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UC Riverside researchers present latest findings at UC Davis event April 26

By on April 11, 2014

UC Global Health Day will be held April 26 at UC Davis.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The dean of UC Riverside’s School of Public Policy and UCR graduate students will be among the presenters at the fourth annual UC Global Health Day on Saturday, April 26 at UC Davis. The full-day event will feature several keynote speakers, including UC President Janet Napolitano, as well as breakout sessions and posters presented by UC faculty, staff and students.

UC Global Health Day is hosted by the UC Global Health Institute and showcases research, training and outreach in global health undertaken by faculty, students and staff from the University of California’s 10 campuses. It begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m.

Anil Deolalikar, dean of the UCR School of Public Policy, will participate in a panel discussion, “Centers of Excellence as a Means of Capacity Building in Low-resource Settings.” The panelists will review case studies from Africa and Nicaragua, and discuss whether researchers who collaborate internationally should also help strengthen institutions in the countries where they work.

Ph.D. students Anaka Aiyar (economics), Sara Andrews (psychology), Lisa Garibaldi (anthropology) and Sharon Rushing (anthropology) will present a panel on “The Role of Cultural, Economic and Social Disparities on Global Health: The Social Scientist’s Perspective.” The four will discuss how using a multidisciplinary approach to solving problems related to global health has become accepted practice and how disparities — be they cultural, social , psychological or economic — can affect the health of the individual, the community, the region and the world.

Presenting research in poster sessions are: Shreya Bhattacherjee (economics), application of FGT technique (a measure of poverty) to conceptualize disparity in health outcomes among children across multiple population sub-groups of India; Pallavi Panda (economics), impact of trade on reducing infant mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa; and Dane Reano (microbiology), long-term characterization of residential runoff and assessing potential surrogates of fecal indicator organisms.

Conference keynote speakers are Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California; Dr. Jonathan Samet, director of the Institute of Global health at the University of Southern California; Andrew Hargadon, faculty director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at UC Davis; and Dr. Jonna Mazet, director of the One Health Institute at UC Davis.

Registration is for $50 general admission and $25 for students. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uc-global-health-day-2014-tickets-10729571437 by April 23.

The UC Global Health Institute was established in November 2009 in response to the growing demand from students and faculty interested in global health research and education.  The UCGHI convenes people from across the UC system to collaborate on research projects, and provides education and training opportunities through workshops, courses, lectures and other events.

Several UCR faculty served on the initial planning committee, and the university co-hosts one of the institute’s three centers of expertise — One Health: Water, Animals, Food and Society, which is located on the Riverside and Davis campuses. The center focuses on reducing the rate of disease and death resulting from malnutrition, unsafe water, and animal- and vector-borne diseases with the aim of designing, implementing and evaluating health interventions at the national, regional, community and household levels. Mary Gauvain, UCR professor of psychology, co-directs the research center with Dr. Jonna Mazet of UC Davis.

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