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Vol. LXV, No. 20
September 27, 2013

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Gates To Give Barmes Global Health Lecture, Oct. 7 in Masur

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Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will deliver the annual David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture, “Why the Future Needs Biomedical Innovation,” on Monday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Known for his philanthropy, Gates advocates for research and innovation to help people live healthy and productive lives. He is also an outspoken supporter of federal investment in basic scientific research.

In 2000, he and his wife Melinda established the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve international public health through the development of vaccines, therapies, diagnostics, agricultural products and other technologies and to partner with the private and public sectors to ensure that these technologies can be delivered successfully to the people who need them. In the U.S., the Gates Foundation supports innovations that improve public education. To date, the foundation has invested $27.6 billion in grants.


The Gates Foundation also partners with the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health to support global health research. Through this collaboration, ongoing programs are studying diseases such as malaria, enteric infections, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, as well as training researchers and medical personnel in the developing world.

Bill Gates will deliver the annual Barmes Global Health Lecture, “Why the Future Needs Biomedical Innovation,” on Oct. 7.

Bill Gates will deliver the annual Barmes Global Health Lecture, “Why the Future Needs Biomedical Innovation,” on Oct. 7.

The recipient of numerous honors, Gates recently earned two special awards. On Sept. 9, the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation announced that it had selected Bill and Melinda Gates as recipients of the 2013 Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award for their achievements in applying research and innovations to improving the lives of millions of people in developing countries. Last April, the National Academy of Sciences presented Bill and Melinda Gates with the 2013 Public Welfare Medal for improving the lives of millions by applying science to some of the world’s most difficult global health challenges.

Gates also continues to serve as chairman of Microsoft, the company he co-founded in 1975 after leaving Harvard University in his junior year. He also is the founder of Corbis, which is developing a comprehensive digital archive of art and photography from public and private collections around the globe. In addition, he is a member of the board of directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

The annual Barmes lecture was established in 2001 to honor the late David Edward Barmes, who was a special expert for international health at NIDCR and a longstanding World Health Organization employee. He was an ardent supporter of global health and devoted his life to research aimed at improving health for people in low-income countries.

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the Fogarty International Center cosponsor the lecture series. This year’s lecture will be videocast at

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