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DGHI Marks 10-Year Milestone with Symposium

October 11, 2016
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DGHI assistant professor Brandon Kohrt opened the symposium with a TED-style talk about integrating science and service for transformative impact.

On Wednesday, October 5, more than 250 guests from around North Carolina’s Triangle region and beyond gathered to celebrate the Duke Global Health Institute's (DGHI's) 10th anniversary at a day-long symposium and reception. Participants included Duke faculty members, staff and students, as well as DGHI board members, 25 of DGHI’s international partners and many others.

“Last week’s symposium was a wonderful celebration of DGHI’s 10-year milestone,” said DGHI director Michael Merson. “It illustrated the broad range of exciting work our faculty, students and partners are engaged in globally, and provided thought-provoking discussions about key issues in global health and new directions for the Institute.”

Designed to provide a range of current, emerging and future perspectives on the field of global health, the symposium featured themed sets of TED-style talks and panels on topics such as integrating science and service, tapping into the power of experiential learning and using human-centered design to address global health challenges. 

Speakers included DGHI faculty members, a Master of Science in Global Health alumna, and two of our global partners from Tanzania and Peru. 

One of the most well-received sessions featured Duke leaders—Richard Brodhead, President; Gene Washington, Chancellor for Health Affairs, Duke University, President and CEO, Duke University Health System; and Merson—reflecting on the future of global health at Duke. 

Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, gave the closing keynote address, “Global Health: The Basic Science of Humanity.”

Watch Symposium Sessions and View Event Photos

 
Symposium Photo Collage
 

 

DGHI: One Decade Down, Many to Go

DGHI was established in the fall of 2006 with Merson as the founding director. Key highlights include:

2006 – The global health undergraduate certificate program was established.
2007 – The first nine faculty members were appointed and the first research priority areas were set.
2008 – The Global Health Residency/Fellowship Pathway was established. 
2009 – The first cohort of the master of Science in Global Health matriculated.
2010 – The Global Mental Health research initiative began.
2011 – The Doctoral Scholars program began.
2012 – The DGHI faculty membership grew to 43.
2013 – The undergraduate global health co-major and minor were established.
2014 – Duke Kunshan University accepted its first Master of Science in Glboal Health students.
2015 – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave the Institute a $20 million grant.
2016 – Research productivity tops $39 million with 152 projects in nearly 40 countries. 

See more highlights in our 10-year interactive timeline.

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(left to right) DGHI associate professor Wendy Prudhomme-O'Meara moderates an Innovation in Global Health discussion panel with DGHI professor Gary Bennett, postdoctoral associate in biomedical engineering Jenna Mueller and DGHI associate professor Krishna Udayakumar.

Designed to provide a range of current, emerging and future perspectives on the field of global health, the symposium featured themed sets of TED-style talks and panels on topics such as integrating science and service, tapping into the power of experiential learning and using human-centered design to address global health challenges.

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