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June 25 - July 1, 2017

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Science of Eradication: Malaria leadership development course

Location: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

The 2017 edition of the Science of Eradication: Malaria leadership development course provided 53 individuals
from 37 countries with a multidisciplinary perspective on approaches to malaria elimination and eradication.

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Convened in collaboration by Harvard University, the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, the 2017 edition of the course took place in Basel, Switzerland.

For more information, visit the course website.

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November 1, 2016

4:30 - 6:00PM
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Effective Storytelling: Igniting Global Health Change

Location: Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Room 110

Storytelling is a powerful tool to raise awareness and motivate behavior change on critical global issues - from climate change to controlling infectious diseases, like malaria.

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Global health advocates and talented storytellers with expertise in documentary filmmaking, graphic/animated video production, and mass communication campaigns shared insider perspectives on the potential to positively impact global health through creative mechanisms.

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October 21, 2016

4:30 - 6:00PM
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An Agenda for Action: The Future of Health in Nigeria

Location: FXB Building, Room G12, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

A distinguished group of global health experts will share recent findings published in the journal of Health Systems & Reform, exploring challenges and opportunities related to data availability for decision-making, implementation practices, and health system governance structures. 

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View the Health Systems & Reform publications here.

A recording of this event can be found here.

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June 12-18, 2016

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Science of Eradication: Malaria - Core Course

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Convened in collaboration by Harvard University, the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, the 2016 edition of the course was hosted by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health.

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Participants of the intensive weeklong Core Course of the Science of Eradication: Malaria leadership development course gained knowledge and skills to develop and direct malaria control, elimination, and eradication programs.
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May 10, 2016

11:00AM - 2:00PM
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Smile, Share, and Be Aware

Location: Science Center Plaza, Harvard Yard

Students, faculty, and the extended Harvard community joined the global movement to eradicate malaria through the Smile, Share, and Be Aware Campaign at Harvard College. Rising Junior Ava Violich, Runner-up Winner of the Harvard Malaria Competition, organized this interactive campaign designed to capture fun shots of Harvard community members via social media.

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Participants also learned more about malaria and our shared roles in eradicating this deadly disease. The Harvard Malaria Competition was sponsored by Harvard’s Defeating Malaria Initiative, Malaria No More, and the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria.

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April 11-25, 2016

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Malaria Assassins

Location: Harvard College, Duke University, Northeastern University, Northwestern University, Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, and University of California-Los Angeles

Winner of the Harvard Malaria Competition $10,000 Prize, Malaria Assassins was a nationwide live-action game of “Assassins” played on university campuses to raise awareness about the problem of malaria. Malaria Assassins was hosted at Harvard College and partner institutions from the Consortium of Universities for Global Health and organized by Harvard College Seniors Bianca Mulaney, Brendan Eappen, Amna Hashmi, Willy Xiao, and Sophomore Andrew Chang.

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Malaria Assassins was an interactive way for students to learn about the latest progress towards malaria eradication while engaging with others. The Harvard Malaria Competition is sponsored by Harvard’s Defeating Malaria Initiative, Malaria No More, and the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria.

To find out more, visit Malaria Assassins.

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April 7, 14, and 21, 2016

5:30PM - 7:30PM
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Defeating Malaria: From the Genes to the Globe Undergraduate Colloquium

Location: The Harvard Faculty Club

The Undergraduate Colloquium is an interdisciplinary academic opportunity that uses malaria as a case study to provide Harvard College students with a multidimensional perspective on global health.

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Harvard College undergraduates accepted into the program attended three 2 hour-long evening sessions, where they discussed different aspects of the challenges and approaches to global malaria eradication, from the biology of the parasite to interventions and environmental factors, as well as economic and policy considerations with Harvard faculty. The first two sessions provided students with the necessary foundation to actively participate in a case study which occurred during the final session. Upon completion of all three sessions, students received a letter of recommendation from the organizing faculty affirming their participation in the colloquium.

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April 6, 2016

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Harvard Malaria Forum – The Promise & Peril of New Vaccines

Location: Joseph B. Martin Conference Center

The Harvard Malaria Forum brought together leaders at the intersection of public-private partnerships, in particular those from pharmaceutical, biotech, government, and academia, to discuss the current state-of-the-art and explore actionable strategies for the next frontier in vaccine development for HIV, TB, Malaria, and Cancer.

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February 10, 2016

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The Quest to Eradicate Malaria: A Progress Report

Location: Joseph B. Martin Center, Rotunda, Harvard Medical School

Rear Admiral Timothy Ziemer, President's Malaria Initiative Coordinator, delivered a progress report on the status of global malaria.

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Event host Professor Ashish Jha, PhD, K.T. Li Professor of International Health and Faculty Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute moderated a discussion with Rear Admiral Ziemer, Jessica Cohen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Global Health, Regina Rabinovich, MD, MPH, ExxonMobil Scholar in Residence at Harvard University, and Dyann Wirth, PhD, Richard Pearson Strong Professor and Chair of the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases.

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December 7-9, 2015

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malERA Refresh: Basic Science and Enabling Technologies Panel

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton, Boston, MA

MalERA Refresh, coordinated by the Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance (MESA), is a consultative process to update the Malaria Eradication Research Agenda (malERA) published in PloS Medicine in 2011. The Basic Science and Enabling Technologies Panel was convened at Harvard University.

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Panel goals and objectives

1. Review progress made in basic science and enabling technologies for malaria elimination since malERA 2011.

2. Refine the current, and identify any new, research and development questions for malaria elimination.

3. Prioritize the updated research and development questions for malaria elimination.

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October 5, 2015

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HUBWeek: Four Global Health Threats, Four Global Health Opportunities

Location: Joseph B. Martin Center, Rotunda, Harvard Medical School

As part of Boston’s HUBweek, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health faculty led a discussion on four major global health threats that challenge the lives and health of people in the US and globally.

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Panel discussions focused on:

  • Old and New Pandemics, ranging from AIDS, TB, and malaria to new threats including ebola, obesity, and diabetes;
  • Social and Environmental Threats, ranging from air and water pollution to violence and war;
  • Poverty and Humanitarian Crises and their effects on health; and
  • Failing Health Systems as we seek to get more and better health care for the money we spend, both in the US and internationally.

To learn more, visit Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s website.

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October 1, 2015

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2015 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize Symposium

Location: Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School

The recipients of the 2015 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize were recognized at a scientific symposium hosted by Harvard Medical School on October 1, 2015.

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The 2015 recipients of the Warren Alpert Foundation Prize were Ruth S. Nussenzweig and Victor Nussenzweig, faculty at the NYU Langone Medical Center, and Tu Youyou of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing. They were recognized for their pioneering discoveries in chemistry and parasitology, and their personal commitment to translating these discoveries into effective chemotherapeutic and vaccine-based approaches to controlling malaria.

For more information, visit the Warren Alpert Foundation Prize website.

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September 22 - October 2, 2015

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Science of Eradication: Malaria – Brazil

Location: University of São Paulo, Brazil

Presented by the São Paulo School of Advanced Science, this course was designed for students at all levels from institutions world-wide, as well as global public health professionals, private sector professionals, academic faculty, scientists, researchers, malaria control program administrators, and field-based personnel.

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For more information, visit the course website.

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June 20-22, 2015

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Science of Eradication: Malaria - Advanced Module

Location: Harvard Business School, Boston, MA

The Science of Eradication: Malaria leadership development course offers a specialized Advanced Module titled "Malaria: Breaking the Cycle (Tools, Strategies, and Implementation). This module provided participants with an opportunity to gain more in-depth knowledge on topics related to malaria transmission.

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For more information, visit the course website.

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June 14-19, 2015

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Science of Eradication: Malaria - Core Module

Location: Harvard Business School, Boston, MA

The Science of Eradication: Malaria Core Module is an intensive weeklong foundational leadership development course that provides participants with a multidisciplinary perspective on approaches to malaria elimination and eradication.

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Convened in collaboration by Harvard University, the Barcelona Institute for Global Health and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, the 2015 edition of the course was hosted at the Harvard Business School.

For more information, visit the course website.

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May 1, 2015

4:00PM - 5:30PM
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Accelerating to Zero: Current Thinking at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on an Approach to a Malaria Free World

Location: Kresge G2, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

On May 1, 2015, Dr. Alan Magill, Director of the Malaria Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, gave a seminar entitled, "Accelerating to Zero: Current Thinking at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on an Approach to a Malaria Free World." The event also featured a networking reception with students and faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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April 24, 2015

8:00AM - 1:00PM
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World Malaria Day 2015 - Partnerships for Malaria Elimination: Lessons and Opportunities

Location: Joseph B. Martin Center, Rotunda, Harvard Medical School

The global community has made gains in fighting malaria, but those advances are tenuous and multi-sector partnerships are needed to eradicate the disease. That was the consensus among experts in the field who gathered at a forum co-hosted by Harvard’s Defeating Malaria initiative on April 24 to mark World Malaria Day. The event, Partnerships for Malaria Elimination: Lessons and Opportunities, focused on the need to build partnerships between governments, academic researchers, and the private sector.

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World Malaria Day forum explores public-private partnerships

Hosts & Moderators

  • Ray Chambers, United Nation’s Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria – Video Message
  • Sancia Dalley, Director, Global Programs and Partnerships, GBCHealth
  • Dyann F. Wirth, PhD, Richard Pearson Strong Professor and Chair, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Ryan Johnson, Accenture Development Partners (Moderator)
  • David Golan, MD, PhD, Dean for Graduate Education, Harvard Medical School (Moderator)

Panelists

  • Halima Mwenesi, PhD, Director, Infectious Diseases Division, Global Health Programs, Global Health, Population and Nutrition Group, FHI 360
  • Regina Rabinovich, MD, MPH, ExxonMobil Scholar in Residence at Harvard University and Director, Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance (MESA), Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)
  • Douglass Simpson, Former President and CEO, Corgenix
  • Santiago Ferro, MD, Vice President of Clinical Affairs, Fio Corporation
  • Jacob Williams, PhD, MPH, Director, Integrated Vector Management, Research Triangle Institute (RTI); Co-Chair, Vector Control Working Group, Roll Back Malaria Partnership
  • Samuel Asiedu Agyei, Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Manager, Episcopal Relief & Development/NetsforLife®
  • Eliza Petrow, Senior Technical Program Adviser, J.C. Flowers Foundation
  • Elaine Roman, Malaria Director, Jhpiego
  • Rebecca Stevens, Director of Public Affairs, Malaria Initiative, Novartis Pharmaceuticals

 

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February 23, 2015

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In Our Blood: Challenging Millennials to End Malaria

Together with the Harvard Undergraduate Global Health Forum, the Defeating Malaria initiative presented "In Our Blood: Challenging Millennials to End Malaria," an event featuring Kate Otto, Founder, Everyday Ambassador; Sonia Shah, author of "The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years;" Maggie Koerth-Baker, Science Editor at Boingboing.net; and John Brownstein, Founder of HealthMap and Associate Professor at HMS.

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December 4, 2014

3:00PM - 6:30PM
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The Last Mile to Malaria Eradication Symposium

Location: Kresge G3, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The "From the Genes to the Globe" Symposium Series presented The Last Mile to Malaria Eradication, a special symposium discussing multidisciplinary approaches to malaria control and elimination, and the path to eradication. The symposium was followed by a Malaria Research Poster Session and Networking Reception.

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Hosts & Moderators

  • Barry Bloom, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and Joan L. & Julius H. Jacobson Professor of Public Health
  • Matthias Marti, Associate Professor of Immunology & Infectious Diseases
  • Michael Reich, Taro Takemi Professor of International Health Policy
  • Dyann Wirth, Richard Pearson Strong Professor & Chair, Department of Immunology & Infectious Diseases

Speakers

  • Caroline Buckee, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
  • Marcia Castro, Associate Professor of Demography
  • Flaminia Catteruccia, Associate Professor of Immunology & Infectious Diseases
  • Jessica Cohen, Assistant Professor of Global Health
  • Manoj Duraisingh, Professor of Immunology & Infectious Diseases
  • Günther Fink, Associate Professor of International Health Economics
  • Sarah Volkman, Principal Research Scientist

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December 4, 2014                                                                                                                                       Symposium – 3:00pm – 5:30pm, Kresge G3, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Poster Session & Reception – 5:30pm – 6:30pm, FXB Building Lobby/Atrium, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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November 16-22, 2014

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Malaria Control: From the Bench to the Field

Location: Porto Velho, Brazil

As part of a joint effort with collaborators in Brazil, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health convened Malaria Control: From the Bench to the Field, a new course that explored key aspects of malaria research, including fundamental elements of Plasmodium invasion, homing/latency, and transmission, as well as field-based approaches and testing.

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Held at the Fiocruz research facility in Porto Velho, Brazil, the course enrollment was targeted at graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows from Harvard University (Medical School, School of Public Health, etc.) and from academic institutions in Latin America.

At the start of the course, students participated in a two-day public workshop titled, “Multidisciplinary Malaria Research in the Era of Elimination,” led by internationally renowned scientists and teaching faculty who presented and discussed recent advances in areas of parasite biology, vector biology, entomology, immunology, pathogenesis, and epidemiology. 

Immediately following the workshop, students participated in a 4-day course that was composed of lectures, discussions, site visits, and laboratory work.

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November 7, 2014

9:00AM - 3:45PM
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New Tools, Opportunities & Approaches - Drug Development for Malaria & Tuberculosis: South Africa's Important Role

Location: Countway Library, Boston

Hosted by Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, this special symposium convened experts from academia, global health research centers and industry to discuss new tools, opportunities, and approaches to drug development for malaria and tuberculosis. The symposium highlighted South Africa's important role in research and innovation.

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Hosts & Speakers

  • Gail H. Cassell, Senior Lecturer, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Dyann F. Wirth, Richard Pearson Strong Professor and Chair, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Experts from Academia, Global Health Research Centers & Industry

  • Broad Institute
  • Emory University
  • Harvard University
  • Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
  • KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB and HIV
  • Merck Serono
  • South African Medical Research Council
  • Stanford School of Medicine

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Friday, November 7, 2014
9:00am – 3:45pm
Ballard Room, Countway Library of Medicine
10 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA

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June 23-24, 2014

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Plasmodium falciparum in the Human Bone Marrow: The Malaria Headquarters?

Location: Harvard Club of Boston

Hosted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, this scientific workshop assembled a diverse group of experts from around the world to discuss the most pressing questions related to the interaction of malaria parasites with the human bone marrow.

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This meeting was generously supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, OzEMalaR, and EVIMalaR networks of excellence.

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June 7-9, 2014

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Science of Eradication: Malaria - Advanced Module

Location: Basel, Switzerland

Using proven business concepts and effective program management strategies, participants in the Managing the End of Malaria Advanced Course Module gained a deeper understanding of how to evaluate and scale-up interventions to successfully eradicate malaria.

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For more information, visit the course website.

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June 1-6, 2014

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Science of Eradication: Malaria - Core Module

Location: Basel, Switzerland

The Science of Eradication: Malaria core module took place June 1-6, 2014 in Basel, Switzerland. The third edition of this leadership development course brought together individuals from 31 countries to discuss a range of topics related to malaria control, elimination and eradication.

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For more information, visit the course website.

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April 25, 2014

4:00PM
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Mob Malaria

Location: Science Center Plaza, Harvard Yard

Mob Malaria is a global, student-run project to raise awareness of malaria and its eradication efforts through fun. On World Malaria Day (April 25th, 2014), students and community members in Cambridge, USA; Changsha, China; and Harare, Zimbabwe took part in an audio-guided flash mob.

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A winning proposal of the Harvard Malaria Competition, Mob Malaria was funded and sponsored by Harvard’s Defeating Malaria Initiative, Malaria No More, and the United Nation’s Special Envoy for Malaria. The initiative rests on the idea that awareness is the first step toward change, and fun is a first step toward awareness. After all, if we can do incredible and ridiculous things for fun, why can’t we do them for good?

Unlike traditional flash mobs, Mob Malaria was a flash mob experience for its participants, who performed ridiculous, fun actions under the guidance of a pre-recorded audio file. You can check out our social media campaign at https://www.facebook.com/mobmalaria and www.twitter.com/MobMalaria.

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April 25, 2014

12:00PM
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Miles Against Malaria

Location: DCR Artesani Herter Park

On World Malaria Day (April 25), Harvard Malaria Competion winner and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health MPH candidate, Ukachi Emeruwa convened Miles Against Malaria, a 5K community-wide walk/jog/run that harnessed the unity and reach of the Harvard community for the purpose of demonstrating to the world that at Harvard, Malaria Matters.

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Miles Against Malaria

Friday, April 25, 2014 (World Malaria Day)
DCR Artesani Herter Park
1255 Soldiers Field Road
Boston, MA 02135

Schedule:
12:00 – 1:00PM Open registration, check-in, & t-shirt collection
1:00PM Opening events: introduction, speaker, performances
1:30PM 5K Walk/Jog/Run Start Time
2:30PM Awards Ceremony and closing event

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April 12, 2014

8:00AM - 6:00PM
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paraINsites 2014: From Protozoa to Worms

Location: Kresge Cafeteria, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Hosted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, this joint meeting of the New England Association of Parasitologists (NEAP) and the Helminthological Society of Washington (HELMSOC) brought together researchers, scientists, students and educators to discuss biologically interesting and globally important parasites.

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Keynote Speaker
Daniel L. Hartl
Higgins Professor of Biology
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Harvard University

Saturday, April 12, 2014
8:00AM – 5:00PM (followed by networking reception)
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Kresge Cafeteria
677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

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February 4, 2014

4:30PM - 6:00PM
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Global Health Student-Faculty Meet & Greet

Location: Private Dining Room, Cabot House

The Global Health Student-Faculty Meet & Greet provided students with an opportunity to meet leading global health experts and learn about a new multidisciplinary undergraduate colloquium that examines how economic, political, cultural, biological and historical factors have shaped an ancient, global disease - malaria.

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Faculty and global health experts participating in this Global Health Meet & Greet include:

  • Professor Caroline Buckee, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, whose research focuses on mining cell phone data to track how people’s movements correlate with the spread of disease.
  • Professor Dan Milner, a pathologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, who conducts research into cerebral malaria in Malawi and other field sites.
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January 29, 2014

4:30PM - 6:00PM
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Global Health Student-Faculty Meet & Greet

Location: Strominger Room, Currier House

The Global Health Student-Faculty Meet & Greet provided students with an opportunity to meet leading global health experts and learn about a new multidisciplinary undergraduate colloquium that examines how economic, political, cultural, biological and historical factors have shaped an ancient, global disease - malaria.

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Faculty and global health experts participating in this Global Health Meet & Greet include:

  • Professor Caroline Buckee, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, whose research focuses on mining cell phone data to track how people’s movements correlate with the spread of disease.
  • Professor Manoj Duraisingh, a molecular biologist who is researching the biology of host-parasite interactions in malaria.
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December 10, 2013

4:30PM - 6:00PM
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Global Health Student-Faculty Meet & Greet

Location: Spindell Room, Quincy House

The Global Health Student-Faculty Meet & Greet provided students with an opportunity to meet leading global health experts and learn about a new multidisciplinary undergraduate colloquium that examines how economic, political, cultural, biological and historical factors have shaped an ancient, global disease - malaria.

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Faculty and global health experts participating in this Global Health Meet & Greet include:

  • Professor Caroline Buckee, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, whose research focuses on mining cell phone data to track how people’s movements correlate with the spread of disease.
  • Professor Manoj Duraisingh, a molecular biologist who is researching the biology of host-parasite interactions in malaria.
  • Professor Christian Happi, Redeemer’s University and ExxonMobil Malaria Leadership Fellow at Harvard, is an expert in antimalarial drug resistance and is currently exploring new ways to incorporate mobile phone technology to track malaria in Nigeria.
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November 25, 2013

2:00PM - 6:30PM
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Global Health Summit

Location: Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health hosted this important global health summit highlighting collaborations and achievements in the field.

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The summit will feature three panels:

  • The Global Health Experience: What We Can Learn
  • Mobilizing for Global Health: Stories from the Field
  • To Alleviate Human Suffering: Our Work to Strengthen Global Health Care

Select Presenters:

Jeffrey S. Flier, MD, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University, Shields Walker Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Michael VanRooyen, MD, MPH, FACEP, Director, Division of International Health and Humanitarian Programs, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Professor, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Julio Frenk, MD, MPH, PhD, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School
J. Christopher Flowers, President, J.C. Flowers Foundation, Co-founder, Isdell:Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative, Founder and Investor, NetsforLife
Dyann Wirth, PhD, Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Infectious Diseases, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Chair, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Director, Harvard Malaria Initiative, Faculty Chair, Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILS), Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD, President, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Robin Young, Co-host, Here & Now on WBUR and NPR
Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, Chief, Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Chair, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Kolokotrones University Professor, Harvard University, Chief Strategist, Partners In Health, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti
Atul Gawande, MD, PhD, Director, Ariadne Labs: A Joint Center for Health Systems Innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, General and Endocrine Surgeon, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Professor, Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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November 20, 2013

4:30PM - 6:00PM
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The Power of Breakthrough Ideas in Solving Global Health Challenges

Location: Harvard Faculty Club, Cambridge

A panel of experts discussed innovative technologies and public engagement strategies to end malaria, and the Harvard Malaria Competition finalists presented their ideas.

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Speakers

Martin Edlund, CEO, Malaria No More
Together with Novartis, Malaria No More recently launched the Power of One – a campaign that uses mobile technology to track impact and engage the public in Africa and the United States. Power of One uses popular digital platforms, like Twitter and Venmo, and includes a comprehensive media strategy component.

Rich Mintz, Executive Vice President, Blue State Digital
A media and technology strategist with Blue State Digital – the firm responsible for the digital technology strategy for the 2008 & 2012 Obama campaigns and other clients such as Vogue and Google – Rich works with clients to bring about change.

Caroline Buckee, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Recently named one of CNN’s Top 10 Thinkers – Professor Buckee’s research focuses on mining cell phone data to track how people’s movements correlate with the spread of disease.

Harvard Malaria Competition Announcement

A special preview of top ideas from Harvard University students to defeat malaria.

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November 8, 2013

7:00PM - 9:00PM
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Should We Engineer the Mosquito?

Location: Museum of Science, Boston

The Boston Museum of Science hosted a public forum on the topic of genetically modified mosquitoes. The discussion focused on the benefits and tradeoffs of modifying mosquitoes to fight diseases such as malaria, Dengue fever and West Nile.

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The forum featured Dyann Wirth, Richard Pearson Strong Professor and Chair of the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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November 7, 2013

8:00PM
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Film Screening: Mary and Martha

Location: Harvard Hall 104

An exclusive screening of the HBO movie starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank and Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn, in a story of two mothers who embark on a journey of self-discovery after both lose their sons to malaria.

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An introduction was provided by leading Harvard epidemiologist Caroline Buckee and distinguished molecular biologist Manoj Duraisingh.

The screening was sponsored by the Harvard Health Advocacy Program, the Harvard Global Health Institute and Defeating Malaria: From the Genes to the Globe.

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October 31, 2013

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Harvard Malaria Competition

The 2013 Harvard Malaria Competition invited students from across the University to develop innovative ideas for sharply increasing awareness of malaria throughout the world by harnessing the creativity, influence, and reach of the Harvard community.

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This $10,000 student competition was sponsored by the MCJ/Amelior Foundation and co-sponsored by Harvard’s Defeating Malaria: From the Genes to the Globe initiative. Find out more.

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October 22, 2013

8:30AM-12:00PM
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Harvard Malaria Forum - Rethinking R&D in the New Era of Malaria Eradication

Location: Harvard Hall, Harvard Club of Boston

Harvard is dedicated to making a significant contribution to maintaining and advancing the remarkable results achieved so far in the fight against malaria. The Harvard Malaria Forum initiated a dialog on the timely and important topic of advancing innovation in malaria R&D.

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The goal of this Forum was to bring together leaders at the intersection of public-private partnerships, in particular those from pharmaceutical, biotech and agro-chemical industries, and academia, to discuss and explore actionable solutions and new R&D approaches to eradicate malaria. The Forum featured leaders in global malaria discussing the knowledge gaps and major biological and clinical roadblocks in our understanding of Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax.

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September 13, 2013

4:30-6:00PM
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Mobilizing for Global Health - Making Malaria the "First Disease Beaten by Mobile"

Location: Thompson Room, Barker Center

This first event in a new global health seminar series discussed how malaria is making innovative use of mobile technology in ways that have the potential to revolutionize the fight against disease in the developing world.

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These new approaches build on two complementary trends: 1) the advent of cheap, accurate rapid diagnostic tests for malaria that create 200 million new data points for the disease on the African continent each year, and 2) the mobile revolution in Africa (1 billion mobile phones by 2015), which can capture and deliver this data to decision makers in real time. These new tools are transforming health education, stock management, the fight against counterfeits, and real time epidemiology in ways that are saving lives and paving the way for malaria eradication. They’re also creating an unprecedented opportunity for donors in the developed world to donate and track the real time progress of their investments on the ground in Africa.

  • Martin Edlund, CEO, Malaria No More, highlighted how innovative use of technology can make malaria the “first disease beaten by mobile”.
  • Iqram Magdon-Ismail, Co-Founder, Venmo, described how Venmo’s innovation in the social payment space can inspire radical change in the way people engage charity and global causes.
  • Ashifi Gogo, CEO, Sproxil, talked about the company’s award-winning “Mobile Product Authentication,” a counterfeit protection technology that allows consumers to protect themselves from fake or stolen goods and has the potential to transform data in the fight against disease. Sproxil was recently named the #1 Most Innovative Company in healthcare by Fast Company.
  • Jessica Cohen, Assistant Professor of Global Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, moderated the discussion.
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May 11-13, 2013

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Science of Eradication: Malaria - Advanced Module

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Using proven business concepts and effective program management strategies, participants in the Managing the End of Malaria Advanced Course Module gained a deeper understanding of how to evaluate and scale-up interventions to successfully eradicate malaria.

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For more information, visit the Science of Eradication website.

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May 5-10, 2013

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Science of Eradication: Malaria - Core Module

Location: Barcelona, Spain

The Science of Eradication: Malaria - Core Module provided individuals working in broad areas of malaria with a multidisciplinary perspective of malaria disease eradication.

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Participants enrolled in the Core Module gained knowledge and skills to develop and direct malaria control, elimination, and eradication programs through an understanding of past disease eradication efforts; malaria biology and epidemiology; vector and parasite biology; application of vector control, drug, and vaccine strategies; economic and financial tools and strategies; impact of social and political factors; surveillance techniques; and modeling to evaluate the effectiveness of eradication strategies.

For more information, visit the Science of Eradication website.

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May 1, 2013

5:00PM
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Harvard Malaria Competition Information Session

Location: Kresge, Room 110

A university-wide Harvard Malaria Competition sought innovative ideas for increasing awareness of malaria throughout the world by harnessing the creativity, influence, and reach of the Harvard community. The prize money of $10,000 supported implementation of the winning project.

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The Harvard Malaria Competition is sponsored by the MCJ/Amelior Foundation and co-sponsored by Harvard’s Defeating Malaria: From the Genes to the Globe initiative.

  • All Harvard University students in good academic standing are eligible to participate (all schools).
  • Group and individual applications are welcomed.
  • The sponsors look forward to learning about your ideas, hearing your pitch, and providing you with some valuable feedback along the way.
Harvard students interested in attending the information session should RSVP for the information session by April 25, 2013.
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May 1, 2013

12:30-1:30PM
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The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Location: Building 1, Room 1408

Thwarting Killer Mosquitos: The State-of-the-Art Fight Against Malaria and West Nile Virus - As part of the Andelot Series on Current Science Controversies, The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health featured an interactive discussion with panelists Alan Court, Senior Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Malaria, Regina Rabinovich, ExxonMobil Malaria Scholar in Residence at Harvard University, and Dyann Wirth, Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Infectious Diseases and Chair, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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April 25, 2013

Commemoration of World Malaria Day 2013

Location: Washington DC

Led by Malaria No More, this event commemorating World Malaria Day 2013 featured a panel discussion with experts from malaria public health, research and business communities.

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Held in the historic Kennedy Caucus Room and hosted by Senate Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, ASTMH, along with PATH, Malaria No More, Friends of the Global Fight, Global Health Technologies Coalition, Nothing But Nets and World Vision, held a discussion on malaria control efforts.

The panel included  Sarah Volkman, ScD, Principal Research Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and ASTMH Councilor, FASTMH, who addressed the economic impact of malaria research efforts in the U.S. Three members of Congress offered remarks noting the important role of bi-partisan support for malaria and the need for a continued strong U.S. investment: Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.-5th). In addition, Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer reviewed the huge gains made thus far in malaria. The panel was moderated by ASTMH Executive Director Karen A. Goraleski.

Speakers:

  • Elizabeth Chizema, Head of Research, Ministry of Health, Zambia
  • James Jones, Manager, Community Investment Programs, ExxonMobil Foundation
  • Sarah Volkman, Principal Research Scientists, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health & ASTMH Councilor

 

 

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April 2, 2013

1:30-7:00PM
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P. vivax - The Last Parasite Standing

Location: Auditorium, Broad Institute

The Plasmodium vivax - The Last Parasite Standing symposium featured research presentations and panel discussions by academic researchers and leaders from the public and private sectors.

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Plasmodium vivax – The Last Parasite Standing – Scientific Symposium

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
1:30-5:00pm
Auditorium, Broad Institute

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March 29, 2013

3:00-7:00PM
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Defeating Malaria: From the Genes to the Globe Symposium

Location: Kresge G1, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The Defeating Malaria Scientific Symposium featured short talks by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health faculty with expertise in diverse research areas related to malaria control and eradication. This inaugural event in the Genes to the Globe Symposium Series featured a panel discussion with experts in malaria policy, communication, and governance. The event was sponsored by the Office of the Dean.

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Defeating Malaria: From the Genes to the Globe Symposium

Friday, March 29, 2013
3:30 – 6:00pm
Kresge, G1
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Malaria Research Poster Session & Networking Reception
Friday, March 29, 2013
6:00 – 7:00pm
Kresge Cafeteria
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Click below to watch a recording of the Symposium:

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January 30, 2013

4:00–6:00PM
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Harvard Malaria Forum - Business Approaches to Global Malaria

Location: Nye Conference Center, Harvard Kennedy School

The inaugural Harvard Malaria Forum was held on January 30, 2013 at the Harvard Kennedy School. A panel discussion on Business Approaches to Global Malaria, drew on the expertise of both Harvard faculty working in the fields of business and public health, and experts from the private and public sectors.

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Fall, 2012

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Faculty-Student Global Health Meet and Greets

Location: Harvard College Houses

A series of Global Health 'Meet & Greets' took place in October and November, 2012 at Harvard College Houses as precursors to the Defeating Malaria: From the Genes to the Globe Undergraduate Colloquium.

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Convened by leading epidemiologist, Caroline Buckee, and distinguished molecular biologist, Manoj Duraisingh, the “Meet & Greets’ provided undergraduates with an opportunity to meet with leading faculty and share their interests and ideas around global health.

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Convened by leading epidemiologist, Caroline Buckee, and distinguished molecular biologist, Manoj Duraisingh, the "Meet & Greets' provided undergraduates with an opportunity to meet with leading faculty and share their interests and ideas around global health.

5:30-7:30PM
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A Global Health Discourse: The Eradication of Malaria

Location: Winthrop House

To welcome Dr. Regina Rabinovich, the 2012-2013 ExxonMobil Malaria Scholar in Residence, to Harvard University, a Global Health Chat, co-sponsored by a number of student groups was hosted at Winthrop House in Cambridge. The event featured Dr. Rabinovich and Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor Barry Bloom.

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Both speakers shared their experiences and views on how the global malaria community select priorities, engage partners and create sustainability in their effort to eradication malaria.

Event co-sponsors included:

  • Harvard College Global Health & AIDS Coalition
  • Harvard College Global Health Review
  • Harvard Health Advocacy Program
  • Harvard Health Policy Society
  • Harvard Undergraduate Global Health Forum

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November 5, 2012

5:30-7:30PM
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Welcome Reception - Dr. Regina Rabinovich

Location: Loeb House, Cambridge

In Fall 2012, Dr. Regina Rabinovich joined Harvard University as the 2012-2013 ExxonMobil Malaria Scholar in Residence. To welcome Dr. Rabinovich to the University, a welcome reception was held at Loeb House in Harvard Yard.

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June 3-11, 2012

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Science of Eradication: Malaria Leadership Development Course

Location: Harvard Business School, Boston, MA

The Science of Eradication: Malaria leadership development course provided individuals with diverse backgrounds and broad experiences in malaria control and elimination, with a multidisciplinary perspective on malaria disease eradication. By providing participants with a basic toolbox of knowledge and demonstrating the effective use of real-world evidence and data, the course aimed to harness participants with the problem-solving and analytic skills necessary to design effective intervention strategies.

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Following the inaugural 2012 course, hosted at the Harvard Business School, future courses will be convened in rotation by the three institutions, with the 2013 edition taking place in Barcelona, Spain.

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