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Gapminder's Hans Rosling Brings Poverty, Health Data to Life at Wilson Center

WASHINGTON, May 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- See health and economic data like you've never seen it before. Using his innovative Trendalyzer animation program, statistics guru Hans Rosling will show how reproductive health affects poverty, maternal mortality, and other development data. He will also illustrate how the convergence of conditions around the world has made the division of countries into "Western" and "developing" categories an outdated concept.

On Tuesday, May 26, at 3:00 p.m. at the Wilson Center, Rosling will bring global health and population data to life using the Trendalyzer visualization software. In 2007, Trendalyzer was bought by Google, which has recently launched a new data search feature that uses the software.

Rosling's dynamic presentations showing international statistics as moving, interactive graphics have been highlights at international conferences, including the visionary technology summit TED:

Rosling is a professor of international health at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and director of the Gapminder Foundation, which developed Trendalyzer. While serving as a district medical officer in northern Mozambique from 1979-1981, he discovered konzo, a formerly unrecognized paralytic disease that is induced by hunger and badly processed cassava.

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What: Data in Motion: 25 Years of Demographic and Health Surveys

Who: Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health, Karolinska Institutet, and Director, Gapminder Foundation

When: Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 3 - 5 p.m.

Reception to follow

Where: Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Flom Auditorium

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Media planning to cover the event should contact Sharon McCarter at (202) 691-4016 or

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs.

Since 1994, the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program has explored the connections among environmental challenges and their links to conflict and security.

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