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Disease detective kicks off ‘Voices from the Vanguard’ lecture series

Athens, Ga. – A Stanford University physician and global health expert will open the eighth annual “Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard” lecture series Jan. 14 in the University of Georgia Chapel.

Dr. Michele Barry will talk about what she calls “EGGs,” egregious gaps caused by globalization, and about what can be done to narrow these gaps during a 5:30 p.m. lecture titled Global Health 2.0 – “The EGGs.” The event will be followed by a reception, and both are free and open to the public.

Barry, a professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, is the director of the Center for Global Health and a senior associate dean. As one of the co-founders of the Yale/Stanford Johnson and Johnson Global Health Scholar Award program, she has sent more than 1,000 physicians overseas to underserved areas to help strengthen health infrastructure in low resource settings.

Barry was elected to the Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences in 2002 and was the first chair of the Interest Group on Global Health, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at the IOM. In addition to being selected for Best Doctors in America, she currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Universities involved in Global Health and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research.

“Michele Barry has a stellar track record at Yale and Stanford as a person who walks the walk when it comes to helping some of the most neglected people on the planet,” said Patricia Thomas, a journalism professor and Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism at the Grady College. “She’s also been a TedX speaker on the subject of women and global disease, so I’m expecting a really exciting talk.”

The Voices from the Vanguard Lecture Series is a joint effort of Thomas and Daniel G. Colley, professor of microbiology and director of UGA’s Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases.

The 2013 Voices from the Vanguard series continues on Feb. 11, when Dr. Jose Esparza of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation talks about progress toward a vaccine to prevent HIV/AIDS. The fungal meningitis outbreak linked to tainted drugs will be the subject of a March 18 presentation by Dr. Ben Park of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The April 8 speaker will be Carol Etherington, MSN, RN from Vanderbilt University Institute for Global Health. All lectures will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the UGA Chapel.

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