2019 Global Health Symposium tackles “Health in the Balance”

Words on image say 15th annual Global Health Symposium. Health in the Balance: Acting Now for a Healthy Tomorrow. Tuesday, April 16, 2019. There is an image of a scale also.

Threats to health continue to increase across the globe—from emerging diseases to a warming planet to humanitarian crises. With its 15th annual Global Health Symposium, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute explores “Health in the Balance: Acting Now for a Healthy Tomorrow.”

The symposium begins at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in the Health Sciences Learning Center atrium and adjoining rooms. Presented with support from the Evjue Foundation, the evening is  free and open to the public. Registration is closed, and walk-ins are welcome.

UW-Madison alumna Mary Wilson, M.D., an expert on infectious diseases, emerging and vector-borne diseases and global health, will deliver the keynote address, “Bugs and Drugs: A Shifting Landscape.” She will focus on microbial ecology and the impact of antibiotics on people and the environment, as well as global use and short- and long-term ecosystem changes from biocides. Read more about Wilson and antibiotics.

The evening includes podium and poster presentations from UW-Madison faculty, staff, clinicians and students, and closes with a panel discussion: “Planetary Health: Recognizing Earth’s Limits to Advance Health for All.” GHI Director Jonathan Patz will act as facilitator for the panel that includes Paul Block, assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Jamie Schauer, director of the State Lab of Hygiene; Beth Neary, clinical adjunct professor of Pediatrics, and in the School of Medicine and Public Health; and  Heather Swan, a lecturer and beekeeper.

Abstracts are no longer being accepted.

Symposium covers breadth of global health

“This is where we see that global health needs all of us – health clinicians, basic researchers, climate scientists, sociologists, engineers and others who address the complex determinants of health and are on the ground providing care,” says GHI Associate Director Jim Conway, who is also director of the new School of Medicine and Public Health Office of Global Health.

“I am so pleased Mary Wilson has agreed to keynote the 2019 symposium. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge as she has explored many facets of global health and how they are connected.”

“The annual Global Health Symposium is a wonderful opportunity for the UW-Madison campus and its collaborators to come together to celebrate and share their work.”—Jim Conway

Wilson is a clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, and adjunct professor in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She works at the intersection of global and population health epidemiology and biostatistics. Her academic interests include the ecology of infection, antibiotic resistance, tuberculosis, vaccines and the role of travel and trade in the global distribution of infections. She has worked on immunization and infectious disease projects in the U.S., Haiti, Mexico and Brazil and was a member of the Pew National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production.

The evening also showcases health challenges and solutions from across campus:

  • In podium and poster presentations, UW-Madison faculty, staff, students and colleagues share their research, education and outreach projects to improve health and well-being in Wisconsin and across the world.
  • UW and local experts will examine a current, critical issue during a closing panel discussion.

Participants and guests are invited to a reception following the panel.

Symposium Schedule

4:00 p.m. Registration and check-in, Atrium

4:45 p.m. Welcome and Announcements, Room 1306

5:00 p.m. Keynote address: “Bugs and Drugs: A Changing Landscape” with Mary Wilson, M.D., Room 1306

6:05 p.m. • 6:25 p.m. • 6:45 p.m., Concurrent Podium Presentations, Various Rooms Podium Presentations Schedule

7:05 p.m. Panel Discussion: “Planetary Health: Recognizing Earth’s Limits to Advance Health for All,” Room 1306

8:10 p.m. Poster Session and Reception, Atrium


Videos of Symposium Break Out Sessions:

Molly Vaux: Global Surgery Collaboration – Looking Forward 

Laurel Legenza: Geographic Mapping of Escherichia coil Susceptibility to Develop a Novel Clinical Decision Support Tool 

Vimal Konduri: An Evaluation of the Impact of the Certified Ophthalmic Paramedic Program at a Large Charity Eye Hospital in Delhi, India

Joseph McBride: CD4/CD8 Ratio Normalization, Death and HIV Reservoir Reduction in an African Cohort 

Samuel Younkin, Henry Fremont, Samuel Kruse: The Health-Oriented Transportation Model – The Health Benefits of Walking and Cycling

Laura Dries: Financing Health Care Services Locally – An NGO’s Experience in Ecuador