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Epidemiological insights into the health and biological consequences of social inequalities across the lifecourse


You are invited! Dr. Silvia Stringhini will be giving a presentation on Friday, September 29, 2023.

Presentation: Epidemiological insights into the health and biological consequences of social inequalities across the lifecourse

The recording of Dr. Silvia Stringhini’s research talk is now available HERE.

B104, School of Population and Public Health, 2206 East Mall, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z3

About the presentation


Social inequalities have long been associated with a wide range of diseases. The lifecourse perspective acknowledges that exposures to adverse social and environmental conditions over an individual’s lifetime intrinsically influence health and ageing trajectories.


This presentation aims to provide an epidemiological perspective on the research aimed at examining how social inequalities impact health and biological outcomes across different life stages, from prenatal development to elderly age.


The presentation will be an overview of Dr. Stringhini’s research in this field over the past 15 years within the framework of the scientific community advances in the area. This presentation offers a synthesis of Dr. Stringhini’s contributions to the domain over a 15-year period, contextualized against the backdrop of overarching advancements and insights from the wider scientific community.


The interplay between socio-environmental exposures and health is a dynamic process that spans across the entire lifecourse. The presentation will discuss perspectives in this field of research, as well as talk about the major limitations currently in place, such as the lack of large scale population-based data encompassing decades of follow-up of exposures and health outcomes as well as biological markers. The often-questioned public health implications of this type of research will also be addressed.

About the presenter

Dr. Silvia Stringhini recently joined the School of Population and Public Health of the Faculty of Medicine of UBC as Associate Professor. Between 2018 and 2023, she has served as the Head of the Unit of Population Epidemiology in the Geneva University Hospitals and Assistant Professor at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She is the PI or co-PI of several population-based cohort studies including the Bus Santé study and the SEROCOV-KIDS and Specchio cohorts. She serves in the scientific board of the Colaus and SKIPOGH Swiss studies.  

Silvia holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health from the University of Paris/University College London, a Master in Global Health from Trinity College Dublin and a Master in International Economics from the University of Pavia. Her main research areas are: social inequalities in chronic diseases and ageing, the role of health behaviours in the genesis of social inequalities in health, and the biological consequences of social inequalities, the role of environmental factors in social inequalities in health. Dr. Stringhini was actively involved in the COVID19 pandemic response and served in the Swiss National Science COVID19 Task Force.  

Over her academic career, she was the principal investigator of several research grants from the Swiss National Science Foundation, University of Lausanne, and the Jacobs Foundation and she was a co-investigator and work package leader of the EU Horizon 2020 LIFEPATH project. Over the academic year 2018/2019, she was visiting professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.   

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