HSPH Dean Julio Frenk called Tuesday, December 15, for greater international cooperation on health issues affecting populations around the world, saying the globe has entered a new era where the nature of disease and death is changing, and where domestic and global health are intertwined. Frenk, who served as Mexico’s minister of health before coming to Harvard, said knowledge is the greatest weapon against illness in this new health era, and he called for efforts to beef up research capacity in the developing world, greater access to scientific knowledge internationally, and an emphasis on translating research knowledge into clinical practice and government programs that will benefit the sick.
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“We have to build peace,” Barbara Ferrer, Boston’s Public Health Commissioner and a former high school principal, said in a lecture entitled “Investing in Peace” on December 7 in Kresge G-2. The event was sponsored by the Harvard Injury Control Research Center.
Gökhan S. Hotamisligil, J.S. Simmons Professor of Genetics and Metabolism, and Laurie Glimcher, Irene Heinz Given Professor of Immunology, have been selected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
This year’s Takemi Fellows at HSPH include a 44-year-old Brazilian nurse assessing home care programs for seniors in her country and a 37-year-old nutritionist hoping to make a dent in the growing problem of childhood obesity in China.
Marvin Zelen, Lemuel Shattuck Research Professor of Statistical Science, received a Medal of Honor from the American Cancer Society (ACS) for his contributions to cancer research. The award is the highest bestowed by the ACS.
Jennifer Leaning, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, has been named director of the University's François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights at HSPH. Leaning was chosen after an international search for a successor to Jim Yong Kim. She assumed her position on January 1.