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New lecture series features ethics and global health

Staff Report

While medical advances and public health measures have produced impressive achievements in global health in the past century, these improvements have been accompanied by a widening inequality in health status within and between countries. New challenges also have arisen, particularly the increasing risk of the international spread of infectious disease.

This semester, the new Center for Global Health, the Faculty Senate and the Institute for Practical Ethics are sponsoring a series of University-wide lectures and panel discussions to focus the University community’s attention on several wide-ranging global health issues.

The series, which features guest speakers and University faculty members who work in international settings, provides a general introduction to the complex socioeconomic, political and cultural dimensions involved in improving health status in countries around the world. The lectures also will serve as the foundation for a one-credit, 300-level course, Ethics and Global Health. All lectures are open to the public.

“This is an exciting opportunity to learn about global health issues and ethics from internationally distinguished people who care about world health,” said Dr. Richard L. Guerrant, director of the Center for Global Health and Thomas H. Hunter Professor of International Medicine. “We are bringing together leaders in global health fields from U.Va. and from abroad for a student and public forum. I encourage our community to come and learn about the issues and ethics involving international health, one of the most important global issues of our time.”

The Center for Global Health, inaugurated last fall, is developing multidisciplinary global health projects with several schools and departments University-wide, including law, biology, environmental sciences, education, public policy and many other areas.

The center has three primary goals: to establish fellowships for foreign students in a variety of disciplines; to provide scholarships for U.Va. students and faculty to work on health issues in other countries; and to develop an interdisciplinary curriculum on global health. The lectures are part of these collaborative efforts.

The lecture schedule follows:

Feb. 19
• 7 p.m., Wilson Hall 402
Humanitarian Relief in International Emergencies: The Case of Afghanistan
William Garvelink, U.S. Agency for International Development, Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs; and Ronald W. Waldman, Program on Forced Migration, Columbia University School of Public Health

March 26
• 7 p.m., Wilson Hall 402
Stopping War for Health
Don Hopkins, associate executive director, Control and Eradication of Disease Programs, The Carter Center

April 2
• 7 p.m., Wilson Hall 402
International Research: Ethical
Challenges
Adnan Hyder, M.D., Ph.D., International Health Consultant, World Health Organization, Pakistan Ministry of Health Medical Research Council

April 9
• 7 p.m. Wilson Hall 402
Global Health, Genetics and
Biotechnology
Robert Cook-Deegan, Ph.D., Institute of Medicine and author of The Gene Wars: Science, Politics and the Human Genome;
Darren Shickle, M.D., Ph.D., University of Sheffield, England

April 23
• 7 p.m., Wilson Hall 402
Novel Detection Methods for Global Health Threats
David Relman, associate professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology, Stanford University

 


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