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Focusing on Global Health

University presidents from around the country convene today


“We share a common goal of focusing the strengths of the university — research, education, workforce training, and service — on solving issues of health disparities that ravage populations in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, and even in North America.”

With that as a guiding manifesto, seven university presidents are gathering today, September 14, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., to launch a consortium to improve global health: the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. Sustained collaboration is a key agenda item.

BU President Robert A. Brown joins Duke President Richard Brodhead, Emory President James Wagner, Johns Hopkins President Ronald Daniels, Stanford President John Hennessy, University of California President Mark Yudof, University of Washington President Mark Emmert, and McGill Principal and Vice Chancellor Heather Monroe-Blum for a two-hour roundtable that will conclude the first day’s events.

The consortium, which will meet annually, has adopted a phrase to define its mission: “Making the university a transforming force in global health.” Many students have taken that goal personally; according to a 2009 survey by the consortium, “the number of undergraduate and graduate students in global health programs more than doubled during just the last three years.”

The conference will be simulcast today, available here.

The presidential roundtable convenes at 3:30 p.m.

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