Guest Lecture Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: Past, Present and Future
Prof. Oscar H. Franco, University of Bern, Switzerland

Beschreibung und Konzeption

Improvements in healthcare and sociodemographic conditions with subsequent decreases in child and maternal mortality have gradually shaped humankind’s population, its distribution and the reasons we die. Ageing of the population is a global phenomenon accompanied with the increase in non-communicable disorders. Of these, cardiovascular disease (CVD) gradually has consolidated as the number one killer in the world. Cardiovascular disease is not a new disease. Nevertheless, the race against CVD has only elapsed a few decades in modern human history, and despite detailed evaluation and great achievements in the prevention and treatment of this disease it remains a disease of pandemic proportions. In this lecture, we will discuss the history, the current approaches and potential avenues for future prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Live stream
The lecture will be transmitted live over the Web. Please send an email including name and institution and we will provide you a weblink.


Prof. Oscar H. Franco, Director of the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern, Switzerland

About Prof. Oscar H. Franco:
Oscar H. Franco trained as MD at Javeriana University, Colombia, qualifying in 1998. Afterwards he moved to the Netherlands where he completed an MSc (2001) and a DSc (2003) in Clinical Epidemiology with NIHES (Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences) followed by a PhD (2005) and a post-doc in cardiovascular disease prevention and public health at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In 2006 he moved to the UK where he worked for Unilever as senior public health epidemiologist, the University of Warwick as assistant professor in public health and the University of Cambridge as clinical lecturer in public health and director of the Mphil program in public health. Also in the UK he completed a clinical training in public health.
In 2012, Oscar H. Franco moved to ErasmusMC as Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Department of Epidemiology. At Erasmus he was also the PI of the cardiovascular epidemiology group, founder and director of ErasmusAGE (an intergenerational ageing research centre), founder and CEO of Erasmus Epidemiology Resources and Deputy Science Director of NIHES.

Maurizio Trippolini, PhD


No admission fee, but seats are limited to a first come first serves basis.


Wednesday, 30th of January 2019

4.30–5.30 PM

Ort der Veranstaltung

Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH
Department of Health Professions
Schwarztorstrasse 48
3007 Bern

Auditorium 004

Weitere Unterlagen

Flyer «Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: Past, Present and Future»