Saturday, April 27, 2013

Inaugural VCU Global Health Symposium

VCU Global Health and Health Disparities research team reunion
(from left to right: Dr. Bearman, Kate, Jackie, Gaby, Audrey)
Today the inaugural VCU Global Health Symposium was held in Richmond, Virginia, bringing together faculty and students from across the university who are involved in global health efforts.

One of the key goals of the meeting was to provide a platform for sharing ideas, networking and developing the framework for future collaboration. The meeting featured short talks focused on research at both the community and international levels, and a poster session.

Dr. Moskowitz presenting on a national rheumatic fever
project in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Researchers presented on both local community health projects (including our clean water project in northern Honduras, as well as a skin cancer prevention project in Peru and a dental project in Jamaica) and a later session focused on country-wide global health efforts. These included a project focused on rheumatic fever surveillance in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, trauma infrastructure development in Latin America, student education projects in India and medical simulation education in Poland. The meeting was capped off with an inspiring talk on global health research by the dean of the VCU School of Medicine Dr. Jerome Strauss.

Twenty students and residents presented 22 posters related to global health research and health outreach. Our northern Honduras group was well represented with 4 students presenting 5 posters (way to go Jackie/ Gaby/ Audrey/ Kate!).

I left the meeting inspired, re-charged and with some fresh ideas; better yet, our group now has some potential new collaborators. I am already looking forward to the 2014 symposium!

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