World Health Inequities Expert on Rare Canadian Tour

    OTTAWA, Feb. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Three Canadian medical communities will
have the opportunity February 2-5, 2009, to share ideas and expertise with Dr.
Michael Marmot, thanks to the 2008 McLaughlin-Gallie Visiting Professorship
funded by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Michael
Marmot, internationally renowned for his work in epidemiology and health
inequalities, will spend one day at each medical faculty and community, in
Winnipeg, Ottawa and Montreal, visiting faculties of medicine and others
involved in community medicine.
    Dr. Marmot is Director of the International Institute for Society and
Health at the University College London (UCL) and MRC Research Professor of
Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL. He is well known for his landmark
"Whitehall studies" of British civil servants, which showed the influence of
status and income on health. In 2000 he was knighted for services to
epidemiology and health inequalities. Most recently, he chaired the World
Health Organization's Commission on Social Determinants of Health
(, whose
final report, "Closing the Gap in a Generation: Health Equity through Action
on the Social Determinants of Health," was released last year.
    According to G. William N. Fitzgerald, CM, MD, FRCSC, President of The
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, "Our role is to function
as a catalyst bringing together concerned parties, such as health care
professionals of every stripe, professional organizations and governments. It
is very inspiring to have Dr. Marmot as our McLaughlin-Gallie Visiting
Professor for this year-his work in global health inequalities strongly
impacts community health research and practices in Canada."
    The Royal College supports the Visiting Professorship award so that
internationally renowned experts from around the world can visit selected
Canadian medical schools and communities, to exchange ideas and share
knowledge with students, faculty and other leaders. The visiting professor is
selected in cooperation with the relevant national specialty society.
    Dr. Marmot's lectures will focus on his work as Chair on the World Health
Organization's (WHO) Commission on the Social Determinants of Health.
According to Dr. Marmot, "People's health suffers because of the social
conditions in which they live and work. The task of the Commission is to
change this reality-for example, why is it that a fifteen-year-old boy in
Lesotho has a 10 percent chance of reaching 60, while the same age boy in
Sweden has a 91 percent chance? This difference is due solely to social
conditions, as determinants of health." The WHO Commission report recommends
policies that tackle health inequalities by action on the underlying social
determinants of health.

    The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is the national,
not-for-profit organization that oversees the medical education in 61
specialties and subspecialties in Canada by setting high standards for
postgraduate medical education and continuing professional development. In
collaboration with health organizations and government agencies, the Royal
College also plays a role in developing sound health policy in Canada. The
Royal College is committed to working together for excellence in specialty
medicine for healthy Canadians.

    Dr. Marmot will be visiting the following three cities February 2-5,

      Winnipeg             February 3
      Media Contact        Ilana Simon
                           Director of Communications & Marketing
                           Faculty of Medicine
                           University of Manitoba

      Ottawa               February 4
      Media Contact        Julie Tanguay, Media Relations Officer
                           University of Ottawa
                           613-562-5800 poste / ext. 3137

      Montreal             February 5
      Media Contact        Danielle Massé
                           Santé publique
                           514-528-2400, ext. 3525

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For further information: Media: For more information on the
McLaughlin-Gallie Visiting Professorship, please contact the Royal College of
Physicians and Surgeons of Canada: Karen McCarthy, Director of Communications
and External Relations, Ottawa, (613) 668-6465; Cecily Wallace, (613)

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