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Research!America Names Dr. Richard Cash An Ambassador for Global Health Research

Pioneer in oral rehydration therapy will advocate for U.S. investment in international efforts

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Boston, MA - Dr. Richard Cash, a pioneer in oral rehydration therapy and an expert in ethical issues in international health research, has been named an Ambassador in Research!America's Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research. Dr. Cash, a faculty member in the Department of Population and International Health at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), is now one of 50 of the nation's foremost global health experts who have joined forces to increase awareness about the critical need for greater U.S. public and private investment in research to improve global health. The newly appointed Ambassadors from Research!America, an education and advocacy alliance, include leaders in a variety of global health areas, including HIV/AIDS research, TB, vaccines, nutrition and environmental hazards. (ortcash.jpg)

Dr. Cash has been credited with saving millions of lives through the development and promotion of oral rehydration therapy to treat cholera and other diarrheal diseases and has decades of experience in on-the-ground research in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He is currently the director of the Program on Ethical Issues in International Health Research at HSPH. Among his projects is a continuing study on the role of development activities on the reemergence of previously controlled infectious diseases and the emergence of newly described infectious diseases. Dr. Cash is a recipient of the 2006 Prince Mahidol Award for "exemplary contributions in the field of public health."


Dr. Cash's perspective on the impact of infectious disease on local and global health and economies will inform his advocacy for U.S. investment in research, said HSPH Dean Barry R. Bloom.

"Richard Cash is a singular treasure of the Harvard School of Public Health," added Dean Bloom. "Through his pioneering development of oral rehydration for diarrheal disease, he has probably contributed to saving more lives than anyone else at the University. His is one of our School's most inspiring teachers and mentors, and his advice is sought by leaders of many developing countries. I am delighted that he has been honored by this Award to provide his advice, experience and insights in global health to leaders of our own country."(ortboy.jpg)

Dr. Cash will work to raise the visibility of global health research through the news media and in meetings with policy makers, opinion leaders and the public. One of the Ambassadorship's central messages is to stress the importance of effective collaboration among the nation's government, industry, academic, patient advocacy and philanthropic research sectors.

"Investing in global health research is the smart thing to do for America and the right thing to do for the world," said The Honorable John Edward Porter, chair of the Society's Advisory Council and Research!America board chair, noting that the new ambassadors have "personally seen the value of saving lives and protecting health around the world, and their insights will help bring this important story to more Americans."

The Society, named for The Honorable Paul G. Rogers, a former Florida Congressman and renowned champion for research to improve health, was established in 2006 by Research!America with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Thus far, the Society's Advisory Council-which includes three Nobel Laureates-has selected 50 of the nation's leading scientist advocates to serve as Ambassadors. The full list is available at:

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Robin Herman

Research!America is the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. Founded in 1989, it is supported by 500 member organizations that together represent the voices of more than 125 million Americans. Visit for more information.

Harvard School of Public Health is dedicated to advancing the public's health through learning, discovery, and communication. More than 300 faculty members are engaged in teaching and training the 900-plus student body in a broad spectrum of disciplines crucial to the health and well being of individuals and populations around the world. Programs and projects range from the molecular biology of AIDS vaccines to the epidemiology of cancer; from risk analysis to violence prevention; from maternal and children's health to quality of care measurement; from health care management to international health and human rights. For more information on the school visit: