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HSPH Dean Barry R. Bloom to receive honorary doctorate from Erasmus University Rotterdam
Date:11/8/2007

Boston, MA Barry R. Bloom, PhD, Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), will receive today an Honorary Doctorate from Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

The University annually awards one or more honorary doctorates to mark its founding, a celebration called Dies Natalis. Last years awardees were Professor Sir Clive W.J. Granger, who shared the 2003 Nobel Prize in Economics, and Professor Arnold Zellner, a leading American economist and statistician. For a list of previous recipients of honorary doctorates from the University, see http://www.eur.nl/english/eur/honorary/awards/

Dean Bloom, an internationally recognized expert in immunology and infectious diseases, is a leader in global health policy as a member of scientific advisory boards for the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, independent foundations, and as a former consultant to the White House on international health policy. He continues to pursue an active interest in bench science as the principal investigator of a laboratory researching the immune response to tuberculosis, a disease that claims more than two million people each year. Dean Bloom is also Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Professor of Public Health.

In a letter to Dean Bloom, Professor Steven W.J. Lamberts, Rector Magnificus at Erasmus University Rotterdam, wrote that the Doctorate Board was conferring the honorary doctorate, in recognition of your outstanding studies on the immune response in tuberculosis, in particular of its genetic control, and on your work on various techniques in vaccine development. You are also honored for your towering contribution to international health and leadership in public health education. The position of Rector Magnificus is comparable to a university's Chancellor.

The ceremony will take place at Erasmus U
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Contact: Christina Roache
croache@hsph.harvard.edu
617-432-6052
Harvard School of Public Health
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