Weekly Global Health Notices, 9/13/2010-9/17/2010 and beyond

OF PARTICULAR INTEREST:  Please note the 9/20/2010 abstract application deadline for the Global Health and Water Symposium at Brown University; more information below.

September 13, 2010:  Seminar


Biodiversity Loss and the Rise of Emerging Infectious Disease

Dr. Rick Ostfeld, Senior Scientist, The Cary Institute

Monday September 13
Sidney Frank Hall, Life Sciences Building, RM 220 (Nathan Marcuvitz Auditorium)

Hosted by Kate Smith, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (katherine_smith@brown.edu)

September 19, 2010:  Panel Discussion and Film (Global Health Council events in NYC)

Looking Back and Looking Ahead:

What Will It Take to Reach the Health MDGs?

Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010
3-5 pm
The Princeton Club
15 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

Panel Discussion examining lessons learned from investments in health systems strengthening and HIV/AIDS and its impact on helping to reach Millennium Development Goals for health and discussing what more is needed to realize the health related goals (vaccines, new tools, technologies.)


  • Dr. Mubashar Sheikh, Executive Director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance
  • Dr. Seth Berkely, President, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)
  • Dr. Christopher Elias, President and CEO, PATH
  • Dr. R.J. Simonds, Vice President, Program Innovation and Policy, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)

Refreshments following this event. Please RSVP here with your name and affiliation.

Vestergaard Frandsen, Global Health Council and AMREF

Present a film screening and discussion

“The Test”

Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010
6-7:30 pm
The Princeton Club
15 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

Please join the Global Health Council and partners for a film screening and discussion on an integrated care package that was able to transform the lives of a community in Kenya.

Introductory Remarks by: Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen, CEO of Vestergaard Frandsen SA

Viewing of Film

Panel Discussion following the screening.

Please RSVP here with your name and affiliation.

September 20, 2010:  Abstract Application Deadline — Global Health and Water Symposium at Brown University

Call for Abstracts:

We are now soliciting abstracts for a global health poster presentation session to be held on October 18, 2010, in conjunction with the Global Health and Water Symposium, sponsored by the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, in partnership with the Global Health Initiative, the Office of International Affairs, and the Framework in Global Health.

Prof. Kellogg Schwab, the Director of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Water and Health, will be the keynote speaker.  Abstracts should highlight global health (with special consideration being given to projects that demonstrate innovative approaches to water and health).  Ten abstracts will be selected for poster presentation, and the best poster will receive a prize of a $500 gift certificate to the Brown University Bookstore. Abstracts are limited to 300 words and are due to the Global Health Initiative office by Monday, September 20, 2010:  e-mail <globalhealth@brown.edu>.  Successful submissions will be announced on Thursday, September 30, and posters will be presented at the symposium on Monday, October 18.  Please contact the Global Health Initiative office with any questions, <globalhealth@brown.edu> or 863-6053.  An abstract template is can be obtained by e-mailing <globalhealth@brown.edu>.

September 20, 2010:  Galkin Lecture
14th Annual Paul J. Galkin Lecture Carlos del Rio, MD

Director, Emory University Global Health Institute

The Emerging Epidemics of HIV, Hepatitis and TB in the Republic of Georgia

Monday, September 20, 2010

4:00 pm

Brown University

Starr Auditorium, MacMillan Hall 117

September 20-21, 2010:  CUGH Conference

Please join us for the 2nd annual meeting of the
Consortium of Universities for Global Health

Interdisciplinary Science in Global Health:
Formation and Transformation
September 20-21, 2010
University of Washington, Seattle

Inquiries may be sent to info@cugh.org

September 30, 2010:  Thesis Defense


Division of Biology and Medicine

Graduate Programs in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Health Services Research

“Expanding Access to Antiretroviral Therapy in Southern Africa and India: Implications for

HIV Prevention and Care Delivery in Resource-limited Settings”

Dissertation Defense

Kartik Kailas Venkatesh

PhD Candidate in Epidemiology

Thursday, September 30, 2010

4:00 – 6:00 pm

121 South Main Street

Room 245

October 1, 2010:  Health Literacy Summit

On October 1, 2010 from 8:00 am – 11:00 am at Women & Infants Hospital South Pavilion, state and national leaders will come together to recognize the important connection between literacy and health.

We will be announcing the results of our recently completed study and the success of a unique radio program (ESCUCHE) in Rhode Island.  As a collaborative partnership between Women & Infants Hospital and Latino Public Radio, Dr. Maureen Phipps and Dr. Pablo Rodriguez developed and led the NIH-funded ESCUCHE Project.  Working with the community, the goal of the ESCUCHE Program was to improve health and science literacy in the Latino community.

We are delighted to present as our keynote speaker Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education in the Obama administration.  She will address the topic of adult literacy and its relationship to health.  Prior to her position in the United States Department of Education, Dr. Dann-Messier served as the President of Dorcas Place a community-based adult education agency based in Providence, Rhode Island.

We are also honored to host as our other keynote speaker Angelo Falcón, President of the National Institute for Latino Policy, who will talk about national policy implications surrounding the importance of addressing health and science literacy.   Angelo Falcón is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Columbia University School of Public and International Affairs (S.I.P.A.). He has been able to combine academic and policy research with an aggressive advocacy style based on broad coalition-building and community organizing.

Please join us on Friday, October 1st, 2010 from 8:00 am – 11:00 am at Women & Infants Hospital South Pavilion, Auditoriums 3 and 4.  Breakfast will be served at 8 am.

Please RSVP to Crystal Jocelyn cjocelyn@wihri.org or 274-1122 x2855.

October 1, 2010: Global Health Idea Incubator Workshop, Yale University

Global Health Idea Incubator Workshop


Do you have an idea for a program, project, or organization? Unite For Sight’s Founder and CEO will hold a 1/2-day workshop to help you develop and launch your idea. The workshop will focus on effective healthcare delivery and the importance of best practices in global health, successful strategies of social innovation and social entrepreneurship, and mentoring and guidance on how to establish new initiatives and organizations. The workshop will be a small, intimate roundtable forum.

  • Who: Students and professionals are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will have demonstrated an interest in global health.
  • When: Two upcoming date options are Friday, September 24 (1:00-6:00pm) and Friday, October 1 (1:00-6:00pm).  Both workshops are the same, and you may select one of the date options.
  • Where: Unite For Sight headquarters in downtown New Haven (across the street from Yale’s Whitney Humanities Center)
  • How to apply: Submit a resume and a short essay (suggested length of 300-500 words) that describes your interest in the workshop and past involvement in global health (if any).  Complete workshop details and application instructions online athttp://www.uniteforsight.org/global-health-university/global-health-workshop

October 1, 2010:  Application Deadline — CFAR Developmental Grants Program

CFAR Developmental Grants Program
Fall 2010
Request for Applications

The CFAR Developmental Grants Program provides support for three types of AIDS biomedical and behavioral research projects:

§  Initial AIDS Research Projects

§  Pilot Projects testing new or innovative ideas

§  Collaborative Projects

The goal of the CFAR developmental program is to enable the grantee to obtain sufficient original data to achieve NIH research funding in his/her area of investigation.

We are strongly encouraging applications that include cross-campus (Tufts and Brown) or interdepartmental collaborations and/or utilization of services from more than one core (HIV & Women, Prevention Science, Nutrition Metabolism & GI, and Outcomes & Biostatistics).

All applicants must have a full-time appointment at either Brown University or Tufts University at the rank of Assistant Professor or greater.

§  Each award of up to $40,000 is granted for one year.

§  If your project involves a foreign component or takes place in a foreign institution, foreign IRB approval must be granted prior to submission of application.

§  If you are applying for either a pilot or collaborative project please review the guidelines regarding eligibility and submit required documents to John Coffin (John.Coffin@tufts.edu).

§  Applications for this award cycle are due October 1, 2010. Up to four awards will be granted during this cycle.

§  Awards will be announced and awarded December 1, 2010.

For an application or more detailed information, please visit our website at http://www.lifespan.org/cfar/developmental-awards.html

Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research

CFAR/RISE Building, 164 Summit Avenue, Providence, RI 02906

Tel: 401 793-4068 · Fax: 401 793-4704

Email: vgodleski@lifespan.org

October 7, 2010:  Proposal Deadline — 2011 Innovations in Women’s Health RESEARCH Seed Grant

The Brown University / Women & Infants Hospital National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health is pleased to announce the Request for Proposals for the 2011 Innovations in Women’s Health RESEARCH Seed Grant program.

Please see attached document for complete details, eligibility requirements and application deadline.  Visit www.womenshealthri.org to view past Seed Grant awardees and project titles.  Questions regarding the seed grant program can be directed to Denise Flinn (contact information listed below).

Thank you.

Maureen G. Phipps, MD, MPH

Director, Brown University/Women & Infants Hospital Center of Excellence in Women’s Health

Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Women & Infants Hospital

Director, Research Division, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Women & Infants Hospital

Associate Professor, Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Community Health

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University


The 2010 Center of Excellence in Women’s Health seed grant initiative was supported by The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Office of the Dean, Departments of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Surgery, Family Medicine, Community Health and the Brown Program in Public Health.  We anticipate continued support for the 2011 Seed Grant Program with additional support from other clinical departments.  Please note that award recipients must have a faculty appointment at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, however, they do not need to be affiliated with the contributing academic departments.

October 18, 2010:  Global Health and Water Symposium

Campus location and additional details to come–here is a preview of the day’s events:

3:00 p.m.          Global Health Poster session (See Call for Abstracts, listed above)
4:00 p.m.          Keynote Speaker
Professor Kellogg Schwab
Director, Center for Water and Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
5:00 p.m.          Theater piece on Water and Global Health

SAVE THE DATE!  CFAR Joint Symposium on HIV Research in Women, October 27-28, 2010

The second Center for AIDS Research Joint Symposium on HIV Research in Women will be held in Chicago, October 27-28, 2010, partnering with the WIHS meeting.   It will be hosted by the Chicago D-CFAR (Rush University Medical Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Cook County Bureau of Health Services).  The workshop aims to bring together investigators involved in HIV research in women to generate collaborative activities between CFARs and other research networks, highlight cutting-edge science, identify research gaps related to HIV and women, and promote opportunities for young investigators.

Sessions to include:

HIV across the Lifecycle

Treatment and Co-morbidities

Primary Prevention of HIV in Women

Abstracts will be solicited through the CFAR network.

For more information, email hivwomen@uw.edu.

More information will be coming as it is available.


Lauren Sterling

Program Coordinator

Center for AIDS Research

Developmental and International Cores

Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research Award Program

email: laurenst@u.washington.edu

phone: 206.744.8876

mail: 325 9th Ave, Box 359931, Seattle, WA 98105

location: 1369.2 Ninth and Jefferson Building, 908 Jefferson, Seattle, WA 98104

November 2, 2010:  Proposal Deadline — Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Grand Challenges Explorations

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for
Round 6 of Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage
innovative and unconventional global health solutions. Applicants can be
at any experience level, in any discipline, and from any organization,
including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research
institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies.

Grant proposals are being accepted online until November 2, 2010 on the
following topics:

  • New! The Poliovirus Endgame: Create Ways to Accelerate, Sustain and Monitor Eradication
  • New!  Create the Next Generation of Sanitation Technologies
  • New!  Design New Approaches to Cure HIV Infection
  • Create New Technologies to improve the Health of Mothers and Newborns
  • Create Low-Cost Cell Phone-Based Applications for Priority Global Health Diseases

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise
will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1
million.  Full descriptions of the new topics and application
instructions are available at:

We are looking forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the
world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, apply. If you
know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this

Thank you for your commitment to solving the world’s greatest health

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

November 19-20, 2010:  Seminar

Two day seminar “The Forgotten Epidemic” HIV/AIDS: Crisis in Black America

Membership Opportunity:  Global Health Council


Brown University, Warren Alpert Medical School is pleased to be an organizational member of the Global Health Council, the world’s largest membership alliance dedicated to saving lives by improving health throughout the world. Our membership enables you to become an associate member of the Global Health Council at no charge. This free membership provides you with a number of benefits which are outlined here.  By signing up you will be able to keep tabs on the latest events and news in global health.

Add your voice to support improved global health. Sign up is quick and easy, so join today.

To Enroll
Go to: https://my.globalhealth.org and select First Visit.
Important: Please be sure to select Brown University, Warren Alpert Medical School in the company drop down menu to ensure you receive the complimentary membership.

Important: After you have provided basic information, you need to click on “Sign up for Individual Membership”.  This will take you to a page which reviews your details; on the bottom of this page be sure to select the button “Activate Free Associate Membership”.

You also are entitled to receive 50% off a print subscription to the magazine Global Health. This can be found at: http://www.globalhealthmagazine.com/subscribe/.

Questions? Contact the Global Health Council at membership@globalhealth.org

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