HMJ graduate students have exceptional access to national and international leaders in journalism, public health, health policy and biomedical research – due to the strong public service mission of UGA's Knight Chair. Interdisciplinary collaborations enable Professor Thomas to bring experts to UGA for a range of lectures and discussions. Off campus, professional development events for ethnic and traditional media are joint ventures with media organizations, foundations or public agencies.
April 8, 2013 - Carol Etheringtion, MSN, R.N.
By the time Carol Etherington responded to New York after 9/11, she had traveled the world for three decades - assisting people devastated by war and natural disaster as well as violence within our own country. In the classroom at Vanderbilt University, she challenges students and providers from across the disciplines to develop a grounded
and realistic perspective on global health, particularly among the world's most vulnerable populations.
March 18, 2013 - Benjamin J. Park, MD
Dr. Benjamin Park came to the CDC in 2002 expecting to track fungal infections in places where HIV/AIDS makes people susceptible to them, or in trauma patients where sudden, flesh-eating fungus infections can lead to amputation or death in a matter of days. What he did not anticipate was leading the epidemiologic investigation into the largest and possibly the deadliest healthcare-associated outbreak in U.S. history. He and his colleagues quickly traced the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak to contaminated steroid medication, but the story continues to unfold. Hear it from a disease detective on the scene.
February 11, 2013 - José Esparza, MD, PhD
José Esparza has been battling viruses that make people sick since he was a medical student in Maracaibo, Venezuela. For decades he's worked around the world, seeking to slow the spread of dangerous viruses from Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis to HIV. He's played a critical role in the quest for a vaccine to prevent AIDS, earlier with the World Health Organization and now with the Gates Foundation.
January 14, 2013 - Michele Barry, MD, FACP
Although globalization has led to beneficial exchanges of ideas, money and trade, it has made some people rich while leaving others hungry and sick. Learn about creative, affordable ways to fix "The EGGs" -- Egregious Gaps caused by Globalization - from a global health innovator who has sent more than 1,000 physicians to underserved parts of the world.
January 17, 2012 - Dr.Robert Tauxe delivers First Voices Lecture
A physician and public health expert who has spent his career battling illnesses transmitted by contaminated food and water opens the 7th annual Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard lecture series. See the Article >
February 21, 2012 - Dr. Sheila West, John Hopkins Universit
The 2012 Voices from the Vanguard series continues on February 21 with a lecture by Sheila West, an expert on trachoma and blindess based at the famous Wilmer Eye Institute at John Hopkins University.
March 20, 2012 - Dr. Marc Laforce, meningitis vaccine initiative
Dr. Marc LaForce, who has spent the past 10 years developing a meningitis vaccine for Africa that is both effective and inexpensive, will appear March 20, 2012.
April 10, 2012 - Matthew LeBreton, Global Virus Forecasting Initiative (based in Cameroon)
The 2012 series concludes on April 10 with field biologist and biodiversity expert Matt LeBreton of the Global Virus Forecasting Initiative, who looks for emerging infectious scourges among bush meat hunters and indigenous populations in Cameroon.
April 19-22, 2012 – Health Journalism 2012
Health Journalism 2012 – the 14th annual conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists – is set for April 19-22 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. Join more than 500 other journalists as they take part in skill-building workshops, sit in on panel discussions and visit area research sites. The conference, produced by the association’s Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, features world-class speakers, important news briefings and helpful sessions all aimed at aiding reporters, editors and news producers in better covering the latest health issues. UGA will serve as Co-Host, please visit http://www.healthjournalism.org/secondarypage-details.php?id=989 for registration information.
Award–winning Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Karl Stark shows Georgia journalists how to probe hospital tax records.