People in the global health news - August 2019
July / August 2019 | Volume 18, Number 4
Lancet editor Horton receives Roux Prize
The Lancet editor
Dr. Richard Horton received the 2019 Roux Prize and was recognized as one of the world’s most “committed, articulate and influential advocates for population health.” The annual prize, administered by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, honors people on the front lines of global health innovation in data science.
Health attaché role for NIH’s Siddiqui
Dr. Sophia Siddiqui will be the new U.S. health attaché in South Africa. Siddiqui has been with NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 2002, where she led development of an infectious diseases network in Indonesia and directed implementation of an investigational Ebola drug in Mali.
Longtime grantee van der Horst dies
HIV researcher and Fogarty grantee
Dr. Charles van der Horst died in June during a marathon swim event in New York’s Hudson River. Before retiring from the University of North Carolina, van der Horst held grants through Fogarty’s Global Health Fellows and Scholars program and the AIDS/TB research training program.
New opportunity for Eye Institute director Sieving
Dr. Paul A. Sieving retired from the NIH in July to launch and direct a new Center for Ocular Regenerative Therapy at the University of California, Davis. Sieving led NIH’s National Eye Institute for almost 20 years and is known internationally for studies of retinal and macular neurodegeneration diseases.
Global health research recognition for Patel
Dr. Vikram Patel will receive the 2019 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Award for Global Health. A Harvard professor whose work is funded by NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health, Patel has developed and evaluated ways to bridge the treatment gap in low- and-middle-income countries, where there’s a lack
of trained providers.
Global malaria platform taps Diallo as CEO
The RBM Partnership to End Malaria tapped
Dr. Abdourahmane Diallo as its CEO. Diallo previously was minister and health advisor to the President of Guinea. Diallo has developed health and supply chain systems in more than 20 countries. The RBM Partnership is the largest global platform for coordinated action against malaria.
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