Professor John Gallacher
Professor of Cognitive Health, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
Genetically complex chronic disease is the major health issue in all developed economies. The built environment may be considered a first cause in determining chronic disease risk, yet the scientific infrastructure for delivering an evidence base on the impact of the built environment on chronic disease is rarely fit for purpose. The importance of the built environment for health will be considered along with the specific scientific challenges of chronic disease. In an age of precision medicine, options will be offered as to how a ‘healthy cities’ culture may be developed and embedded within the general population, the scientific community, and the planning and policy making communities, specifically redefining the population space as a public health laboratory
John Gallacher is Professor of Cognitive Health at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford. He is a psychologist and epidemiologist with interests in ageing and dementia. He is Director of the MRC Dementias Platform UK, a growing collaboration of over 20 cohorts with a focus on experimental medicine. Gallacher is PI for the Caerphilly Prospective Study and was instrumental in developing the study’s focus on ageing, dementia and the built environment. He is a member of the UK Biobank Steering Group, leading on cognitive and psychological assessment. Broader interests include the development of remote and objective assessment methods for large-scale studies.