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Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Short Course - QM Malta

Biomedical Horizons: Exploring the Interplay of Environment and Health

Short Course - QM Malta

Delivered by leading academics and researchers from Queen Mary University of London, the short course will be taught over three days at the cutting-edge Queen Mary, Malta Campus located in the city of Victoria on the island of Gozo, or by distance learning using MS Teams.

The Biomedical Horizons: Exploring the Interplay of Environment and Health Short Course, developed by the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London, calls for an innovative and holistic approach to enable effective management of the chronic diseases that affect the world's population.

Such complex diseases involve multi-factorial aetio-pathogenesis which is compounded by the burdens of lifestyle, societal (e.g., poverty) as well as environmental (e.g., pollution) factors, including an interplay with non-communicable diseases impacted by multi-morbidity and long-term conditions.

Lifestyle factors (including smoking, obesity, and unhealthy diet) often augment the entity of disease manifestation and hamper the effectiveness of clinical management. Health inequalities also impact on the care and treatment of rare diseases, where there is significant variation in the availability of therapies, biomarkers and research activities around specific rare diseases.

The course focuses on the following key areas:

  • Natural Environment (e.g., land, water, air, energy)
  • Microbial Environment (e.g., infectious diseases, commensal pathogens)
  • Built Environment (e.g., urban, housing, transport)
  • Psychosocial Environment (e.g., mental health, stress, poverty)
  • The interplay and interaction among different aspects of the environment (exposome) to human health

The course is suitable for professionals and postgraduate students with a background or interest in:

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Doctors/Nurses/Physicians
  • Medical Genetics
  • Public Health Officials
  • Engineering and Computer Science

This course is face-to-face, but has the option of distance learning using MS Teams. The curriculum will be covered in a 'taught course' over three consecutive days. Teaching will be in the form of lectures and interactive activities from an international faculty.

At the end of the course the successful candidate will receive a certificate of completion of "Biomedical Horizons: Exploring the Interplay between Environment and Health" from the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London.

The three-day full-time programme will run on consecutive days between 10am and 5pm (GMT+1) and includes modules on:

  • Genetics & Epigenetics
  • Nutrition and health
  • Air pollution and health risks
  • Methodology for measuring and analysing pollutants
  • Microbiota
  • Health-environment interplay
  • Exposome
  • Artificial intelligence applications
  • Pandemics

Dates: 11 - 13 March 2024

Time: 10am - 5pm (GMT+1)

Fees: EUR800 per registrant*

Register for the course through the QMUL e-shop.


*Course Fee does not cover travel and accommodation, but includes participation at an associated Environment and Health conference at Queen Mary, Malta Campus on Thursday 14 March 2024.

For further information on the course, or for any queries, please contact Naomi McDonald (

For more information on booking terms and conditions: QMUL Short Courses - Booking Terms and Conditions [PDF 198KB].

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