Ninth Annual GUMC Convocation to Focus on Global Health

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October 28, 2016 – The Ninth Annual Georgetown University Medical Center Convocation will focus on the theme of global health and Georgetown University’s contribution, a topic affirmed as a priority area through the recent GUMC engagement process led by Edward B. Healton, MD, MPH, executive vice president of health sciences and executive dean of the School of Medicine.

The convocation, planned for Thursday, November 17, is an opportunity for the GUMC community to come together to celebrate academic achievement in research, education and service.

In recognition of the convocation’s theme, the winner of this year’s Cura Personalis Award – GUMC’s highest honor – is Roger Glass, MD, PhD, director of the Fogarty International Center and associate director for international research for the National Institutes of Health.

Recognizing A Distinguished Researcher

An award-winning researcher dedicated to the prevention of gastroenteritis, Glass has co-authored more than 600 research papers and chapters. His research has been targeted towards epidemiologic studies to anticipate the introduction of rotavirus vaccines. He has maintained field studies in India, Bangladesh, Brazil, Mexico, Israel, Russia, Vietnam, China and elsewhere, and he is fluent and often lectures in five languages. Glass is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine).

“For many of us who chose to work here at Georgetown, we do so because of the university’s focus on social justice,” Healton said in announcing Glass as the recipient of this year’s Cura Personalis medal. “Our award winner reflects this ideal by leading a federal research effort that doesn’t ask how the U.S. can help itself, but rather examines our contributions and impact in the world as it pertains to improving health on a global scale.”

Glass will speak during the convocation ceremony which will start at 4:00 p.m. in the Research Building Auditorium. A reception will follow the ceremony.

Colloquium to Feature Speakers from Across the Campus

In the morning before convocation, Glass will be joined by speakers from the three major Georgetown campuses: the Medical Center, Law Center and main campus for a colloquium titled “Building Global Health Capacity at Georgetown: Responsibilities and Priorities.”

The colloquium will include the following speakers:

Julie E. Fischer, PhD, is co-director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security and associateresearch professor in the department of microbiology and immunology. Before coming to Georgetown, she co-directed a multidisciplinary team at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, leading projects designed to help governments and international agencies understand the resources needed to detect, assess, report and respond to emerging public health events effectively. Fischer earned her PhD in microbiology and immunology from Vanderbilt University and completed post-doctoral training in viral pathogenesis at the University of Washington and Seattle Biomedical Research Institute. Read more .

 Jesse L. Goodman, MD, MPH, is professor of medicine and director of the Center on  Medical Product Access, Safety and Stewardship (COMPASS). He is also an attending  physician in infectious diseases at Georgetown University, Washington DC Veterans  Administration and Walter Reed National Military Medical Centers. Goodman previously  served as chief scientist at the FDA where he led the 2009 H1N1 pandemic response and  medical countermeasure review. He earned his MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his MPH from the University of Minnesota. Read more .

Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, is an internationally distinguished scholar on global public health. He serves asfaculty director at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and holds Georgetown’s highest academic rank, “University Professor,” conferred by the University president. Gostin is director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Public Health Law & Human Rights and he has served on major WHO committees including the Director-General’s advisory committee for reforming the WHO. He served on two global commissions investigating WHO’s response to the West Africa Ebola outbreak. In 2016, President Obama appointed Gostin to the National Cancer Advisory Board. Gostin holds international academic professorial appointments at Oxford, Sydney, and South Africa, and has received numerous awards and honorary degrees. He is JAMA’s Global Correspondent. Read more .

 James Habyarimana, PhD, is associate professor in public policy at Georgetown  University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. As a development economist, Habyarimana’s  interests are education, health policy and political economy with a primary regional focus  on Africa. He was previously a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development.  In addition to Habyarimana’s book, “Coethnicity: Diversity and the Dilemmas of Collective  Action,” his work has been published in PNAS, AIDS, The Lancet, American Economic  Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Human Resources, American Political Science Review, Journal of International Development and Foreign Affairs. He earned his PhD in economics from Harvard University. Read more .

Emily Mendenhall, PhD, MPH, is a medical anthropologist and assistant professor of global health inthe Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA) program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. She has served in multiple positions internationally while conducting research in India, South Africa and Kenya.  She also served as a visiting research fellow at the Centre for Global Mental Health at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and conducted research for five years in the Collaborative Research Unit at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago. She earned her PhD in anthropology from Northwestern University and an MPH in global health from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Read more .

 The colloquium will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Research Building  Auditorium. It will be moderated by John T. Monahan, JD, senior advisor for global  health and engagement to Georgetown University President John DeGioia, senior fellow at  the McCourt School of Public Policy and senior scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National  and Global Health Law. Monahan also co-chairs the Lancet-Georgetown Commission on  Global Health and Law and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

You can find a complete schedule of activities for Convocation here.

Kat Zambon
GUMC Communications