People in the news - November 2018
November / December 2018 | Volume 17, Number 6
Bridbord retires, becomes senior scientist emeritus
After 46 years of government service,
Dr. Ken Bridbord has retired, but remains with Fogarty as senior scientist emeritus. His contributions include conceiving Fogarty’s AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP), which has trained more than 2,000 scientists in developing countries, and working on efforts to remove lead from gasoline in the 1970s.
Breman chosen for ASTMH leadership
Fogarty senior scientist emeritus
Dr. Joel Breman has been selected as president-elect of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). Breman, who was among the first class of ASTMH Fellows, is internationally known for his work on Ebola, smallpox, malaria and other diseases. The current president is Fogarty grantee Dr. Chandy John, pediatrics professor and director of the Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Disease and Global Health at Indiana University.
Fogarty advisor El-Sadr honored
Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, a Fogarty advisory board member, has been recognized by the New York Academy of Medicine for leadership in addressing HIV and other global health threats, and strengthening health systems worldwide. El-Sadr, of Columbia University, received the Stephen Smith Award for Distinguished Contributions in Public Health.
Daszak elected into National Academy of Medicine
Former Fogarty grantee
Dr. Peter Daszak has been elected into the National Academy of Medicine. President of the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance, Daszak was recognized for identifying the origin and drivers of emerging diseases, and producing the first map of disease hotspots using sophisticated ecological, socio-economic and environmental methods.
Photo courtesy of the EcoHealth Alliance
Schiff receives NIH award for innovative research
As part of NIH’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program,
Dr. Steven Schiff received an NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award to explore a novel paradigm to treat infectious disease - the use of predictive modeling to forecast point-of-care treatment. Fogarty helped support Schiff’s earlier work studying sepsis and hydrocephalus in Africa.
New Head for NIH Complementary, Integrative Health
Dr. Helene M. Langevin was tapped to lead NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Langevin has been director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, which is jointly based at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on the role of non-pharmacological pain treatment.
New post for global health executive Benn
Dr. Christoph Benn has assumed a new role as Director for Global Health Diplomacy with the Joep Lange Institute, where he will focus on developing sustainable health financing models. Benn currently is combining the position with his work as senior advisor at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Photo courtesy of the Global Fund
Gonsalves among 2018 MacArthur Fellows
Epidemiologist and global health advocate
Dr. Gregg Gonsalves has received a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. A longtime advocate for the HIV/AIDS community and other causes, he co-founded the Global Health Justice Partnership, a project of Yale University’s Law School and School of Public Health to foster collaboration on research, policy projects and academic exchanges.
Photo courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
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