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University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Dean, Donald S. Burke, M.D., Launches Global Health Blog

PITTSBURGH, January 15, 2008 — Donald S. Burke, M.D., dean, Graduate School of Public Health and associate vice chancellor for Global Health, University of Pittsburgh, has launched a blog to chronicle his world tour of international sites associated with the health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). 

“An important first step in building a strong global health program is to examine ongoing research and practice activities at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC international sites where we already have strong relationships,” Burke said. “This blog will allow me to describe my travels and offer my observations in real time to those interested in global health.”

The sites Burke will visit during his 24-day trip are:

Palermo, Italy, home to the Mediterranean Institute for Transplantation and Specialized Therapies (ISMETT) and a biomedical research and biotechnology center founded in partnership with UPMC.

Doha, Qatar, where UPMC offers education, training and services to the emergency medical system. Several American universities have established schools in Qatar, such as the computer science program run by Carnegie Mellon University.

Hyderabad, India, home of the MediCiti Institute of Medical Sciences, a health care facility comprised of two hospitals, a medical college and nursing school, and a large community health project. Pitt cardiologist P.S. Reddy, M.D., founded MediCiti.  

Wuhan, China, a sister city to Pittsburgh and home to Wuhan University. Pitt was recently awarded a Confucius Institute by Wuhan University to promote understanding of Chinese culture. Dean Burke is on the advisory board of the Confucius Institute.

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