April 20, 2011: Talk by Dr. Eli Adashi

April 20, 2011: Global Health & Medicine Lecture

The President’s Global Health Initiative

Dr. Eli Adashi
Professor of Medical Science, Immediate Past Dean of Medicine & Biological Sciences and Frank L. Day Professor of Biology, Brown University

April 20, 2011
5 – 6:30 PM
BioMed Center 291 (Eddy Auditorium)

All are welcome!

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Weekly Global Health Notices, 2/7/2011 – 2/11/2011 and beyond

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February 8, 2011: Talk

Global Health Noon Conference
(Brown Residency International/Global Health Training)

The President’s Global Health Initiative

Dr. Eli Adashi
Professor of Medical Science,
Immediate Past Dean of Medicine & Biological Sciences & Frank L. Day Professor of Biology, Brown University

February 8, 2011
Nursing Arts 5
Rhode Island Hospital
All are welcome

February 10, 2011: Population Studies and Training Center Talk

Thursday, February 10, Les Roberts of Columbia University will be at the PSTC as part of the Spring Colloquia Series. His talk is entitled “Controversies Around Calculating Civilian Deaths in Iraq” and will be held at 12:00 noon in the Seminar Room – Mencoff Hall at 68 Waterman St.

Les Roberts received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 1992. He had a post-doctorate fellowship in epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he worked for 4 years. In 1994, he worked as an epidemiologist for the World Health Organization in Rwanda during their civil war. Les was Director of Health Policy at the International Rescue Committee from Dec. 2000 until April of 2003. Les had led over 50 surveys in 17 countries, mostly measuring mortality in times of war. In recent years he has taken part in studies to measure mortality in DR Congo, Iraq, and Zimbabwe. His present research is focused on developing methods to document the incidence of rape. Professor Roberts’ past work has focused on two areas—1) problems associated with inadequate water and sanitation facilities, and 2) the effects of forced migration and conflict on human health. Roberts has conducted over 30 mortality surveys in the midst of raging conflict and has designed and taken part in four randomized trials of water or hygiene interventions in refugee settlements. His studies have provided the basis for significant, life-saving interventions.

Please contact Susan Silveira if you would like to arrange a meeting with next week’s speaker.

Coffee and bread will be available at 10:00 in the seminar room.

February 11, 2011:  Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies Talk

February 11, 2011:  Working Group on Anthropology and Population Talk
Friday, February 11, The Working Group on Anthropology and Population Seminar Series
will welcome:

Sarah Lamb, Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University

Her talk is entitled: “Personhood, Appropriate Dependence, and the Rise of Market-Based Elder Care in India and will be held at 12:00 noon in Room 212 of Giddings Hall, located at 128 Hope Street.

Sarah Lamb is Professor and Chair of the Anthropology Department at Brandeis University and Co-Chair of the South Asian Studies Program. She is the author of White Saris and Sweet Mangoes: Aging, Gender and Body in India (2000) and Aging and the Indian Diaspora: Cosmopolitan Families in India and Abroad (2009).

In this talk, Lamb examines the remarkable emergence of elder-care institutions in the major Indian city of Kolkata, focusing in particular on how the notion of life-long intergenerational reciprocity within the family is transforming to the paying for care on the market, with concomitant shifts in ideas of personhood and appropriate dependence and independence over the life course. If one pays for care, the notion is of a more independent and individuated person. Yet, still, forms of appropriate dependence and other core dimensions of more conventional Indian models of aging are being highlighted and maintained by those participating in market-based elder care in India, revealing how globalizing institutions take on profoundly unique meanings and shapes across cultural, political-economic and historical contexts. Through her work, Lamb aims to illuminate how questions of appropriate elder care and elder living pertain not merely to the more practical matter of how to support an aging population as nations face the dramatic demographic shifts of the twenty-first century, but more broadly and profoundly to understandings of what it is to be a person and how best to live.
Lunch will be served.

February 11, 2011:  Deadline for Brown Global Health BIARI applications

International Affairs at Brown University has announced the third annual Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI).   In 2009 and 2010, Brown University inaugurated the BIARI, a major faculty development initiative to convene high-level academic Institutes on Brown’s campus each summer. Organized by discipline and designed and run by recognized scholars, each Institute addresses the canonical and cutting-edge questions of the field, and contributes to building the next generation of a transnational academic community.  These programs provide a forum for early career scholars and practitioners from the global south to participate in a high-level academic forum devoted to the study of global affairs, bringing together young faculty and practitioners from around the world to address pressing global issues through innovative and collaborative research and pedagogy.

In June, 2011, Brown University will host the first BIARI on Global Health, which will be devoted specifically to the interdisciplinary study of HIV/AIDS.  At this time, we seek applications from eligible participants from academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, clinical settings, and other scholars or practitioners working in the field of HIV/AIDS in the global south.  The institute will run from June 13-24, 2011 on the campus of Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.  Further information about the Global Health Institute is available online at http://brown.edu/Administration/International_Affairs/initiative/index.html

Applications will be accepted online through February 11, 2011.  The application form can be accessed via the link below, or via the BIARI website.  http://brown.edu/Administration/International_Affairs/initiative/apply2011.html

At this time, we request your assistance in forwarding this announcement to appropriate participants, or any others who may be able to assist in identifying suitable candidates.

February 11, 2011:  Deadline for Pfizer Fellowship applications

Through Medical & Academic Partnerships (MAP), Pfizer is pleased to support the career development and promotion of talented junior physician-scientists or researchers through their Fellowship programs. These nationally competitive awards support talented postdoctoral researchers early in their careers.

Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis with grant payments typically beginning in July of each year for 2 years. Award recipients are selected by an independent academic advisory board of prominent medical academicians specific to that program’s therapeutic area or discipline.

Please visit each specific program page for additional details:

February 11, 2011:  Abstract submission deadline

Complete Panels – Online Abstract Submission Now Open:
Deadline February 11, 2011

The Global Health Council’s 38th Annual International Conference on Global Health:
Securing a Healthier Future in a Changing World
If current demographic changes continue, the average age will be older in most parts of the world than it is today, more people will live in cities, and population growth will have slowed throughout the world except in Africa. These trends naturally result in changes in the burden of disease, most notably a transition from infectious to non-communicable diseases, from acute to chronic disease.

The Council seeks five types of abstract this year:

Individual Research Abstract
Individual Program Evaluation Abstract
New Investigators in Global Health Research Abstract
New Investigators in Global Health Program Evaluation Abstract
Complete Panel Abstract – NOW OPEN

In all submissions, the Council seeks abstracts that demonstrate best practices with an emphasis on measurable results, evidence-based policies, and the latest findings on the cutting edge
of research.

Submission Deadlines

Abstracts must be submitted by 11:59 pm as follows:

Complete Panel Abstracts | Friday, Feb. 11, 2011

Important Links


For abstract-related questions, please e-mail abstract@globalhealth.org. For all other conference inquiries, please email conference@globalhealth.org.

February 16, 2011:  Doctoral Dissertation Defense

Please mark your calendar for the doctoral dissertation defense of Ann Mwangi, PhD Candidate in Biostatistics. Ann’s presentation, “Addressing Selection Bias in Observational Event History Data, with Application to HIV Data from Western Africa” will take place on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, at 10am, 121 S Main Street, room 245.

All are welcome, and Community Health faculty and students are particularly encouraged to attend.

Susan M. Furtado
Academic Program Manager
Department of Community Health
(401) 863-3681

February 21, 2011:  Deadline for MGH Global Health Fellowship Applications

Request for Proposals: Fellowships in Global Health

The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health (CGH) is pleased to announce two fellowships in global health: The Durant Fellowship in Refugee Medicine and the MGH Global Health Fellowship.

All applications are due by February 21, 2011

The Durant Fellowship in Refugee Medicine:
The Durant Fellowship in Refugee Medicine sponsors health care professionals to serve refugee populations and victims of complex humanitarian disasters. Fellowships include field work for three months up to one year. This Fellowship fosters in its recipients a sense of commitment to populations in distress and to provide education to aid in the prevention and treatment of disease in refugee populations. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with one of the nongovernmental organizations affiliated with the Durant Fellowship such as American Refugee Committee, or Concern Worldwide. The Durant Fellowship is open to all health care providers; physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists and dietitians are all eligible for the fellowship. Physicians are required to have completed residency by July 2011 and all other allied health professionals must have attained at least 3 years clinical experience prior to application.
The full application for the Durant Fellowship is available here.

MGH Fellowship in Global Health:
The MGH Global Health Fellowship is designed to provide up to one year of support to members of the MGH medical staff in any discipline to conduct one year of research, teaching/training, or clinical care activities in one of the CGH initial programmatic areas of focus: Global Mental Health, Disaster and Humanitarian Relief, and Global Primary Care. Applications that focus on significant domestic or global needs, offer capacity building and training, propose practical and cost effective approaches, contain clear deliverables and time lines, and involve inter-institutional or interdepartmental collaboration are particularly encouraged. The Global Health Fellowship is open to members of the junior medical staff, including physicians who will have completed residency by July 2011, clinical fellows, junior faculty, nursing staff who are at least 3 years post-licensure, physical and occupational therapists, and other medical staff involved in health care delivery. Applicants must not have yet reached the faculty position of Associate Professor.

The full application for the MGH Global Health Fellowship is available here. A sample budget template for the Global Health Fellowship application is available here.
For more global health resources and additional information about the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital, please visit our website:


March 3, 2011:  2011 Harvard Humanitarian Action Summit

On behalf of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and Harvard University, we are pleased to invite you to participate in the Academic Leadership Day of the 2011 Humanitarian Action Summit.  This event will take place on Thursday, March 3rd from 10am-3pm in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Academic Leadership Day will bring together representatives from universities and academic centers to discuss the successes and challenges faced in developing humanitarian education programs.  We hope that by convening individuals with expertise in global health and humanitarian education, we will be able to build a community to find solutions to these pressing issues.

With your involvement, we are hoping to identify resources and define a core curriculum to appropriately train the next generation of humanitarian leaders.  During this meeting, we will discuss strategies to improve humanitarian educational models and create concrete relationships for collaboration and engagement.  We will also discuss the role of academics in humanitarian professionalization, and discuss opportunities for partnering with humanitarian NGOs and governmental agencies.

1 RSVP: We sincerely hope that you can join us for the Academic Leadership Day prior to the Humanitarian Action Summit! To register for this free event, please  click here.

2 COMPLETE SURVEY: Whether or not you are able to attend the Academic Leadership Day in person, please take a moment to complete this brief survey.   We will be compiling these results from all of our invitees and sharing the results of this survey during the meeting.

3 JOIN US FOR THE SUMMIT: Please also consider staying on in Cambridge and joining us for the 2011 Humanitarian Action Summit on March 4th-6th. This exciting event brings together more than 200 leaders from the NGO, UN, donor, and federal agency communities.  During this three-day Summit, the world’s leaders in humanitarian aid and research work together on the most significant and relevant problems facing the humanitarian community.


Michael J. VanRooyen

Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

March 6, 2011:  Hungry for Answers Conference on Domestic and International Malnutrition

A Conference Addressing Barriers to Better Nutrition in the
United States and Around the World


Hungry for Answers: bringing together experts from different fields and leaders in the
fight against domestic and global malnutrition. Their experiences, perspectives and knowledge will set the stage for lively and enriching conversations and exchanges.
Selected videos from the Doctors Without Borders Starved for Attention campaign will also be shown.

Deborah Frank, M.D., Boston Medical Center and Children’s HealthWatch
Eileen Kennedy, D.Sc., R.D., Dean, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Tufts University

Conference co-planned by: Brown Swearer Center for Public Service, Brown Global Health Initiative, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, and Edesia: Global Nutrition Solutions.

*Generously sponsored by the van Beuren Charitable Foundation*

Register online at: https://goto.rifoodbank.org/HungryForAnswers

General Admission: $20 per person – No charge for students

Salomon Center
Brown University
91 Waterman St., Providence

March 6, 2011
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

March 9, 2011:  Talk


Concurrent sexual partnerships and HIV/AIDS disparities in the United States

Amy Nunn, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Research)
Brown University

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Conference Room 408, 121 South Main Street

Dr. Amy Nunn conducts social science research examining the structural, social and behavioral factors influencing racial disparities in HIV infection in the United States. She received an NIH Career Development Award in 2010 to investigate the role of concurrent sexual partnerships and other factors in potentiating racial disparities in HIV infection. In partnership with faith-based organizations, she also engages in community-based participatory research and advocacy related to HIV prevention.

April 1, 2011:  Award Application Deadline

presented by Global Health Strategies

Are you a young advocate?

About the Award: The Young Advocates for Social Change Award was established by Global Health Strategies to honor exceptional young leaders and innovators working to improve the public good. The winner will be awarded a $5,000 prize at an advocacy luncheon in New York City.

Who Should Apply: The award is open to individuals 25 years of age or younger who have contributed to an advocacy or communications project related to a public interest issue such as health, the environment, human rights or education.

How to Apply: Application deadline is 1 April 2011.  Find out more and apply at: http://globalhealthstrategies.com/youngadvocatesaward.

April 1, 2011:  CFAR Developmental Grants Program Spring 2011 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 April 1, 2011. Up to four awards will be granted during this cycle.
  • Awards will be announced and awarded June 1, 2011.

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

April 16-17, 2011:  Unite for Sight Global Health and Innovation Conference, Yale University

You and your colleagues may be interested in attending or presenting at the Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale.  For those interested in presenting at the conference, we are currently accepting social enterprise pitches.  We would appreciate it if you could please forward this announcement to those who may be interested in attending or presenting.

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


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.

Interested in presenting at the conference?

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.

New Brown University Spring 2011 course:  Pragmatic Medical Humanities

The question, “What is medical humanities?” has flummoxed the very experts who ardently argue for its importance to medical education and the professional and personal growth of health care providers. Individual persons harbor different meanings for the term, invest it with different values and goals.

The interdisciplinary nature of medical humanities, engaging in conversations with persons who possess different expertise, different knowledge and different approaches to knowing, provides opportunities for examination and insight unavailable elsewhere.

During this half-credit seminar, students will investigate alternative meanings, interpretations and purposes embedded in the term “medical humanities.” They will develop their own personal relationship to this term, this field of study, and its utility as a tool for understanding and responding to the profound experiences of clinical medicine, illness and health.

HMAN 1970V
Pragmatic Medical Humanities

Jay Baruch, MD
Faculty Fellow, Cogut Center for the Humanities
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Brown University

Volunteer Program Opportunity:  Ghana Health and Education Initiative

Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI) is now recruiting volunteers to participate in the 2011 Summer Serve and Learn Program.  GHEI is a small non-profit in the Western region of Ghana in the small farming community of Humjibre. Our mission is to promote education and improve health through principles of sustainable development and community empowerment.

The GHEI Serve and Learn Program offers short-term volunteer programs to those interested in development, public health, universal education and human rights promotion.  The projects provide a chance to learn about and profoundly experience grassroots work in a developing country.  The session topics are listed below:

Programs & Dates:
Session 1: Ghana Read and Play: A celebration of childhood literacy (June13-29)
Session 2: Girls’ Empowerment (July 1-17)
Session 3: Evaluation of Bednet Usage for Malaria (July 19-August 4)
Session 4: Build Ghana: Community Development and Local Capacity (August 6-22)

For more session information, visit http://www.ghei.org/volunteer/serve_and_learn/apply_for_serve_and_learn.html.

How To Apply:

Visit http://www.ghei.org/volunteer/serve_and_learn/apply_for_serve_and_learn.html.

Applications for summer sessions will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning on January 15, 2011. This means that GHEI’s leadership will review applications in the order they are received. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as spaces fill quickly.

After January 15th, applications are reviewed and selected applicants will be contacted for an interview. Offers are extended to successful applicants within one week of the interview and applicants are given one week to accept or decline GHEI’s offer. This is done to allow ample time for fundraising, travel reservations, and general preparations for the trip.

For specific application or selection process questions, please contact Doug McKechnie at dougmckechnie@gmail.com.

For questions regarding the recruitment process or to hear from a Serve & Learn Volunteer, please contact Caroline at caroline.bronaugh@gmail.com.

Feel free to visit GHEI online at www.ghei.org <http://www.ghei.org/> .

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