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Director’s Album – Photos

Charting Research Careers in Global Health

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That’s me at the 67th annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). I took part in a townhall-style conversation with ASTMH President Chandy John (far middle, blue shirt). We discussed global health and NIH’s efforts to build career opportunities for trainees abroad. Afterwards, folks in the audience gathered with follow-up questions and to ask for selfies with me, which is always fun. The session was held on November 22, 2019 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Washington, D.C. Credit: Karen Goraleski.

First NIH-CIHR Symposium

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Cross-Border Symposium
On November 22, 2019, I participated in a joint symposium involving NIH and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Held at NIH’s Lawton Chiles International House, this gathering of senior NIH and CIHR leadership marked the first symposium between these analogous governmental organizations. Topics included: cross-border training, international collaboration, global health, artificial intelligence, and implementation science. In this photo showing some of the meeting attendees, I’m standing next to CIHR president Michael Strong. The day-long symposium was co-hosted by NIH’s Fogarty International Center and CIHR. Credit: NIH

2019 Grand Challenges Annual Meeting

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Global Challenges
Greetings from Africa. I am participating in the 2019 Grand Challenges Annual Meeting at the United Nations Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Grand Challenges is a family of global initiatives supported by various funders around the world to address critical problems of health and development. Here, I took part in a panel discussion on October 28 during the meeting’s opening plenary session. The panel included (from left to right) Haitham El-noush, senior adviser, Innovation in Health and Development, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, Oslo; Matshidiso Moeti, director, World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa, Brazzaville, Congo; Felix Dakora, president, African Academy of Sciences (AAS), Nairobi, Kenya; Francis Collins; Jennifer Blanke, vice president, Agriculture, Human and Social Development, African Development Bank Group, Abidjan, Ivory Coast; and Tom Kariuki, AAS’s director of programs. Among the topics raised during this stimulating conversation were the need for cooperation among the world’s scientific and political leaders and current efforts to prioritize African initiatives that will most immediately benefit human health. Credit: AAS

Joining Forces Against Sickle Cell Disease and HIV Infection

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Gates Collaboration Telebriefing
The NIH and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, will invest at least $200 million over the next four years to develop affordable gene-based cures globally for sickle cell disease and HIV infection. The announcement of this timely collaboration was made during a late-morning telebriefing at NIH on October 23, 2019. Here, I met with two of my fellow participants on the call: Gary Gibbons (left), director of NIH’s Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; and Trevor Mundel, (middle), president of the Gates Foundation’s global health efforts. Also joining the telebriefing remotely by phone were Tony Fauci, director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; and Matishidiso Moeti, director of the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa. Credit: NIH

A Cardboard Memory

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You’re right, that’s not really me. Neither is it Santa Tumminia, acting director of NIH’s National Eye Institute, shown in the red jacket making the shape of a heart with her fingers. You’re looking at cardboard cutouts of us at an on-campus event on October 24 for the 2019 NIH Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). So, who says you can’t be in two places at once! Credit: NIH

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