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Bloom To Give Dyer Lecture

What has a laboratory scientist learned from a 1-year crash course as dean of a school of public health? Dr. Barry Bloom, this year's R.E. Dyer Lecturer, found that while Americans are benevolent toward biomedical research, we are surprisingly unaware of its translation into public health measures. In 1996, he says, one poll indicated the vast majority of Americans were prepared to spend a dollar a week to support biomedical research, while another showed that fewer than 10 percent of us understood the concept of public health — its mission, its history and its achievements.

Dr. Barry Bloom

So, in this year's Dyer Lecture, entitled "A View of Public Health and Biomedical Research," Bloom, dean of the Harvard School of Public Health and professor of immunology and infectious disease, will reflect on the historical relationship between the two disciplines and how rapid changes in biomedical research might alter it. Where, he asks, does a global understanding of disease and its prevention fit in to the health picture? Can and should NIH expand its emphasis on public health? The talk will be presented on Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 3 to 4 p.m., in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

An immunologist and microbiologist engaged in research on infectious diseases and vaccines, Bloom received his B.A. and an honorary Sc.D. from Amherst College, and his Ph.D. from the Rockefeller University. Prior to coming to Harvard, he was an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and held the title of Weinstock professor of microbiology and immunology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Bloom has served on committees of the World Health Organization, served as a consultant to the White House, been a member of the U.S. national vaccine advisory council of NIAID, and chairs the board of trustees of the newly established International Vaccine Institute. He is a councillor of the governing board of the Institute of Medicine, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.

No registration or fees are required. All attendees are invited to a reception for Bloom at the end of the presentation. For more information and reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine at 594-5595.

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