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People in the news February 2010

February 2010 | Volume 9, Issue 1

Robson honored by ASPH, Pfizer

Fogarty grantee Dr. Mark Gregory Robson has been presented the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) Pfizer Teaching Excellence Award. Robson is principal investigator at a Fogarty facility in Bangkok, Thailand, testing the consequences of pesticide use. He is dean of agricultural and urban programs and professor of entomology at Rutgers University's School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and a professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

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Dr. Mark Gregory Robson


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Dr. Cora Lewis

Dr. Cora Lewis receives Alumnus Award

Fogarty collaborator Dr. Cora Lewis has received the 2010 Alumnus Award for Scientific Excellence from the University of Alabama’s School of Public Health. Lewis, a University of Alabama professor whose research focuses on epidemiologic methodology and long-term studies that measure body composition and bone density, lifestyle assessments and other health factors. She serves on the university’s International Clinical, Operational and Health Services Research Training Award, in India, which is funded by Fogarty.


Eiss publishes on product development for neglected diseases

Robert Eiss, Fogarty’s senior public health advisor, published an article titled "Novel Approaches to Product Development for Neglected Diseases" in the January 2010 issue of the Society for Technology Management biannual newsletter. Eiss explores the importance of strategic financial commitments from public agencies, philanthropies and industry in the context of increased public-private partnerships, detailing practical issues in negotiating product development agreements that will determine how rights are shared and exercised, balancing private incentives against access for those in need.

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Robert Eiss


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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary Clinton fervent on women’s global health issues

"When women and girls have the tools to stay healthy, and the opportunity to contribute to their families' well being, they flourish and so do the people around them," said Secretary Clinton in January at a State Department commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development. She spoke of integrating specific women's issues into the Global Health Initiative and Global Food Security Initiative, two efforts that will help countries strengthen their own health systems.

"Global rates of maternal mortality remain perilously high," said Clinton, who elaborated on problems that claim or ruin millions of women's lives worldwide: sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, unsafe abortions, fistula, and female genital mutilation.

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