Upcoming Global Health Conference to Have Strong Duke Presence

Published October 27, 2015 under Research News

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North Carolina Congressman David Price presenting at Triangle Global Health Consortium's first annual conference last year

The Triangle Global Health Consortium (TGHC) will hold its annual global health conference on Thursday and Friday, November 5 and 6, at the NC Biotechnology Center in Durham, North Carolina. With a focus this year on sustainable development and global health, this event is geared toward students, university faculty and staff, global health professionals and industry leaders. 

A number of Duke global health faculty and students will be presenting at the conference. In addition, Laura Bey, assistant director of undergraduate and medical school programs at Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), serves on TGHC’s Program Committee. Dennis Clements, DGHI senior advisor and TGHC Conference Steering Committee member, was instrumental in soliciting presentation proposals from the Duke community.

“This conference highlights the fact that the Triangle area of North Carolina truly is a very rich nexus for global health research and education,” said Randy Kramer, deputy director of DGHI and member of the Consortium’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. “We’re pleased to have a number of Duke participants in this important event.”

About the Triangle Global Health Consortium

TGHC, a nonprofit organization, brings together individuals from a variety of industries—such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and academia—with a common interest in global health. Their ongoing member activities convene leaders from industry and development organizations with local universities to foster deeper collaboration in this global health-rich community. 

Impressive Lineup of Global Health Leaders to Speak at Conference

The conference will feature a variety of speakers from global health organizations such as RTI International, D-tree International, Palladium, Ipas, GlaxoSmithKline and John Snow, Inc., among many others. TGHC will engage some of these speakers in a lively debate on the role of heath in the newly-adopted Sustainable Development Goals in accordance with the theme of the event.

Speakers include global health leaders such as:

  • Ann Mei Chang, executive director of the U.S. Global Development Lab
  • Patrick Fine, CEO of FHI360
  • Pape Gaye, President and CEO of Intrahealth and DGHI Board of Advisors member
  • Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief of Devex
  • Timothy Ziemer, US Global Malaria Coordinator and Retired Rear Admiral (US Navy)

Duke Faculty and Students to Present their Work

Duke University will be well-represented at the conference, with more than a dozen faculty, staff, student and alumni speakers—many from DGHI—on the agenda. 

Session topics include scaling and growth of private sector health entrepreneurs, the “fearonomics” of Ebola in Nigeria, cervical cancer in low-resource communities, and the One Health approach to sustainability, to name just a few.

See the full list of Duke presenters below.

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Duke presenters include:

Faculty and Staff

Students and Alumni

  • Libby MacFarlane, Master of Science in Global Health (MSc-GH) graduate and MBA student
  • Natalie Skeiky and Sulzhan Bali, MSc-GH students
  • Trey Sinyard, MBA and medical student
  • Betty Tushabe, Master of International Development Policy student 
  • Ashley Reid, undergraduate engineering student
  • Sarah Wilson, former DGHI doctoral scholar

This conference highlights the fact that the Triangle area of North Carolina truly is a very rich nexus for global health research and education.

Randy Kramer, deputy director of DGHI

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