Monday, November 8, 2010

Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health to Host Inaugural Symposium

Day-long Event Brings Together Dignitaries, Scientists, and Policy-Makers

BOSTONOn Friday, November 12, the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Global Health will welcome dignitaries, policy-makers, scientists and global health leaders to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center for its inaugural global health symposium. Called Broadening the Response: The Role of Academic Medical Centers in Global Health, the day-long symposium will bring together the foremost global health leaders and policy makers to discuss how best to build, strengthen and expand on global partnerships aimed at improving the lives of the most vulnerable and crisis-affected populations.

“We’re looking forward to hosting this symposium because it’s an opportunity to collaborate with individuals across many fields, all of whom demonstrate a passion and willingness to work together to address critical global health problems,” says Peter Slavin MD, president of Massachusetts General Hospital.

Along with scientists and clinicians, special guests will include U.S. Senator John F. Kerry; Paul Farmer MD, co-founder of Partners in Health; U.S. Ambassador and Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby; Walter T. Gwenigale MD, minister of Health and Social Welfare of Liberia; Professor Frederick I.B. Kayanja, vice chancellor of Mbarara University, Uganda; and Gary Gottlieb MD, president and CEO of Partners HealthCare.  

“We look forward to the insights from some of the top leaders in global health policy, science and delivery,” says David Bangsberg MD, director of the MGH Center for Global Health. “We are building on the founding principal of MGH, ‘When in distress, every man becomes our neighbor’ to strengthen our global partnerships and catalyze a new era of global health.”

Discussion topics will range from the scope and mission of global health in U.S. policy, to best practices for the development of research and clinical training programs abroad.

“The MGH Center for Global Health is committed to building on decades of work with international partners to address the daunting challenges in healthcare in resource-scarce settings,” says Bangsberg. “We're bringing the full resources and talents of MGH clinicians, researchers, and staff to confront the foremost threats to global health as they emerge.”

Broadening the Response: The Role of Academic Medical Centers in Global Health will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Friday, November 12, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Attendance is free and open to the public. Those wishing to attend are asked to register at

About Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital, established in 1811, is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The MGH conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States, with an annual research budget of more than $600 million and major research centers in AIDS, cardiovascular research, cancer, computational and integrative biology, cutaneous biology, human genetics, medical imaging, neurodegenerative disorders, regenerative medicine, systems biology, transplantation biology and photomedicine.  For further information, visit

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