Global Myths & Global Risks: A Public Symposium on 18 June

How can we restore society’s trust in health research through epidemiology?


Coffee improves your memory
Eating breakfast helps you lose weight
Deodorants cause breast cancer
Vaccines do more harm than good

It can be hard to spot the risks among the myths. We are inundated with all sorts of ‘scientific evidence’ on a daily basis. Who should we trust? When should we get alarmed and take action? Epidemiology is the discipline that is supposed to provide answers to these health questions.

This public symposium will challenge participants’ ability to spot the real risks among the myths, explore drivers and consequences of the decreasing trends in immunisation in the Netherlands and Europe, and tease out recommendations for epidemiologists from a panel of global health experts from Africa, Asia, South America and the Netherlands.