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Cassell To Give FIC Global Health Lecture, June 12

Dr. Gail Cassell, vice president for scientific affairs and distinguished Lilly research scholar for infectious diseases at Eli Lilly and Co., will deliver the fifth presentation in the FIC Global Health lecture series on Thursday, June 12 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The talk, titled "Global Health Inequities and the Critical Role of Public/Private Partnerships: Challenges and Opportunities in the Next Decade," is part of a year-long series on global health issues sponsored by the Fogarty International Center to commemorate its 35th anniversary.

Cassell will describe the potential for public/private partnerships (PPP) to address critical global health issues that cannot be fully addressed by any one sector operating alone. Her experience in creating a PPP focused on multidrug resistant tuberculosis — including measures to improve diagnosis, reduce transmission, provide training in management, and, importantly, to ensure that second-line drugs will be made available by the private sector partner — will serve as the background for an evaluation of the place, role and potential for additional PPPs in the future.

Dr. Gail Cassell

Cassell has been intimately involved in the establishment of science policy and legislation related to biomedical research and public health. She has served as an advisor on infectious diseases and indirect costs of research to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and has been an invited participant in numerous congressional hearings and briefings related to infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance and biomedical research. She served on the advisory committee to the NIH director from 1993 to 1996. She was also a member and chair of the board of scientific counselors of the Center for Infectious Diseases at CDC. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

A graduate of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, Cassell received an M.S. and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB). She began her research and teaching career at UAB in 1973 as an assistant professor in the department of comparative medicine. She was named Charles H. McCauley professor of microbiology in 1994, served as chair of the department of microbiology from 1987 to 1997 and is now professor emerita in that UAB department. She is also professor in the department of pediatrics and the department of comparative medicine at UAB and is a senior scientist at UAB's Center for AIDS Research, Cystic Fibrosis Center and Multipurpose Arthritis Center.

Cassell joined Eli Lilly and Co. in 1997 as vice president of infectious disease research. In 2002, she rose to her current position.

All are welcome to attend the lecture and to meet with Cassell at an informal reception that will follow her talk.

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