The rising burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) worldwide represents an epidemic that affects us regardless of age, income, or geography. Currently most attention is focused on downstream crisis management of chronic diseases and their complications. This reactive approach is not only inefficient but often ineffective, risky both for life itself and its quality, and very, very costly. We must reverse this trend. It’s time we solidly shift our attention to primary prevention by addressing the root causes of chronic disease. We must take lessons from research evidence and continuously learn from them so that patients, caregivers, communities, and health systems have the knowledge and tools to minimize risks for NCDs, stem chronic diseases early in their course, so as to promote health, well-being and productivity. This Congress aims to induce that seismic shift.
The World NCD Congress will assemble stakeholders from around the world and across sectors to address the critical and growing impact of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) on the well-being and economies of all nations. The scientific program will focus on comprehensive disease surveillance strategies, big data and predictive analytics, learning health systems, along with individual-level and community-based approaches. The Congress will highlight how these principles may be applied in practice with a view to strengthen implementation strategies and advancing education, research, policy, and practice at local, regional, national, and global levels. Featured scientific content from around the world will both highlight and integrate key concepts from the existing knowledge bases in the basic, clinical, data, and population sciences.
University of Michigan is partnering with the World NCD Federation and scientific collaborators across the university and around the world to put together a stimulating and impactful Congress.
We look forward to you welcoming you to the Campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for this one of a kind Congress, to make a world of a difference in the prevention of noncommunicable diseases.
Rajiv Saran, MBBS, MD, MRCP, MS
Chair, World NCD Congress 2020
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA Florence E. Bingham, Research Professor of Nephrology
Department of Internal Medicine, Michigan Medicine
Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
JS Thakur, MD, DNB, MNAMS, FIPHA, FIAPSM Chair, World NCD Congress 2020 President, World NCD Federation Professor of Public Health, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research Chandigarh, India
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