CAS international conference on Bourdieu
Framingham Heart Study hosts third generation forum
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Framingham Heart Study, operated by Boston University, one of the world’s largest and longest epidemiological studies, invited 6,000 potential third-generation participants to an information forum on October 29. The individuals are the grandchildren of the study’s original cohort, enrolled in 1948, and the children of the study’s offspring cohort, enrolled in 1971. Speakers included Aram Chobanian, Medical Campus provost and dean of BU’s School of Medicine, and directors and investigators of the heart study and of the NHLBI, who recounted the historical significance of the study and outlined what lies ahead for the study’s third generation.
SSW substance abuse treatment grant
Lena Lundgren, an SSW associate professor of social welfare policy, has received a $700,000 grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The grant will be used to develop a study to test whether providing culturally sensitive intensive case management services to a population of Latino heroin users increases their entry into drug treatment, HIV testing, and use of HIV prevention services. The site chosen for the study is Springfield, Mass., which has a high HIV prevalence rate -- the 24th highest in the country -- and whose Latino population is afflicted by HIV/AIDS to a greater extent than its other racial or ethnic groups. Lundgren has a five-year history working with Tapestry Health systems in developing and testing the effectiveness of HIV outreach efforts to heroin-using populations in Massachusetts.
Robert Glovsky speaks to BU Women’s Council
The October meeting of the BU Women’s Council featured guest lecturer Robert Glovsky, director of BU’s Certified Financial Planning Program and president of Mintz Levin Financial Advisors, LLC, a subsidiary of the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, P.C., specializing in financial planning and investment advisory services for high net worth individuals. His topic was Divestment or Investment. Glovsky (LAW’76,’79) last spring received LAW’s Silver Shingle Alumni Award, given each year to distinguished alumni “in recognition of notable contributions to the legal profession, leadership in the community, unfailing service to the School of Law, and superlative contributions to society.” He is also the host of The Bob Glovsky Show, on 1060 AM, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon.
BU offers international course on pharmaceutical issues
The BU School of Public Health’s Center for International Health is introducing an international course, entitled Pharmaceutical Policy Issues for Transitioning Countries, which runs from October 27 through November 8 in Uzbekistan. It is offered in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan, the World Health Organization (WHO), and USAID/ZdravPlus and is designed to allow participants to discuss the difficulties of establishing a pharmaceutical policy and share their achievements. The course comes at a critical time for Central Asian countries. As independent states, they must adapt their pharmaceutical systems to make medicines available and affordable to the public and make decisions about privatizing pharmacies and other health facilities; the selection, purchase, and distribution of medications; how to organize and finance the regulatory agencies; and whether or not to manufacture pharmaceuticals locally. The course is being taught by WHO consultants and professors from the United States, Switzerland, Denmark, and other countries. Policy makers and senior managers from nearly 20 countries are participating.