journalist specialising in Africa issues.  He currently holds the position of Executive Director of the Royal African Society, where he is also on the editorial board of the African Affairs journal.  He has authored the book Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles, and coordinates African Arguments, an organisation that analyses African current affairs and produces short books to educate others about the continent.

Richard Dowden

Sarah Jones is a research postgraduate at Imperial College London, and is currently working on her PhD project at the Institute of Global Health Innovation, supervised by Professor Lord Ara Darzi. As one-on-one psychological therapy is too labour intensive and costly to keep pace with the increasing demand for mental health interventions, Sarah’s PhD project aims to develop alternative means of delivering mental health care through mobile technologies.

Sarah Jones


The 2016 Conference will be hosted at the Wellcome Collection in London: 183 Euston Rd Bloomsbury  London NW1 2BE

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