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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 26, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 23
Center for Global Health Names Three Associate Directors

By Heidi Glatfelter
Center for Global Health

Thomas Quinn, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, has named Chris Beyrer, Robert Bollinger Jr. and Nancy Glass as associate directors. The three will serve as liaisons between the center and the schools of Public Health, Medicine and Nursing, respectively.

The center was launched in May 2006 to facilitate and focus the extensive expertise and resources of the Johns Hopkins Institutions, together with global collaborators, to address and ameliorate the world's most pressing health issues. It is the first such center anywhere to combine the strengths of top-ranked schools of medicine, nursing and public health.

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. They also will 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," Quinn said. "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."

Beyrer is a professor of epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he serves as 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. He said he hopes to integrate the work of the Center for Public Health and Human Rights with the work of the Center for Global Health.

Bollinger is a professor of infectious diseases in the Department of Medicine at the School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in the Department of International Health at the Bloomberg School. 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.

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/Indian Council of Medical Research and the BJ Medical College. His ongoing public health research includes additional collaborative projects in Uganda and the DRC.

Glass, an associate professor at the School of Nursing, 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. She 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.

Glass is the principal investigator of an 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 women. She also 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 toward permanent housing for battered women. Both projects are funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Center for Global Health helps to broker collaboration among nearly two doz-en 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. In addition, it puts students out into the field to work shoulder to shoulder with faculty mentors and train most effectively to become the next generation of leaders in global health.


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