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Monday, November 26, 2007


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WHO Director-General to Deliver Barmes Lecture on "Climate Change and Health"
What: The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the Fogarty International Center, both part of the National Institutes of Health, jointly announce the 2007 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture. Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) will speak on "Climate Change and Health."
When: Monday, December 10, 2007, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Masur Auditorium, NIH Building 10, Bethesda, Maryland USA. The event is free and open to the public. The lecture will also be videocast at: http://videocast.nih.gov/.
Why: The annual lecture series honors the late David E. Barmes, a long-standing World Health Organization employee, special expert for international health in the NIDCR Office of International Health, and ardent spokesman for global health.

Dr. Margaret Chan, who is from the People's Republic of China, earned her medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She joined the Hong Kong Department of Health in 1978. In 1994, Dr Chan was appointed Director of Health of Hong Kong. In her nine-year tenure as director, she launched new services to prevent the spread of disease and promote better health. She also introduced new initiatives to improve communicable disease surveillance and response, enhance training for public health professionals, and establish better local and international collaboration. She effectively managed outbreaks of avian influenza and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

In 2003 Dr. Chan joined WHO and rose to the position of representative of the director-general for pandemic influenza as well as assistant director-general for communicable diseases. She was subsequently appointed to the post of WHO director-general in November 2006; her term runs through June 2012.

The annual lecture series honors the late David E. Barmes, a long-standing World Health Organization employee, special expert for international health in the NIDCR Office of International Health, and ardent spokesman for global health. The lecture is jointly sponsored by NIDCR and the Fogarty International Center.

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research is the nation’s leading funder of research on oral, dental, and craniofacial health. For more information, visit the web site at: www.nidcr.nih.gov.

The Fogarty International Center, (www.fic.nih.gov), the international component of the NIH, addresses global health challenges through innovative and collaborative research and training programs and supports and advances the NIH mission through international partnerships.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.


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