March 24, 2006

Lectures set for World Health Week

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Gordon Bernard, M.D., assistant vice chancellor for Research, center, talks with nurses Tonya Yarbrough, left, and Terri Hagan about the research nurses career advancement program.
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Lectures set for World Health Week

New vaccines, family planning and strengthening agriculture will be discussed next week during Vanderbilt University Medical Center's annual World Health Week observance.

The four lectures, sponsored by the School of Medicine and School of Nursing Committee on International Medical Education, will begin at noon in 208 Light Hall on the following days:

• Tuesday, March 28

“Accelerating new vaccine introduction in the developing world,” Kathy Neuzil, M.D., M.P.H., senior clinical adviser for the non-profit Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) in Seattle, and a former researcher at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

• Wednesday, March 29

“Contraception/HIV links: What we know about the overlapping fields of family planning and HIV prevention,” Willard Cates Jr., M.D., M.P.H., president and CEO of Family Health International's Institute for Family Health. Cates, who formerly directed the Division of STD/HIV Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also chairs the executive committee of the National Institutes of Health's HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN).

• Thursday, March 30

“Go to the People,” Keith Flanagan, D.V.M., International Veterinary Program coordinator for the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture. Flanagan coordinates a program aimed at eradicating classical swine fever and strengthening the agriculture infrastructure in Haiti.

• Friday, March 31

"Beyond Stereotypes: The Feminization of the HIV Pandemic," Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Ph.D., associate professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Abdool Karim directs the Columbia University-Southern African Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP), and the Women and AIDS program at CAPRISA (Center for the AIDS Program of Research in South Africa).

World Health Week was established in 1988 by a group of students to provide a forum for discussing world health and international medicine. The Committee on International Medical Education also sponsors lectures throughout the year and facilitates training opportunities for students in other countries.