Monday, 2 July 2012 to Tuesday, 3 July 2012
Location: CRASSH, University of Cambridge, UK
The aim of the conference is to provide a forum within which people with very different expertise and experience can explore the latest research findings and see how these could influence understanding and ideas for action to reduce maternal mortality in Africa.
The following two areas, taken together, will form the focus of the conference:
1. Biological mechanisms determining birth outcomes
2. The social and historical context for maternal mortality in Africa
We see this as a unique opportunity to bring together those with experience of implementing initiatives aimed at reducing MMR with researchers from different but highly relevant academic disciplines. Our focus on this important issue will enable us to bring together the latest research in fields that all too often do not ‘talk’ to each other. An additional question to be posed in the course of this conversation concerns the very nature of interdisciplinary enquiry. Do we have a language with which to talk meaningfully of the interactions between biology and history? To what extent can basic scientific research inform policy-making?
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