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Global Perspective Lecture Series

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - Alfonso Rodriguez-Lainz PhD

Alfonso Rodriguez-Lainz PhD
Epidemiologist/Migrant Health Specialist, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  

Venue: Medical Teaching Facility, room 168
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

"Migration: a Critical Link Between US and Global Health"

About Dr. Alfonso Rodriguez-Lainz:
Dr. Alfonso Rodriguez-Lainz is an epidemiologist with the U.S.-Mexico Unit, CDC's Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, based in San Diego, California.  Dr. Rodriguez-Lainz main responsibilities include acting as a liaison, coordinator, planner and project lead for surveillance and health communication activities with Latin American migrants living in the United States. Prior to joining the CDC, Dr. Rodriguez-Lainz worked for the Public Health Institute (California) as the lead evaluator for a multinational project in Latin America.  Other positions he has held include epidemiologist for the California Office of Binational Border Health, California Department of Public Health. Dr. Rodriguez-Lainz has a PhD in Epidemiology and Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine from the University of California at Davis and a Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Cordoba, Spain. He also completed one year postdoctoral epidemiology training with the through California Department of Public Health's Epidemic Intelligence Service program. He has coauthored many peer-reviewed publications, reports and a book on border and migrant health issues. He is also a lecturer on migrant health, global surveillance and international epidemiology at University of California campuses and San Diego State Graduate School or Public Health.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016 - John Spengler, PhD

John Spengler, PhD
Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Venue: MET Upper Auditorium (2nd floor)
Time: 11:30-12:30 PM

Our Common Future” Depends on what we do now! Buildings, Cities and Health: Research of Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment"

It has been 30 years since the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development’s Brundtland Report commenced the global discussion on sustainable development. Thousands of companies are now reporting environmental and social activities; sustainability programs have been established in universities and colleges across the world; numerous NGOs have developed rating systems and watch corporate behavior; and many local and national governments have made commitments to reduce carbon emissions. Yet as the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) approaches, we are still searching for signals that these collective actions are making a difference.

It has been 30 years since the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development’s Brundtland Report commenced the global discussion on sustainable development. Thousands of companies are now reporting environmental and social activities; sustainability programs have been established in universities and colleges across the world; numerous NGOs have developed rating systems and watch corporate behavior; and many local and national governments have made commitments to reduce carbon emissions. Yet as the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) approaches, we are still searching for signals that these collective actions are making a difference.

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Monday, May. 11, 2015 - James L. Griffith, MD

James L. Griffith, MD
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Venue: School of Medicine MTF 168
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

"Global Mental Health: Targeting Mental Illnesses Effectively In Low-Income Countries and Post-Conflict Settings"

The world burden from mental illnesses makes compelling the case for a global mental health movement as an international priority. However, global mental health programs face unique challenges that global health programs for physical diseases have seldom faced. Country by country, far fewer resources, stigma against mental illnesses, and reliance on subjective reports of symptoms exists universally in every society. Funding for global mental health programs is only a small fraction of that available for global health programs for physical diseases. To illustrate, this presentation examines a successful mental health program in Kosovo, Europe’s poorest and psychiatrically least resourced country.

About The Speaker: Dr. Griffith provides psychiatric treatment for immigrants, refugees, and survivors of political torture at Northern Virginia Family Services in Falls Church, VA. Dr. Griffith has published extensively on family-centered treatment of psychosomatic disorders and chronic medical illnesses, including the books, The Body Speaks: Therapeutic Dialogues for Mind-Body Problems; Encountering the Sacred in Psychotherapy, articulated methods for engaging the spiritual and religious resources that people bring to clinical settings, and Religion that Heals, Religion that Harms, and received the 2011 Creative Scholarship Award from the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture. He has received numerous awards including the Human Rights Community Award from the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area and the Margaret B. and Cyril A. Schulman Distinguished Service Award from the George Washington University Medical Center, the Distinguished Teacher Award from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He has been selected by the Washington Psychiatric Society as its 2003 Psychiatrist of the Year and for its 2014 Distinguished Service Award. Most recently, he was selected by Washingtonian Magazine as a 2014 “Top Doctor in Washington.”

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Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 - Colin Butler, MSc, PhD

Colin Butler, MSc, PhD
University of Canberra, Australia

Venue: School of Medicine MTF 168
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

"Climate Change and Health from a Health Earth (H-Earth) Perspective"

H-Earth is an esmerging collaboration of 9 co-founding institutions in 7 countries, which seeks to find self- interested reasons to place the issue of greater health, social and environmental equity more central to the global health agenda. It argues that many of the most pressing problems global health faces are neither mainly social nor mainly environmental, but “eco-social”. It thus follows that solutions must also be eco-social, they cannot be mainly technological. Climate change exemplifies a global health problem which cannot be solved by applying resources mainly to high income populations. While most commentators have argued that climate change largely threatens to harm the health of the poor its foreseeable social consequences include mass migration, conflict, rising food prices, and social instability that would affect all social class. H-Earth seeks to train, educate, and motivate a cohort of public health workers, in collaboration with other disciplines, to better integrate Earth system science not only with health, but planetary scale social science.

About The Speaker: Colin Butler is a Professor at the University of Canberra, and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow on the topic of "Health and Sustainability: Australia in a Global Context". Dr. Butler is especially interested in future global health, including the consequences of global environmental changes such as to the climate, ecosystems, energy sources and resource depletion. He has published widely, and given many invited talks on topics including food security, population growth, ecology and infectious diseases.

Dr. Butler’s collaborations include the World Health Organization, the Special Program on Tropical Diseases Research, and the World Medical Association. He is co-founder of the NGO BODHI, which is active since 1989, especially in India. He is sole editor of Climate Change and Global Health (CABI, Sept 2014) and the senior editor of Health of Planet, People and Places Reflections based on Tony McMichael’s four decades of contribution to epidemiological understanding (ANU E Press, 2015). Dr. Butler is a member of the scientific steering committee of Global Environmental Change and Human Health, which part of the Earth System Science Partnership. His research interests include Sustainability, Human rights and their links with human health.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - Ana Olga Mocumbi, MD, PhD, FESC

Ana Olga Mocumbi, MD PhD FESC
Instituto Nacional de Saúde, Mozambique (National Health Institute of Mozambique)

Venue: School of Medicine MTF 168
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

"Facing the Burden of Cardiovascular Diseases in Mozambique"

A wide range of diseases affect the African population, some determined by poverty and disparity in access to health care. An increase in prevalence of traditional risk factors and lifestyle related to Cardiovascular diseases (CVD), neglected diseases, and CVD complications of infectious endemic diseases constitute a triple burden for Mozambique. The talk will touch on the challenges faced by African researchers in developing research projects and the results of collaborations on three CVD conditions prevalent in Mozambique: Endomyocardial Fibrosis, Rheumatic Heart Valve Disease and Cardiovascular Manifestations of HIV/AIDS.

About The Speaker: Professor Mocumbi received her M.D. from Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique) in 1992 and her Ph.D. from the Imperial College London (United Kingdom) 2008. After her medical training, she worked as a general practitioner, and then got her specialization in Cardiology at the Heart Institute in Mozambique and a Diploma in Pediatric Cardiology from René Descartes University in Paris, France. Professor Mocumbi works currently as a Senior Researcher at the National Health Institute of Mozambique, and has been actively involved in epidemiological and clinical research into neglected cardiovascular diseases, as well as post-graduate training of health professionals. Professor Mocumbi served as General Practitioner and Provincial Manager of Health Resources and Training between 1993 and 1997, and as Director of Research at the Heart Institute in Maputo from 2001 to 2011. She also served as a consultant to the Ministry of Health. She is Vice-President of the Pan African of Cardiology.

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Thursday May 22, 2014 - You are invited to a special talk: Study Abroad in Ecuador: Global Health - Local Reality and Experiential Service Learning


in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health invites you to a special talk

Join us to learn about the efforts of the Fundación Cimas del Ecuador (CIMAS) to establish community-based participatory research. CIMAS’ study programs are based on interdisciplinary team teaching and intercultural perspectives, and link academia to local reality in the search for alternative developments for marginal communities in rural areas of Ecuador. CIMAS programs are focused on a review of development models and their contradictions and impacts on the socio-cultural, economic, educational, public health, and environmental realities at the global and local levels. Students participate at community levels through experiential service learning, internships, research activities, volunteer service, and home stays in different regions of Ecuador.

Time: 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm

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Fundación Cimas del Ecuador (CIMAS) will be officially signing an agreement with the Division of Global Health to open up research, clinical and educational opportunities in the near future. For further details and those interested can contact Dr. Al-Delaimy.


José Suárez-Torres MD, MPH, PhD
Physician and epidemiologist with expertise in interdisciplinary epidemiological research and teaching at Ecuadorian and U.S. Universities.

Dolores López-Paredes, MS, PhD Candidate (Fundación Cimas del Ecuador)
Science and Cultural Studies researcher

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - Katherine Irene Pettus, PhD

Katherine Irene Pettus

Venue: University of California San Diego - Atkinson Pavilion, Faculty Club
Time: 12:00 p.m.

Global and US Perspectives on a Transformative Discipline"

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The Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research in the Division of Social Sciences at UC San Diego, in collaboration with The Center on Global Justice, The UC San Diego School of Medicine, Division of Global Health, invites you to attend a Luncheon and Discussion

Panel Discussion:

William Mitchell, M.D., medical oncology
Mary Deveraux, Ph.D., UCSD Research Ethics Program
Janis Jenkins, Ph.D., Psychological/Medical Anthropologist

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - Chris Bullen

Chris Bullen
Professor of Public Health and Director of the National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI)

Venue: University of California San Diego - MET 315
Time: 12:30 p.m.

"The Tobacco Endgame in New Zealand: Pipedream or Possibility?"

Please RSVP to Jessica Sun at or (858) 300-1028

Professor Chris Bullen is a graduate of the University of Auckland’s School of Medicine, with postgraduate qualifications in obstetrics, child health and public health and a PhD in Community Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Physicians Faculty of Public Health Medicine and a Fellow of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine. In addition to his role as Director of the National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI), Chris teaches public health to undergraduate medical students, is a Board member of the Heart Foundation of New Zealand and contributes to a number of other advisory and advocacy bodies. His current research interests focus primarily on tobacco control and innovative smoking cessation intervention studies, and as part of this, he co-directs the Tobacco Control Research Turanga, a $5m Programme of strategic tobacco research aimed at identifying novel ways to reach New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 goal of a smoking prevalence less than 5 percent.

Tuesday, November 12th 2013 - Eric Stover

Eric Stover
Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights Center,
UC Berkeley

Venue: MET 223
Time: 4:30 p.m.

"Turning a Blind Eye: Medical Professionalism and Detainee Abuse in the War on Terror"

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Eric Stover: Adjunct Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining Berkeley in 1996, Stover served on several forensic missions to investigate mass graves as an “Expert on Mission” to the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. In the early 1990s, Stover conducted pioneering research on the medical and social consequences on land mines in post-­‐war countries. His research helped launch the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines, which received the Nobel Prize in 1997. Stover has published six books, including The Witnesses: War Crimes and The Promise of Justice in The Hague (Best Human Rights Book of 2005 awarded by the American Political Science Association) and Witnesses from the Grave: The Stories Bones Tell (New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 1999). At Berkeley, Stover has built the Human Rights Center into a premier interdisciplinary research and policy center that is nationally and internationally highly regarded.

Friday, September 20th 2013 - Vanessa Kerry, MD

Vanessa Kerry MD
CEO of Seed Global Health

Venue: Garren Auditorium, UCSD School of Medicine
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - Wael Al-Delaimy, MD, PhD

Wael Al-Delaimy, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health
University of California, San Diego

Venue: MET 215 (Medical Education and Telemedicine Building) UCSD School of Medicine
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

"The Big Picture: transition from public to global health"

The proximate and root causes of neonatal mortality in low resource settings, what interventions are needed to improve neonatal survival and how indidivuals in high resource settings can contribute will be discussed.

Bio: Dr. Al-Delaimy is currently Professor at the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego. He is a multidisciplinary epidemiologist focusing on research addressing issues of exposure assessment and its relation to chronic diseases of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

About the topic: Al-Delaimy covers the history of public health and its evolution from mostly focused on infectious disease to the focus on chronic non-communicable diseases and citing examples from his work on exposure assessment of tobacco and diet. He then makes the case why Global Health has gained more prominence and the global health topics in environmental health that he is involved with and that much more is needed by the public health community to address these important global health problems.
May 9, 2013 - The Division of Global Health, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health special mini-symposium

Venue: Medical Education and Telemedicine Building (MET) Room 141 (beside Club Med Entrance facing the Yard)
Time: 4-6 pm

Global Mental Health: The Case of Refugees and Immigrants

Opening Guest Presentation:  Refugee Crisis in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan  
By His Royal Highness Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Bio: His Royal Highness received a BA from Tufts University in 1987, MA in International Relations/Strategic Studies from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1995, M.Phil in Historical Studies from the University of Cambridge in 1998, and attended the British Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1990.  He has dedicated considerable support to humanitarian and charitable causes.  He is chairman of the National Committee for Demining and Rehabilitation, president of the Hashemite Commission for Disabled Soldiers, and vice president of the Higher Council for the Affairs of People with Disabilities.  From November 2007 to November 2008, he was president of the 8th Meeting of States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.  Since 2009, he has served as Special Envoy on the Universalization of the Convention.  His Royal Highness will present his personal observations of refugees in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.   

Presentations of Panelists:

Globalization and Mental Health

Lawrence Palinkas, PhD
Professor, Division of Global Health, UCSD
Professor of Social Policy and Health, USC

Bio: A medical anthropologist, His current research encompasses mental health services, immigrant health and global health. His research has included studies of psychosocial adaptation to extreme environments and manmade disasters; mental health needs of older adults; cultural explanatory models of mental illness and service utilization; evaluation of academic-community research practice partnerships; and the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices for delivery of mental health services to children, adolescents and underserved populations.

Epidemiology of Global Mental Health Among Refugees

Wael Al-Delaimy MD, PhD
Professor, Division of Global Health, UCSD

Bio: He finished his medical training in Iraq and his PhD In epidemiology from New Zealand, was a research   fellow and research associate at Harvard university, scientist at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and faculty at UCSD since 2004. His work is focused on chronic diseases and more recently working with local refugees and immigrants to address mental health and trauma history among recently arriving Iraqi refugees and immigrant Hispanics.

Refugee Mental Health: Programs and policies to promote resilience

Kate Murray, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Division of Global Health, UCSD

Bio: Has been working with refugee communities over the past 10 years. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from Arizona State University and completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Australia in 2007 to conduct international research on refugee mental health. She is currently leading several research and education efforts to promote health with immigrant and refugee communities in San Diego.

Collaborative Care Model for Mental Health in Low-Income Latino populations

Marianne McKennett, MD
Professor, Division of Global Health, UCSD

Bio: Director of the Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program. she attended medical school at UC-Irvine and finished residency at UCSD. During her residency, Dr. Mckennet worked at the San Ysidro Health Center and eventually witnessed its incorporation into what would become the Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program. She has maintained an active clinical practice in the south bay for over 20 years, including emphasis on obstetrics, prenatal care, and gynecologic procedures. She was named in San Diego Magazine’s “Top Doctor” list, and she is a 2004 recipient of the esteemed CAFP Teacher of the Year award. Her passion and commitment to the south Bay’s underserved Latino population is a foundation upon which the residency stands.

The symposium will be moderated by Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy.

Wednesday April 17th, 2013 - Marc Weisskopf

Marc Weisskopf
PhD, ScD Associate Professor Harvard School of Public Health
Venue: MET 204
Time: 11:30 am-12:30 pm

"Does pesticide exposure cause depression? A study among French Farmers with global implications."

The public health burden of suicide is huge around the world.  The vast majority of suicides that occur in the developing world are committed by ingesting pesticides.  It has largely been assumed that this is because of the easy availability of pesticides if one intends to commit suicide.  However, exposure to those pesticides can affect the brain that one is more prone to attempt suicide.  Reasons to suspect such a possibility exist, but have not received much research attention.  The presentation will present data from a study of French farmers and cover studies aimed at examining whether exposure to pesticides increases the risk for depression, a public health problem but also a strong risk factor for suicide.

Bio: Dr. Weisskopf is Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health. He finished is BSc in Neuroscience from Brown University, his PhD in Neuroscience from UCSF, and his ScD in Epidemiology from Harvard University. His work is focused on how environmental risk factors affect the nervous system, especially autism, Parkinson’s disease (PD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), cognitive function, and other psychiatric disorders. Some of his global health work involves organochlorine exposures and risk of PD among Finnish residents; head injury and occupational exposures and ALS in Denmark; lead exposure and attention behaviors in Mexican children; and air pollution and cognitive function among an ethnic minority population in China.  He has received the American Federation for Aging Research-New York Academy of Sciences-General Electric Healthcare Neuroimaging Prize for Junior Investigators; has been a member of Institute of Medicine and EPA committees related to neurological effects of environmental exposures; and is an Associate Editor of Environmental Health Perspectives.