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February 22, 2007

Center for Global Health Names Associate Directors

Thomas Quinn, MD, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, has named Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH, Robert Bollinger, Jr., MD, MPH, and Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN as associate directors. Each will serve as a liaison between the Center for Global Health and the Johns Hopkins University’s schools of Public Health, Medicine and Nursing, respectively.

The associate directors will identify and prioritize opportunities and trends in their respective disciplines, enabling the Center to operate on the forefront of global health activities throughout the world. They will also establish collaborations with other entities, both within and outside the University, in order to design research projects, implement new prevention and treatment interventions, and seek resources for new lifesaving programs.

“I am very excited to have the advice and expertise of Drs. Beyrer, Bollinger, and Glass to assist with the Center’s overall mission. Each has a unique set of skills and knowledge that can help the Center implement research findings, educational opportunities, and health services on a larger scale to improve health wherever disparities exist,” said Quinn.

Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH
Chris Beyer is a professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He serves as the director of both the Hopkins Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program and the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health and Human Rights. He is also a senior scientific liaison with the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Beyrer’s work centers on HIV preventive interventions, including vaccine clinical trials and preparedness studies, and the epidemiology of HIV. His interest in public health and human rights is expressed through his work with the Center for Public Health and Human Rights, and he hopes to integrate the work of this Center with the work of the Center for Global Health.

Robert C. Bollinger, Jr., MD, MPH
Robert Bollinger is a professor of infectious diseases in the Department of Medicine of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in the Department of International Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. He directs the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education and is the country director for the Hopkins Fogarty International Programs in India and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Bollinger has more than 27 years of experience in international public health, clinical research and education in a broad range of global health priorities, including HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, leprosy, and emerging infections. Over the past 14 years, he has initiated and conducted a large collaborative Indo-U.S. HIV research program in Pune, with the National AIDS Research Institute/ICMR and the BJ Medical College. His ongoing public health research includes additional collaborative projects in Uganda and the DRC.

Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN
Nancy Glass is an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She conducts community-based collaborative intervention research in the area of health disparities and intimate partner violence and is a clinician working with survivors of intimate partner violence. Glass recently completed two years of study through the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health Scholar program, which is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health. She is the principal investigator of a NIH/National Institute of Nursing Research study to evaluate a workplace intervention to prevent and reduce the impact of intimate partner violence on the health, safety and employment of low-income immigrant and U.S.-born women. She is principal investigator of a study to assess for risk and protective factors of repeat victimization for women in same-sex relationships and co-principal investigator of a study to evaluate the effectiveness, including cost-effectiveness, of rent assistance towards permanent housing for battered women. Both projects are funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Glass is president of the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International.


About the Center

The Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health was launched in May 2006 to facilitate and focus the extensive expertise and resources of the Johns Hopkins Institutions, together with global collaborators, to effectively address and ameliorate the world's most pressing health issues.

The Center bridges the international work of the university's Bloomberg School of Public Health, School of Medicine and School of Nursing and is the first such center anywhere to combine the strengths of top-ranked schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health.

The Center for Global Health helps to broker collaboration among nearly two dozen existing programs in the three schools; together, those programs already operate more than 400 projects around the world. The Center also seeks out and secures funding for new initiatives and recruits faculty to address emerging global health issues. It also puts students out into the field to work shoulder-to-shoulder with faculty mentors, where they can train most effectively to become the next generation of leaders in global health.

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