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Vol. LXIII, No. 24
November 25, 2011

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Goosby To Give Barmes Global Health Lecture, Dec. 13 in Masur

Dr. Eric Goosby
Dr. Eric Goosby

The Department of State’s U.S. global AIDS coordinator Dr. Eric Goosby will present the 2011 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture, an annual event cosponsored by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the Fogarty International Center, on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

His lecture, titled, “PEPFAR: Moving from Science to Program to Save Lives,” will highlight the work done through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program launched 8 years ago that Goosby currently oversees as ambassador.

Just last year, PEPFAR joined NIH and HRSA to partner in a 5-year, $130 million plan to improve training for researchers and health care workers, in short supply across sub-Saharan Africa. The effort, called the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), is administered by Fogarty and HRSA with funding from PEPFAR, the NIH Common Fund and 17 ICs. MEPI participants in a dozen countries are forming a network to leverage resources and share information. The initiative’s goal is to increase expertise not only in HIV/AIDS, but also in chronic, non-communicable conditions such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, which are growing concerns in the region.

Goosby said the partnership is critical to develop the level of “sustained intellectual honesty” necessary for clinical as well as scientific work, both “essential to improving the quality of care.”

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins said he is pleased that NIH’s contribution to PEPFAR in sub-Saharan Africa is enduring.

“If we don’t have the talented individuals who are going to roll up their sleeves and carry out this work, we aren’t going to accomplish very much,” he added.

Goosby also manages the federal government’s participation in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and serves on the operations committee that leads the Global Health Initiative.

His work in fighting HIV and AIDS is well-known worldwide, but also closer to home. NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci, whose own scientific career has also focused on combatting HIV and AIDS, said, “For three decades, Dr. Goosby has been a shining light in the domestic and global arena of HIV/AIDS. From the early days in the 1980s taking care of patients in San Francisco to his leadership roles in several administrations, Dr. Goosby has commanded and continues to command the respect and admiration of scientists, public health officials and constituents involved in the struggle against HIV/AIDS.”

Goosby has been a pioneer in the fight against AIDS since the earliest days of the epidemic. As a young doctor, he was among the first to treat people with HIV at San Francisco General Hospital, where he helped integrate HIV treatment programs with methadone clinics. Despite the agony Goosby witnessed in San Francisco—one of the early epicenters for the virus—the city holds a special place in his heart. Goosby earned his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, and later taught as a professor at the school, passing on the hard-won lessons he had learned in the clinic.

After seeing the desperation of patients and the struggles of the scientific community to address the steadily exploding public health issue, Goosby moved to Washington in 1991 to become first director of the Ryan White program, the nation’s domestic HIV care and support initiative. Next, he became director of HIV/AIDS policy for the Department of Health and Human Services and served in various capacities in the Clinton White House’s National AIDS Policy Office, where he helped establish the Minority AIDS Initiative—a program that continues to help communities across the country.

Upon leaving that government position, Goosby served as CEO of the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, which works with governments around the world to establish their own sustainable HIV treatment programs. He has played a key role in the development and implementation of HIV/AIDS national treatment scale-up plans in South Africa, Rwanda, China and Ukraine.

The annual lecture honors the late David Edward Barmes, who was a special expert for international health at NIDCR and a longstanding World Health Organization employee. The lecture series was established in 2001 to honor his lifelong dedication to research aimed at improving health for those in low-income countries. NIHRecord Icon

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