Global Health Neurology Grand Rounds allows neurologists, neuroscientists, and hospital staff to explore topics that are not part of typical or traditional grand rounds lectures. These include social determinants of health, health systems in neurological care, capacity building in neurology for non-neurologists, global health equity, and the need for inter-sectoral action plans. The speakers have covered a range of communicable and noncommunicable diseases, epidemics and pandemics, and medical education. Each year, the Mass General Brigham Neurology Residents select and invite the speaker for the Neurology Department.

We look forward to the upcoming 2021 lecture in October, given by Guy Thwaites, MBBS, PhD, FRCP, FRCPath, FMedSci, of Oxford University, Oxford, UK.
Professor at lectern
Hugo Garcia, MD, PhD speaks at Mass General

Previously, the Department has welcomed the following speakers and topics:

  • Joseph Zunt, MD, MPH, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Farrah Mateen, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA: Around the world in eight neurological diseases
  • Gretchen Birbeck, MD, MPH, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY: Cerebral Malaria Insights and Interventions: Combating Death and Disability in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Justin McArthur, MBBS, MPH, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD: HIV and the Brain: Lessons for Neurology
  • Hector "Hugo" Garcia, MD, PhD, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru: Dealing with Brain Parasites-Diagnosis and Management of Neurocysticercosis
  • Charles Nelson, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • David Boulware, MD, MPH, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN: COVID-19 Clinical Trials: PEP, PrEP, and Early Treatment
  • Aaron Berkowitz, MD, PhD, Kaiser Permanente Medical School, Pasadena, CA: Dilemmas in Global Neurology: Clinical Care, Education, and Research
  • Avindra Nath, MD, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), Bethesda, MD: The Role of Pandemics in the Evolution and Destruction of the Human Brain
  • Carlos A. Pardo-Villamizar, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: The lesson learned after the Zika outbreaks and Neurological Diseases

Conversations in Global Health and Neurology

The new Conversations in Global Health and Neurology series, focused on residents, fellows and students, is a quarterly noon hour event that allows a combined seminar and Q&A between people in training and early and mid-career neurologists who have a career focused on international issues and/or vulnerable populations. This series focuses on mentoring, career development, and less traditional career paths.

Begun in 2021, the speaker list includes:

  • Deanna Saylor, MD, MHS. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • Jeanne Billioux, MD, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), Bethesda, MD
  • Ana Claire Meyer, MD, MSHS, US Army Medical Research and Development Command, Frederick, MD
  • Omar Siddiqi, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

The Department also collaborates with members of the Mass General Center for Global Health which hosts speakers on a diverse range of topics.

Related Programs

For information about the Mass General Brigham Neurology Global Health Certificate for medical residents, visit the Mass General Brigham Neurology Residency site. To learn more about our global health research, visit the Global Neurology Research Group.