Lora E Fleming is a physician and epidemiologist with expertise in Oceans and Human Health based at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (University of Exeter Medical School). The research and training at the European Centre is focused on an interdisciplinary approach to the interactions between the health of both humans and the environment. She has co-organized international meetings and co-edited two textbooks and numerous articles dealing with Oceans and Human Health. She is a member of Global HAB with particular emphasis on human health and wellbeing; and she recieved the Ocean and Human Awards from the Edouard Delcroix Foundation and the IOC Bruun Award. Prof Fleming is leading the H2020 funded BlueHealth Project and a new H2020 funded Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe (SOPHIE) Project to establish a network and create a strategic research agenda for Oceans and Human Health in Europe and beyond.
Prof Fleming believes that the future health and wellbeing of humans rests on the health of ecosystems, particularly the global ocean. As a physician and epidemiologist with expertise in public health, she has spent over 30 years trying to bring the marine/environmental and biomedical/human health communities together to focus on the next step of Planetary Health to include the health of both humans and ecosystems in its vision.