Phil Hanlon is Emeritus Professor of Public Health at Glasgow University. He graduated in medicine from Glasgow University and, following clinical experience and a research post in the Gambia, found the true focus for his career - public health and, in particular, the challenge of improving health in Scotland. He has pursued that interest through a variety of service and academic public health posts, but the successes and frustration associated with this work led him, six years ago, to seek fresh insights into some of Scotland’s most intractable health problems.
The result has been the ‘Afternow’ project which asks ‘What’s next for the health of society’. The findings from the Afternow project pose a set of challenges that Scotland (and indeed the rest of the world) urgently needs to address.