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Press Release

For Immediate Release:

May 4, 2007

Alison Duffy 508-856-2000
Bill Wright 617-287-7065

On May 3rd and 4th, the University of Massachusetts hosted its Second Annual Global Health Symposium in Shrewsbury, MA.

UMass President Jack M. Wilson, UMass Senior Vice President Marcellette G. William welcomed local, national and international health authorities and scientists from a number of universities, including Dean Marion Jacobs, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa. James Herrington PhD, MPH, of the National Institutes of Health was also a featured speaker at the Symposium.

President Wilson said, "This gathering of prominent academic researchers and educators allows us to showcase some of our current initiatives in the area of improving health in locations around the world. It also will assist us in developing an infrastructure for a more integrated and expanded approach to our global health activities."

Presentations and panel discussions included current global health issues, UMass Global health Partnerships and programs at other academic institutions.

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The two day Symposium was held at the UMass Medical School's South Street Facility in Shrewsbury. Participants included physicians, scientists and administrators from: UMass Amherst's School of Public Health, UMass Medical School, Harvard University Medical School; Tufts University School of Nutrition, Science and Policy; Clark University's Department of International Development, Community and Environment; Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine and the University of Michigan.

Some of the highlights of the Symposium were:

Thursday, May 3

  • Welcome and brief remarks about the University of Massachusetts' Role in Global Health, from Dr. Marcellette G. Williams, UMass Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and International Relations;
  • "Policy Issues in Global Health: The South African Perspective;" Featured Speaker: Dean Marion Jacobs, University of Cape Town, South Africa;
  • "The Challenges of Nutrition and Infection for Global Health;" Featured Speaker: Nevin Scrimshaw, MD, MPH, PhD, President, International Nutrition Foundation, Visiting Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University;
  • Panel Discussion of "Global Health Challenges & Interventions;" Moderator: Katherine Luzuriaga MD, UMass Medical School, Worcester; Panelists: Davidson Hamer MD, FACP, Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine; Timothy Downs, D.Env., Clark University, Dept of International Development, Community & Environment; Edward J. O'Rourke, MD, Harvard Medical School

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Friday, May 4
  • UMass President Jack M. Wilson, speaking about UMass system-wide research and its impact on the improvement of global health;
  • "Insight from the National Institutes of Health," Featured Speaker: James Herrington PhD, MPH, Division of International Relations, Fogarty International Center, NIH;
    Panel on "Structures of Academic Global Health Programs"
  • Moderators: Onesky Aupont MD, PhD, MPH, Symposium Chair, UMass Medical School, Worcester; Mick Godkin PhD, Symposium Co-Chair, UMass Medical School, Worcester; Panelists: David Stern MD, PhD, University of Michigan; Edward J. O'Rourke MD, Harvard Medical School; David Buchanan, Dr.PH, UMass Amhers

This event was sponsored by Savings Bank Life Insurance (SBLI).

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