Bill Gates presented Barmes Global Health Lecture

On Monday, December 2, 2013, on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) and the Fogarty International Center presented the David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture:

Bill Gates administers polio vaccine to baby, held by mother, another man and woman look on
Photo courtesy of the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation / Prashant Panjiar

Bill Gates presented the 2013 Barmes global health
lecture at NIH. The Gates Foundation works to
improve international public health through the
development of vaccines and other efforts.

Why the Future Needs
Biomedical Innovation

By Bill Gates
Co-chair and Trustee of the
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

About Bill Gates

Known for his philanthropy, Mr. Gates advocates for research and innovation to help people live healthy and productive lives. He is also an outspoken supporter of federal investment in basic scientific research.

In 2000, he and his wife Melinda established the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve international public health through the development of vaccines, therapies, diagnostics, agricultural products, and other technologies and to partner with the private and public sectors to ensure that these technologies can be delivered successfully to the people who need them. In the United States, the Gates Foundation supports innovations that improve public education. To date, the Gates Foundation has invested $27.6 billion in grants.

The Gates Foundation also partners with the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) to support global health research. Through this collaboration, ongoing programs are studying diseases such as malaria, enteric infections, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS, as well as training researchers and medical personnel in the developing world.

About the Barmes Global Health Lecture

The David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture series honors the late David Edward Barmes, special expert for international health in the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).

Prior to joining NIDCR, Dr. Barmes, a public health dentist and epidemiologist by training, served in senior management positions related to oral health, health promotion, and non-communicable diseases at the World Health Organization in Geneva. The lecture series was established by the NIDCR and Fogarty in 2001 to honor his lifelong dedication to research aimed at improving health for those in low-income countries.

Updated December 3, 2013

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