FEAM/ALLEA symposium

Health inequalities - An interdisciplinary discussion of socioeconomic status, health and causality

24 May 2018 from 09:30 to 17:00 hrs
De Nieuwe Liefde, Da Costakade 102,  Amsterdam, the Netherlands
+31 20 551 0767
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Despite decades of research into health inequalities there is still no consensus on some of the basic issues. For example, different disciplines hold different views on the nature of the causal relationship between low socioeconomic status and health, and on the main mechanisms linking low socioeconomic status to ill health and premature death.

This symposium will bring together key opinion leaders from various scientific backgrounds and kick-start the much-needed interdisciplinary discussion about these issues.

You are warmly invited to attend this international symposium. It is being organised by the Scientific Committee on Health Inequalities, established by the Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM) and All European Academies (ALLEA). The committee will present a discussion paper reviewing the evidence and charting the main areas of scientific consensus and dissent.


  • Eric Brunner, Professor of Social and Biological Epidemiology, University College London, United Kingdom – Keynote on explanations of health inequalities emerging from the Whitehall study
  • Jay Kaufman, Professor of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, & Occupational Health, McGill University, Canada – Keynote on methodological issues in explaining health inequalities
  • Johan Mackenbach, Professor of Public Health, Erasmus Medical Center, The Netherlands – Health inequalities - an overview of unresolved scientific issues
  • Eddy van Doorslaer, Professor of Health Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands – Does low income cause ill health? An economist’s perspective
  • Margaret Whitehead, Professor of Public Health, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom – Does low income cause ill health? A public health perspective
  • Olle Lundberg, Professor of Health Equity Studies, Centre for Health Equity Studies, Sweden – Does low education cause ill health? A sociologist’s perspective
  • David Hill, Statistical Geneticist,  University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom – Does low education cause ill health? A geneticist’s perspective
  • Giuseppe Costa, Professor of Public Health, University of Turin, Italy – Policy implications of explanations of health inequalities
  • Domantas Jasilionis, Center for Demographic Research, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania and Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany – Health inequalities in Eastern Europe