Professor David Gunnell will be giving the annual Charles Thackrah Lecture titled "Are suicide rates a reliable indicator of population mental health?" in June.
David Gunnell FMedSci is Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Bristols School of Social and Community Medicine and Hon Consultant in Public Health at North Bristol NHS Trust. He is a member of the National Suicide Prevention Advisory Group for England and advises WHO on their suicide prevention work.
His research is focused on two main areas: (1) national and international strategies for preventing suicide and improving mental health; (2) early life influences on adult health, particularly mental illness, and the biological mechanisms underlying these influences. He leads an NIHR-funded programme of research in support of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England together with colleagues from the Universities of Oxford and Manchester. His NIHR-funded research focuses on the impact of the 2008 Economic Recession on suicide and on emerging (novel) methods of suicide
Charles Turner Thackrah was a pioneer in occupational medicine and public health and a founder member of Leeds School of Medicine. Leeds Institute of Health Sciences hosts an annual lecture, sponsored by Marks and Spencer and the Society of Occupational Medicine.
Previous speakers include:
Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer for England and the Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health
Niall Dickson, the Chief Executive and Registrar of the General Medical Council
Professor Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- Professor Anne Mills, Vice Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London
- Professor Richard Wilkinson, Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology, University of Nottingham
- Professor Jon Nichol, Professor of Health Services Research and the Dean of ScHARR, University of Sheffield