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Anthony Kessel

  • Anthony Kessel graduated in medicine from King's College London in 1989, and has a professional background in both general practice and public health. He became actively involved in medical ethics during a Masters degree in history and philosophy of science in 1991, and has served as an ethicist on a National Health Service research funding committee for several years. In 1996 Anthony received a Master of Science degree in public health and in 1999 he became a member of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine. He is also a member of the Royal College of General Practioners.
  • Anthony has been at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine since 1999 and is based in the Public & Environmental Health Research Unit (PEHRU). His current post is split between an honorary chair at LSHTM and Director of Public Health strategy at the Health Protection Agency (HPA). He was previously Director of Public Health for Camden Primary Health Care Trust.
  • Anthony has published articles, reports and book chapters in areas such as clinical ethics, research ethics, HIV and environmental health. He authored the book, Air, the Environment and Public Health, published by Cambridge University Press in 2000. His research interests include philosophy of public health, medical ethics, air pollution and environmental health.

John Porter

  • John Porter graduated in medicine from Kings College Medical School in 1978 and went on to specialise in paediatrics and public health medicine. In 1984 he studied for a Master of Public Health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, USA, and then between 1985 and 1987 was an epidemic intelligence service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta where he specialised in infectious disease control. He trained in Public Health Medicine in the UK at the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, London and came to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a Senior Lecturer in 1991. He is Professor in International Health and works in the Clinical Research Unit and the Health Policy Unit.
  • In 1996 he began teaching a module at the London School on 'Public Health Ethics' which, through working with Anthony Kessel and Carolyn Stephens, has developed into the present module ' Ethics, public health and human rights'.
  • His research interests include tuberculosis - from programme to policy issues; conflict and health; human rights and public health ethics.

Carolyn Stephens

Carolyn Stephens is a Reader in Environmental Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where she has worked since 1991. She is also Profesora Titular en Salud Indígena at the University of Tucuman, Argentina where is is currently based. She has worked since 1981 in Asia, Africa and Latin America -- specifically in India, Liberia, Tanzania, Ghana, Brazil and Argentina. Her research focus is on environmental inequalities and health in developing countries. From 1999-2001 she was seconded from the LSHTM to the Universidad Nacional de Tucuman (UNT), in North-West Argentina, to become a Profesora Titular en Salud Politica y Medio Ambiente. She is also a visiting professor at the Universidad Federal de Parana in Brazil. She has published widely and advises international agencies, governments and NGOs.

Relevant International Committees

2001 Member of UNICEF Expert Committee on the Rights of Poor Urban Children, Florence Italy, November 1-4. 2001.
2001-date Founding Member of the UK Environment Justice network (20 NGO and academic institutions affiliated in order to reduce environmental health inequalities in the UK and internationally.
1999-date Member of the Women’s NGO Caucus to the UN Commission for Sustainable Development
1998-2000 Founding Member of UK Poverty Steering group for the UK UN Human Development Report. Co-ordinated by United Nations Environment and Development UK Committee
1997-1999 Member of UK Steering group for the 1999 WHO Ministers’ Conference on Environment and Health Co-ordinated by the United Nations Environment and Development Committee


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