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Mass Gatherings Medicine: Are We Prepared for London 2012 and Beyond?

John Snow Lecture Theatre Keppel Street, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, WC1E 7HT


Dr Ziad Memish, Deputy Minister for Public Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Dr Maurizio Barbeschi, Head, Deliberate Events and Mass Gatherings, World Health Organization
Dr Valerie Curtis, Director, Hygiene Research Centre, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Dr Brian McCloskey, London Regional Director, Health Protection Agency 
Chair: David Heymann, Head & Senior Research Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House 


The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are set to be one of the largest mass gatherings this year, with 8 million Olympic and 2 million Paralympic tickets available to spectators. Ten thousand athletes representing 205 countries will take part in competitions across 34 venues within the UK. As such, the Olympics pose a number of significant public health challenges to health and security authorities both within the UK and abroad.

This meeting, held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, will bring together key figures in public health to consider how international collaboration can increase resilience to such health and security risks in future.

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