The symposium will take place in the Aula at Socialhögskolan, Stockholm University (Sveaplan), Sveavägen 160, Stockholm on June 8th between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm.

Disaster resilience in an aging society: Lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Ichiro Kawachi, MBChB, PhD
 is John L Loeb & Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Social Epidemiology, and Chair of the Social & Behavioral Sciences Department at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Kawachi received both his medical degree and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Otago, New Zealand. His research interests include social determinants of population health and health disparities.

Population Health: An Incomplete and (Potentially Misleading) Story
S (“Subu”) V Subramanian, PhD
 is a Professor of Population Health & Geography at the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, and a senior core faculty at the Harvard Center for Population & Development Studies. His publications cover topics such as social and contextual determinants of health, health inequalities in India, and applied multilevel statistical models.

Neighborhood effects on cardiovascular risk factors
Jussi Vahtera, MD, PhD
, is a Professor of Public Health at the University of Turku. His research interests cover topics such as social determinants of health and healthy aging and the influence of geographical neighborhoods on health.​

Work, health and disability – current knowledge and future challenges
Marianna Virtanen, PhD
 is a Professor of Mental Health at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in Helsinki. Her research interests are largely in occupational health, particularly issues of the modern work life, such as precarious labour market position, socioeconomic position, and psychosocial factors at work and their associations with mental health and work disability.

Social and built environment and health
Katsunori Kondo, MD, PhD
 is a Professor of Social Epidemiology & Health Policy at the Center for Preventive Medical Sciences and Graduate School of Medicine at Chiba University. He is also Head of the Department of Gerontological Evaluation at the Center for Gerontology & Social Science, National Center for Geriatrics & Gerontology, and Principal Investigator of the Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study.

Changing health behaviors non-consciously: How it works in reducing health inequality?
Naoki Kondo, MD, PhD
 has been Associate Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Tokyo since 2012. His primary research themes are social determinants of health among older adults. He is Vice Chief Investigator of the Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study. He has published over 130 peer reviewed papers in journals such as the Lancet, BMJ, Int J Epidemiology, etc.

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