ND, Purdue to present health initiatives to U.N.



A special event highlighting the global health initiatives of University of Notre Dame and Purdue University researchers will be held in New York City on Sept. 25 (Tuesday) in conjunction with the opening of the 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations will host the event, titledGlobal Health in Focus,at 1:45 p.m. in Holy Family Hall, 315 East 47th St. Health ministers and U.N. representatives from several developing countries with large disease burdens will be in attendance, along with Vatican officials.

Panelists will discuss global health issues, describe current initiatives, and explore various models currently employed by Notre Dame and Purdue. The session will serve as a forum for sharing experiences and as a means of opening communication among researchers, health care providers, policy makers and representatives of development agencies.

The Notre Dame contingent will be led by Dennis Jacobs, vice president and associate provost, and will include the following panelists and topics: Rev. Thomas Streit, C.S.C., research assistant professor of biological sciences,Eliminating Elephantiasis in Haiti;Stephen Silliman, professor of civil engineering and geological sciences,Partnering to Protect Water Quality in Benin; and Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C, assistant professor of political science,Partnering with Local Institutions to Fight Extreme Poverty in Rural Uganda.

The presentation also will include a description of the work of Frank Collins, George and Winifred Clark Professor of Biological Sciences and director of the Center for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, who is assessing the effectiveness of common malaria control strategies across Africa.

The Purdue group will be headed by Alan Rebar, senior associate vice president for research and will include the following panelists:Joe Pekny, director of Discovery Parks e-Enterprise Center and professor of chemical engineering,Applying Systems Engineering to Global Health Challenges,andDevelopment of a Novel AIDS Testing Device; Richard Kuhn, head of biological sciences,Emerging Diseases and Lessons from the Common Cold; Jess Lowenberg-DeBoer, associate dean of the College of Agriculture,Nutrition and Business Development Initiatives; and Stephen Byrn, head of the Department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy,Pharmacy Education in Tanzania.

The Path to Peace Foundation is cosponsoring the event.

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