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Open Lectures Series Year 1 -2017

9 March 2017

Time: 5:00 - 6:00pm
Venue: At Michael Mason Room; Yvonne Carter Building; 58 Turner street, London E1 2AB

The Open Lectures series year 1- 2017

is in collaboration with

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)


The International Health and Political Economy of Health Research Group (IHPEH).

IHPEH is an international network of academics, researchers, activists and global health students and graduates promoting research and debate on international health and health policy issues.

Three Lectures will be delivered over a three day period by the invited speakers

9th Feb – Dr Pol de Vos

The Cuban Health System: defending the right to health in times of economic hardship

Dr Pol de Vos is an expert in public health policies, health services organization and health sector reform in Latin America. He is currently working at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp-Belgium, coordinating the Postgraduate course in Tropical Medicine and International Health. Over the last 20 years he has published extensively on international health policy issues and on the Cuban health system.


9th Mar – Vivek Kotecha

NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans

Vivek Kotesha is a Research Officer at the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI). He previously worked as a manager in Monitor and NHS Improvement. Prior to that he worked as a management consultant at Deloitte for 4 years. Vivek holds a BSc Economics (Hons) from the LSE and is a chartered accountant. He has recently authored and co-authored a series of CHPI reports on the impact of STPs on the NHS.


23rd Mar – Dr Miran Epstein

Marxism and Medical Ethics

Dr Miran Epstein is a Reader in Medical Ethics at Queen Mary, University of London. Epstein received his MD in 1987 from the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University. He received his MA and PhD in history and philosophy of science, both with distinction, in 1996 and 2004, respectively, from the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University. He has published extensively on a wide spectrum of issues in medical ethics and is a Key Opinion Leader On Organ Transplantation (The Transplantation Society) and a UK Emissary on behalf of the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism Custodian Group.

All lectures are free.

For more information,please contact Dr Elias Kondilis ( and Jonathan Filippon (

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