News Release

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Julio Frenk to Deliver Barmes Lecture: "Globalization and Health: The Role of Knowledge in an Interdependent World"

What: The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the Fogarty International Center, both part of the National Institutes of Health, jointly announce Julio Frenk, M.D., Ph.D., as presenter of the 2009 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture. Dr. Frenk, dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, will discuss "Globalization and Health: The Role of Knowledge in an Interdependent World. "

Who: Dr. Julio Frenk was the Minister of Health of Mexico from 2000-2006 and a senior fellow in the global health program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is the recipient of the 2008 Clinton Global Citizen Award for changing "the way practitioners and policy makers across the world think about health."

When: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, 11:30 a.m. EST

Where: Masur Auditorium, NIH Building 10, Bethesda, Md.

Background: The annual lecture series honors the late David E. Barmes, a long-standing World Health Organization employee, special expert for international health at NIDCR and ardent spokesman for global health.

Dr. Frenk is Dean of the Faculty and T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development at the Harvard School of Public Health. During his tenure as the Minister of Health of Mexico, he introduced a program of comprehensive national health insurance, known as Seguro Popular, which expanded access to health care for tens of millions of previously uninsured Mexicans. Dr. Frenk also was founding director-general of the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, one of the leading institutions of health education and research in the developing world. For additional information about the lecture see:

The Barmes Lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture, jointly sponsored by the NIDCR and Fogarty, also will be videocast at:

Fogarty, 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. For more information, visit 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:

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