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University, government and philanthropic leaders converge in Seattle to advance global health
Date:9/9/2010

More than 40 partners from around the world will be attending the meeting, underscoring the crucial importance of international collaborations to the global health movement at universities.

"Through partnerships between U.S. academic institutions and those in the developing world, we are making research discoveries that improve human health, training the next generation of global health leaders and extending the frontiers of science," said Roger I. Glass, MD, PhD, director of the Fogarty International Center of the National Institute of Health.

Glass is among the more than 100 distinguished speakers at the conference, several of whom play key roles in the President's Global Health Initiative -- the $63 billion investment by the United States over six years to help partner countries improve health outcomes through strengthened health systems. Other speakers involved in this effort include Nils Daulaire, director of the Office of Global Health Affairs at Health & Human Services; Kevin DeCock, director of the Center for Global Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Margaret Hamburg, commissioner with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Heads of major research universities with leading global health programs, such as Mark Emmert, president of UW, and Susan Desmond-Hellmann, chancellor of UC San Francisco, will be on a panel discussing "the role of universities in global health." They will be joined by Tachi Yamada, president of the Global Health Program with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as Jean Pape from Haiti, who was recognized by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Anan in a ceremony honoring "heroes whose actions and courage make the world a better place."

Prominent speakers from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America will discuss emerging university global health consortia, including: Sir Andrew Haines, director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in England;
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