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January 14, 2009

Bloomberg School Faculty Named Global Health Research Ambassadors

Top U.S. Global Health Researchers to Push for More U.S. Support

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health faculty members Adnan A. Hyder, MD, PhD, MPH, and Mathuram Santosham, MD, MPH, have been selected to join a group of 25 experts in global health research who will advocate for greater U.S. investment in global health research. They join 50 of their peers in Research! America’s Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research in a united effort to build a national conversation around the value and importance of U.S. funded global heath research.

The Rogers Society, named for the Honorable Paul G. Rogers (1921-2008), former Florida Congressman, renowned champion for health research, and Research! America chair emeritus, works to increase awareness of and make the case for greater U.S. investment in research to fight diseases that disproportionately affect the world’s poorest nations.

hyderDr. Hyder is an internationally-respected injury expert and an associate professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of International Health, where he also directs the International Injury Research Unit. He is deputy director of health systems, and also a core faculty of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Hyder serves as a consultant to several international organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO) and was editor of the WHO/World Bank-World Report on Road Traffic Injuries Prevention; WHO-Guidelines for Injury Surveys; and most recently, the WHO/UNICEF-World Report on Child Injuries Prevention.

santoshamDr. Santosham is regarded throughout the world as an expert in oral rehydration therapy and childhood vaccines. He is a professor and director of the Health Systems Program in the Bloomberg School’s Department of International Health and he is director of the Center for American Indian and Alaskan Native Health. Santosham has conducted numerous vaccine efficacy trials, including rotavirus vaccine, H. influenzae type b (Hib) conjugate vaccine, and pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in Asia and among American Indian populations. He has published over 200 articles in scientific journals and acted as consultant to over 30 countries and to various international organizations including the WHO, USAID and UNICEF.

Jacquelyn C. Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, a professor in Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, was also named as a Global Health Research Ambassador. Dr. Campbell also holds a joint appointment in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Health Policy and Management.

The Paul G. Rogers Society was established in 2006 by Research! America with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Research! America works with the Ambassadors to maximize the effectiveness of their outreach to policymakers, opinion leaders and the media.

Research! America is the nation’s largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. Founded in 1989, it is supported by 500 member organizations, which represent more than 125 million Americans.

Click here to learn more about the Global Health Research Ambassadors.

Public Affairs media contact: Tim Parsons at 410-955-7629 or tmparson@jhsph.edu.