Is preventative healthcare a solution to 21st century diseases?

14th Oct 2014

In collaboration with Loughborough University we will be presenting our first BRAINPLAY of the Autumn/Winter season entitled  “Preventative Medicine”. We have chosen this topic as health is becoming an increasingly important topic as resources become more limited and the rise of complex diseases are on the rise.

According to estimates by the World Health Organization, about 55 million people died worldwide in 2011, two thirds of this group from non-communicable diseases, including cancer, diabetes and chronic cardiovascular and lung diseases. Many consider preventative health care a crucial part of the solution given the worldwide rise in the prevalence of chronic diseases and deaths from these diseases. Typically preventative healthcare is divided into three stages – primary prevention, secondary prevention and tertiary prevention. Starting with primary prevention, methods such a regular check-ups, ensuring to have all the relevant immunisations, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet as well as an exercise regime are all methods to avoid the occurrence of diseases through eliminating disease agents or increasing resistance to it. However, with research suggesting that over 80% of what contributes to our health comes from our genes, our behaviours, social factor and the environment, we wonder if we do not need to take this a step further. Join us for a discussion which examines whether a initial zero- stage should be added, providing people not only with the typical preventive healthcare measures, but even more so with spaces, cities and communities that are designed to be more biological and human.

Lead host for the night will be academic expert, Dr. Dale Eslinger, who is an expert in kinesiology. We will also have people in science, healthcare, economist, and entrepreneurs.

Dr. Dale Esliger graduated with distinction from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology (Exercise Science) in 2000. Dale went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science in 2002 from the same institution.In 2011 Dale completed a PhD in the College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan in the area of Measurement of Physical Activity with a focus on accelerometry.After a short stint at Dalhousie University, Dale was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity Measurement at Loughborough University in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences in 2012.

19 November 2014 at 1830 // to attend rsvp by e-mailing