People in the News August 2008
July - August, 2008 | Volume 7, Issue 4
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Herrington sees Norway's health leaders
Dr. Jim Herrington, Fogarty's director of international relations, met with Norway's health leadership this summer to discuss expanding biomedical and biobehavioral research exchange programs with the United States. He also delivered a keynote address to a national meeting of medical deans. Herrington says the Research Council of Norway is interested in developing stronger ties with NIH.
Breman speaks at meeting in Egypt
Dr. Joel Breman, senior scientific advisor in Fogarty's Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies, addressed leading scientists at the BioVisionAlexandria conference in Egypt on the difficulties of translating knowledge about malaria to the most vulnerable BioVision populations. The speech and slide show Alexandria are available at: http://tinyurl.com/6gt9hd
Four Fogarty staff win director's awards
Dr. Karen Hofman, head of the Fogarty Division of International Science Policy, Planning and Evaluation (left) and program officer Dr. Barbara Sina, in the Division of International Training and Research, won NIH Director's Awards for their "exceptional leadership and commitment" in global health capacity-building.
Cherice Holloway, staff assistant in the Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies, won the award for "her superior skills in managing and disseminating"the collection of malaria articles in the Fogarty-edited supplements in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Center Executive Officer Timothy J. Tosten, was also cited for his leadership in the design and implementation of the NIH Administrative Fellows Program.
Photo: Keith Weller
AIDS group elects grantee
Dr. Chris Beyrer, director of the Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program at the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, has been elected to the governing council of the International AIDS Society.
The Society is the world's leading independent association of HIV/AIDS professionals and runs the International AIDS Conference, the largest regular conference on any health or development issue.
Expert on border risks published
Dr. Steffanie Strathdee, a Fogarty Framework grantee working on academic collaborations in global health, was featured in the Washington Post and other newspapers for her studies of AIDS transmission on both sides of the border between San Diego and Tijuana.
In connection with the 17th International AIDS Conference, she published two papers on the issue, and was quoted in the Post as calling the disease "the uninvited hitchhiker." http://tinyurl.com/6jymse and http://tinyurl.com/5fd5g4
Grantee chosen as HHMI investigator
Fogarty grantee Dr. Erich D. Jarvis, a neurobiologist at Duke University, has been selected from among 1,070 applicants to become a member of the 2008 class of Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators.
He joins 55 others with the distinction and will pursue work on the neurobiology of vocal communication in songbirds. Jarvis was the recipient of a 2005 NIH Pioneer Award and won a Fogarty International Research Collaboration Award grant on the same subject.
Harvard names new public health dean
The Harvard School of Public Health has named global health expert Dr. Julio Frenk as new dean, effective in January 2009. He will succeed Barry R. Bloom.
Frenk most recently was a senior fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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