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Johns Hopkins University To Launch Global Health Center To Fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Other Diseases
Johns Hopkins University on Monday announced plans to launch a new Center for Global Health, which will coordinate efforts to fight diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, avian flu and heart disease, the Baltimore Sun reports (Kohn, Baltimore Sun, 5/15). The Center for Global Health will integrate the work of the university's medical school, nursing school and the Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHU release, 5/15). Thomas Quinn -- an infectious disease expert who has been studying HIV/AIDS in Africa, Asia and Latin America for 20 years -- will lead the center. It will receive $800,000 annually in funding from the three schools, and Quinn said he is in talks with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other groups about additional funding (Baltimore Sun, 5/15). Staff members at the center plan to work with advisory committees to identify global health problems, draft solutions, address challenges and locate financial resources, including funding to support overseas travel by students and researchers (AP/WJZ-TV, 5/14). The center has developed a searchable Web site listing the roughly 800 international public health projects being conducted by faculty at the three schools. "The most effective way to strengthen our (global health) efforts is to find smart ways to combine and focus them, to create teams of physicians, nurses, entomologists, engineers, basic scientists -- whoever is needed to attack the problem in a coordinated way," JHU President William Brody said (Baltimore Sun, 5/15).
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