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Vol. LXI, No. 25
December 11, 2009

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Frenk To Deliver 2009 Barmes Global Health Lecture

Dr. Alfia Khaibullina of the Clinical Center credits the practice of yoga with restoring her vitality and focus. “I’m in the best shape of my life,” she says.  
Dr. Julio Frenk of Harvard School of Public Health will deliver the 2009 Barmes Lecture.  

Dr. Julio Frenk, dean of Harvard School of Public Health, will deliver the 2009 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 11:30 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Frenk will discuss “Globalization and Health: The Role of Knowledge in an Interdependent World.”  

A leading authority on global health, Frenk became dean of the faculty and T&G Angelopoulos professor of public health and international development at Harvard in January 2009. He previously served as Mexico’s minister of health from 2000 to 2006. During his tenure 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.

He also was the 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. In 1998, he joined the World Health Organization as executive director in charge of evidence and information for policy, WHO’s first-ever unit explicitly charged with developing a scientific foundation for health policy to achieve better outcomes.

Most recently, Frenk served as a senior fellow in the global health program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and as president of the Carso Health Institute in Mexico City. He holds a medical degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico as well as three advanced degrees from the University of Michigan: a master’s degree in public health, a master’s degree in sociology and a doctorate in medical organization and sociology.

In 2008, he received the Clinton Global Citizen Award for changing “the way practitioners and policy makers across the world think about health.”

NIDCR and the Fogarty International Center jointly host the annual Barmes Lecture, which honors the late David E. Barmes, a special expert for international health at NIDCR. Prior to joining NIDCR, he served in senior management positions related to oral health, health promotion and non-communicable diseases at WHO.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow, hosted by the Friends of the NIDCR. The event also will be videocast at  

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Jody Dove, (301) 594-7558 and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339). NIHRecord Icon

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