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Manchester ambassador helps secure prestigious urban health conference

Manchester Central
Manchester has won a bid to host the 11th International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH) through its connection with valued Manchester conference ambassador Dr Arpana Verma.
The conference will act as a global forum for health issues in urban environments and is expected to attract over 1,000 multidisciplinary scientists, practitioners and senior policy makers to Manchester Central, 4-7 March 2014.

Visit Manchester, Manchester Central and the University of Manchester’s conference office worked in partnership with Dr Verma to secure the event. Dr Verma is a senior lecturer at The University of Manchester, director of the Manchester Urban Collaboration on Health and an authority on a wide variety of medical conditions, from cancer to sexual health.

Dr Verma will also be president of the International Society on Urban Health during 2014 and is leading on the organisation of the conference. She is one of Manchester’s most respected ambassadors and previously organised the inaugural Festival of Public Health UK last summer and the 11th International Hepatitis C Conference in the city in 2009.

ICUH 2014 is estimated to be worth approximately £1.8m to the local economy. Paul Simpson, managing director of Visit Manchester, said: “We’re thrilled that Manchester has been chosen to deliver ICUH 2014. The city is internationally recognised as a groundbreaking city for science and medicine and is the natural host for a conference of this nature.

“This win proves just how valuable our conference ambassadors are and is also a prime example of how the city’s conference industry and academic community works together in collaboration to make Manchester the home of great conferences.”

Dr Arpana Verma said: “We are looking forward to welcoming our guests from all over the world to celebrate the century of the city. Opportunities, employment, culture, families and friends are all found in our urban areas.  

“Sadly, in 2011, the urban poor were found to be poorer than the rural poor for the first time. Our biggest challenge is to 'cross the boundaries' between different disciplines to work together to address the threats and improve the lives of our urban citizens across the globe. As well as leading researchers, policy makers and professionals, we have an exciting citizen parallel conference organised by lay people for lay people.  

“We thank our funders, sponsors and speakers. Especially the International Society of Urban Health and the Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre.”  

Angie Robinson Chief Executive of Manchester Central, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this incredibly prestigious conference that will be discussing some very important health issues.  

“As one of the UK’s leading venues, Manchester Central is focusing on attracting more international conferences to the city, which we know brings significant benefits to Manchester’s economy.”  

Manchester’s business tourism industry generates over £822m a year for the city-region economy and attracts some 5.2m delegates to the city.

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