Archive for March 2007
Nancy Birdsall, president of the Center for Global Development, will be online tomorrow from 11am-12noon EST answering questions about globalization and inequality.
Yesterday, she testified before Congress and challenged us to think beyond the “world is flat” characterization: “But the world is not flat. Those of us on the top, with the right education and in the right countries, can easily overlook the countries and the people stuck in deep craters across the global landscape.” (video available on the CGD website).
This looks like a very cool opportunity and way to reach your audience. Ask a question ahead of time for the online chat.
Besides the conference below there are several more coming up (see our previous post for a more complete list):
The folks at UToronto have put together a conference on Private Sector involvement with a heavy dose of biotech and global health. They have a blockbuster lineup including CK Prahalad, see the PDF Flyer for more details. Maybe someone can suggest a mock “celebrity death match” between the CK and Karnani at one of these conferences, I bet that would garner a huge turnout.
Mobilizing the Private Sector for Global Health Development
May 2-4 2007, MaRS Discovery District, Toronto: A three-day conference organized by the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre, Program on Life Sciences and Global Health at the University of Toronto, bringing together leaders from the global health community and executives of biotechnology firms from India, China, Brazil, South Africa, Canada, and the United States. The opening day will feature discussions on innovative business and financial strategies for stimulating development of health products for the developing world.
March 28th Update: This is Ben with a short addendum to Aman’s list. There’s a conference in Delhi April 12-13th organized by KfW, USAID/India, Packard Foundation and PSP-One called Vouchers for Health: Increasing Access, Equity, and Quality. I plan to attend and cover it for the THDblog.
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There are a slew of conferences coming up. Here are a couple that are focused on global heath technologies and more specifically on point of care tools. For a background on this type of technology see this Nature article on global health diagnostics where they state: “Access to appropriate diagnostic tools is an essential component in global health. Diagnostics are crucial for identifying the presence and cause of disease at both the individual and population levels, correctly assessing the nature of disease, designating an appropriate course of treatment, monitoring the effects…” For details on what some of these technologies are, see the last device on the page of the Paul Yager Research group.
The first conference is next month at Rice University and it looks like Ruth Levine, from the Center for Global Development, will be presenting. Click on “tentative agenda” for the pdf here:
Later this year there will be another conference:
Washington DC, August 2007, CHI Point-of-Care Conference
Technologies are becoming available that will enable point-of-care assays that are rapid, accurate, and easy to use. The development of assays for applications in cardiac treatment, cancer, endocrine, immune disease, infectious disease will be highlighted, as well as the demand for generating reliable data and reducing costs associated with these tests.
- Global Health Diagnostics, Steven Buchsbaum, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, Global Health Technologies, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- FIND: Bridging the Gaps in the Development and Rollout of Innovative Diagnostics for Poverty Related Diseases, Giorgio Roscigno, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, FIND Diagnostics
- Developing Low-cost HIV Viral Load POC Diagnostic Test for the Developing World, David M. Kelso, Ph.D., Associate Professor, MCC Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
There is an interesting international documentary film festival taking place in North Carolina, April 12-15th. Here is the description of Full Frame: “Founded in 1998 by Nancy Buirski, and now recognized as the premier documentary film festival in the United States by both The New York Times and indieWIRE, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival celebrates the power and artistry of documentary film. Full Frame’s four days include 100 screenings of both new and curated films.”
There are a handful of films focused on global health issues. Check out AJ Schnack’s blog for a full list of all the films: