Global Health Events, 9/27/2010 – 10/1/2010 and beyond…

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

September 30, 2010:  UNITE FOR SIGHT Conference Abstract Deadline

You and your colleagues may be interested in attending or presenting at Unite For Sight’s Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale.  Please feel free to forward this announcement to those who may be interested in attending or presenting. The registration rate increases after September 30, and the abstract deadline is also September 30.

GH/Innovate 2011
Global Health & Innovation Conference
Presented by Unite For Sight, 8th Annual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Saturday, April 16 – Sunday, April 17, 2011

“A Meeting of Minds”–CNN

Unite For Sight’s must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, and participants from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.  The conference convenes 2,200 people from all 50 states and from 50 countries.

Conference registration is now open. Register by September 30 to secure the lowest registration rate. The registration rate increases after September 30.

Interested in presenting at the conference? We have two types of presentation opportunities.

  • Call For Abstracts: Do you have an abstract for oral or poster presentation?  Submit your abstract for presentation.  The final abstract deadline is September 30, 2010.  Complete details are on the conference website.
  • Call For Social Enterprise Pitches: Do you have an innovative idea or a new program in development?  Submit your idea for presentation.  Social enterprise pitches are accepted on a rolling application deadline, and the first quality pitches will be accepted for oral presentation.  When the social enterprise pitch spots are filled to capacity, applications will no longer be accepted.  See social enterprise pitch instructions on the conference website.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Victoria Hale, PhD, Founder of Medicines360; Founder and Chair Emeritus, OneWorld Health

Jeffrey Sachs, PhD, Director of Earth Institute at Columbia University; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University; Special Advisor to Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon

Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, MD, MPH, Director of Health, Millennium Village Project, Earth Institute at Columbia University

More keynote speakers to be announced

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 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 at

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 (

§  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

Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research

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

Tel: 401 793-4068 · Fax: 401 793-4704


October 6, 2010:  Center of Biomedical Research Excellence for Perinatal Biology WIHRI Research Symposium

COBRE Investigator Presentations
9:15 am – 2:45 pm

Invited Speaker Presentations
“Cardiac Disease and the Contractile Proteins”
3:00 pm – 3:50 pm
Jeffrey Robbins, Ph.D.
Executive Co-Director, Heart Institute
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

“Innate Immune Protection in the Human Female Reproductive Tract against HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases”
3:55 pm.-4:45 pm
Charles Wira, Ph.D.
Professor of Physiology
Dartmouth Medical School

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Providence Courtyard Marriott
32 Exchange Terrace at Memorial Blvd
Providence,RI 02903

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 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

All activities take place in Starr Auditorium/Macmillan Hall.

3:00 p.m.      Global Health Poster session (Lobby area)

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:  A Dramatic Reading of A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick by playwright Kia Corthron


October 19, 2010:  Danish Health Minister Speaks at Brown

“Health Care: Perspectives on Priorities in Denmark and the European Union”

A Lecture by Danish Health Minister Bertel Haarder

With changing demographics and the growth of the health care industry, prioritization of resources becomes paramount. Danish Health Minister Bertel Haarder will offer a Danish perspective on priorities in health care as a product of the democratic decision making process. He will cover the process whereby the European Union harmonizes European priorities in health care and provide his perspective on the challenges to addressing inequalities in health care delivery across European Union member countries.

The Minister will speak at noon on Tuesday, October 19, 2010, in the Joukowsky Forum at the Watson Institute for International Studies, 111 Thayer Street. Lunch will be provided.

His talk is co-sponsored by the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) and by Brown University’s Global Health Initiative, Office of International Programs, Program in Liberal Medical Education, and the Watson Institute for International Studies.

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

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


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 12, 2010:  MGH Center for Global Health Inaugural Symposium

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Broadening the Response:
The Role of Academic Medical Centers in Global Health

Please join us on November 12, 2010 for our inaugural symposium. Featured speakers and guests include:

• Paul Farmer, MD, PhD
Co-Founder, Partners in Health

• U.S. Ambassador Eric Goosby
Global AIDS Coordinator

• Walter T. Gwenigale, MD
Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Liberia

• U.S. Senator John F. Kerry
Chairman, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Register for the symposium

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: 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:

Questions? Contact the Global Health Council at

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