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Vol. LXV, No. 1
January 4, 2013

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Murray To Discuss Global Disease Burden, Jan. 17 at Natcher

Dr. Chris Murray
Dr. Chris Murray
The Fogarty International Center will host a presentation and discussion of the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study, which was recently published in The Lancet. The study’s co-author, Dr. Chris Murray, and his colleagues from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington will present their data and lead a discussion on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Natcher Auditorium.

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins will introduce the talk, titled “The Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study: What Does It Mean for the NIH and Global Health Research?” Attendees are encouraged to come with questions pertinent to their research areas, so they can help direct the discussion.

The recent GBD 2010 study is the largest single report ever published by The Lancet. The project is a systematic, scientific effort to quantify the comparative magnitude of deaths and disability due to diseases, injuries and risk factors by age, sex and geography with a look at these trends over time.

The GBD construct of the burden of disease is health loss, not income or productivity loss. For decision-makers, health-sector leaders, researchers and informed citizens, this approach provides an opportunity to see the big picture, to compare diseases, injuries and risk factors and to grasp the most important contributors to health loss.

Murray is a professor of global health at the University of Washington and director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). A physician and health economist, his work has led to the development of a range of new methods and empirical studies to strengthen the basis for population health measurement, assess the performance of public health and medical care systems and estimate the cost effectiveness of health technologies. IHME is focused on the challenges of measurement of health outcomes, health services, financial and human resources and evaluation of policies, programs and systems and decision analytics.

The proceedings will be videocast. For details, visit

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