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Vol. LXVII, No. 15
July 17, 2015

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Rwandan Minister To Give Barmes Global Health Lecture, July 29

Dr. Agnes Binagwaho

Dr. Agnes Binagwaho

Photo: Stephanie Novak

Rwandan minister of health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, a strong supporter of biomedical research, has been invited to deliver the annual David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture. Her presentation, titled “Medical Research and Capacity Building for Development: The Experience of Rwanda,” is scheduled for Wednesday, July 29 at 11:30 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Binagwaho has spoken frequently about the value of research and capacity building at her country’s medical and academic institutions in helping relieve the disease burden that weighs on Rwandan and other lowand middle-income populations. Before becoming minister in 2011, she had served as permanent secretary of health, as executive secretary of Rwanda’s National AIDS Control Commission and as a physician in public hospitals for more than 15 years. She trained in pediatrics, specialized in emergency neonatology and the treatment of HIV/AIDS and earned her doctoral degree from the University of Rwanda in 2014. She holds positions at Harvard University and Dartmouth College, where she teaches courses in health equity, HIV/AIDS, information and communication technologies for health and pediatric care delivery systems.

NIH supports a range of research and training collaborations with Rwandan scientists, such as clinical trials of an HIV vaccine, development of research skills to study cervical and other cancers and investigations of how intimate partner violence affects health.

The event honors the late Dr. David Barmes, a public health dentist and epidemiologist, for his career spent improving health in low- and middle- income countries. The talk is co-sponsored by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the Fogarty International Center and will be webcast live and archived for future viewing.

More information is available at Barmes2015.

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