New MGR Global Health Research Annual Keynote Lecture Announced

The Department of Medicine (DOM) is launching a new Annual Medicine Grand Rounds Global Health Research Keynote Lecture to highlight the impact of patient-oriented research by clinician-scientists in global settings. The lecture will be co-hosted by the DOM and the Hubert Yeargan Center for Global Health.

“Duke as an institution is an outstanding home for global health research, owing to its mature international research operations, sustained engagement with international partners, and tradition of rigorous patient-oriented clinical and translational research,” says Steve Taylor MD MPH, associate professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Global Health, and associate vice chair for Global Health Research in the DOM. “This Keynote is an opportunity to highlight how clinician-scientists can put such research assets to good use and deliver real global impact.”

For over 30 years, faculty in the department have led global health research collaborations with diverse partners. The lecture will build on this tradition and serve as a foundation for future excellence by highlighting opportunities for engagement and success as a clinician scientist in global health research at Duke. The lecture aligns with the DOM Strategic Plan by enhancing an intra-Duke partnership with Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) and by expanding international research efforts.

“Global health research is a vital component of our shared goal of advancing health equity,” said DGHI Director Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH. “Duke clinical investigators and researchers have not only advanced the science of health in low-resource settings—they have measurably improved outcomes for patients and their communities with our longstanding partners from Kenya to Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Peru, Brazil and here at home in North Carolina.”

The inaugural lecture will be held on Friday, July 7 from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Great Hall, Trent Semans Center. Beyrer will be the inaugural presenter.

He will provide an overview of global health activities at the DGHI, and highlight some of the extraordinary opportunities for making a difference in human health, from advances in cervical cancer detection and treatment in East Africa, to investigating climate change and ecologic justice in the Amazon.  Research, training, and clinical opportunities abound to address the unmet health needs of our global human family and for the least served among us. Bringing the innovations Duke has developed in low and middle-income countries to bear on the health challenges in the American South is also a core component of global health work here at Duke, Beyrer adds.

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