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Center for Global Health Formed at University of Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, May 6, 2009 — The University of Pittsburgh has established a Center for Global Health to promote multidisciplinary international health research and scholarship. The center, led by Donald S. Burke, M.D., associate vice chancellor for global health and dean, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, is based on partnership with schools and centers across the university to address the most pressing health issues for people around the world. It will officially be launched at an invitation- and media-only event from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, at the University Club in Oakland. 

“This new center is an important symbol of our University’s tradition and standing as one of the world’s leading institutions for global health research, and it will enable our scientists to push forward with exciting work having the potential to significantly improve the human condition around the world,” said University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg.  

Recognizing that most global health problems result from a combination of social, economic, political and environmental inequalities, center staff will work with faculty and students in the areas of research, education, service and policy. 

“The current swine flu outbreak is yet another example of the need for a global response to address health issues that impact all of us,” noted Dr. Burke. “Our center will build on Pitt’s track record of significant discoveries and interdisciplinary partnerships, and will draw on a range of expertise to work toward solutions to our most challenging problems.”

The center will promote and support ongoing research projects at the University of Pittsburgh – projects as diverse as pandemic preparedness in Thailand, the improvement of children’s health in India, the control of mosquito-borne viruses in Brazil, and the treatment of HIV/AIDS in Mozambique.

On the education front, the center will provide grants to students and faculty to support their projects in international health, enabling their travel to low- or middle-income countries where there are significant health needs; sponsor the federally funded Fogarty International Center Framework in Global

Health Program to develop curriculum in global health; and host an ongoing lecture series with health experts from around the world. 

The center, directed by Joanne Russell, M.P.P.M, R.N., C.C.R.C., is guided by a global health advisory committee comprised of deans from the health sciences and other partner schools across the university. For more information, visit

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