Simon Capewell

Simon Capewell

Simon Capewell on the production of bad food and the links to obesity

Simon Capewell from the University of Liverpool joins the FRC for our Food Bites series and explores the current issues in the food system and what civil society organisations and academics could be doing to work towards solutions that address the issues within the food system.

Professor Simon Capewell trained in general, respiratory and cardiovascular medicine in Newcastle, Cardiff, and Oxford, then in public health in Edinburgh and Glasgow. He was appointed as the first Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in the University of Liverpool in 1999. Simon manages a research programme mainly involving cardiovascular disease (CVD) and food policy. Funding thus far totalling over £20 million, with over three hundred peer-reviewed papers, many in top journals.

His recent research includes programmes funded by MRC, NIH, NIHR, EU & BHF examining:

  • why CVD death rates have recently halved in the USA , UK, Poland & elsewhere, and why CVD rates are increasing in China and many other developing countries
  • the development of effective and cost-saving CVD prevention strategies: building on empirical evidence, policy analyses, and quantitative modelling in high, middle and low income countries.

Simon is President of the Society for Social Medicine, and Vice President (Policy) for the UK Faculty of Public Health. He is also a Trustee for the Faculty, for the UK Health Forum, and for Heart of Mersey, a large regional CVD primary prevention charity. He contributes to policy development and service work. He has recently chaired/participated in a dozen national /international policy and prevention committees, including Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (Obesity), British Heart Foundation (Prevention & Care), NICE (CVD prevention), UK Faculty of Public Health, European Society of Cardiology and WHO.

Simon also joined the FRC for a Food Thinkers seminar

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