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November 6, 2015
Vol. LXVII, No. 23


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Murray To Present Latest ‘Global Burden of Disease’ Findings

Dr. Christopher Murray
Dr. Christopher Murray


The Fogarty International Center will host a presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 18 by Dr. Christopher J.L. Murray, who leads the Global Burden of Disease research project, the largest and most comprehensive effort to date to measure and visualize health trends worldwide. His talk, “New Insights from the Global Burden of Disease 2013 Study,” will be held at 11 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Murray will discuss the latest findings from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors Study (GBD), focusing on four papers recently published in The Lancet. Key points are related to child and adult mortality; causes of death; communicable, maternal, neonatal and nutritional disorders; non-communicable diseases; injuries and risk factors.

GBD 2013 expands the methodology, datasets and tools used in the prior update, GBD 2010, which Murray addressed during an NIH visit 2 years ago.

A physician and economist, Murray is a professor of global health and director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. He is a founder of the Global Burden of Disease, which he describes as a systematic, scientific effort to quantify the comparative magnitude of health loss due to diseases, injuries and risk factors by age, sex, geography and over time. GBD is a collaboration that involves more than 1,000 researchers in over 100 countries assembling the world’s data.

The IHME aims to provide the most accurate and comprehensive population health information to create a strong foundation for strategic decision-making. In addition to collecting data, IHME develops methods to understand it and trains the next generation of data scientists.

For more information, visit MurrayLecture2015.

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