Dean Burke Launches Global Health Blog
January 11, 2008—Donald S. Burke, MD, Dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health, has launched a blog to chronicle his world tour of international sites associated with the health sciences at Pitt and/or the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).
“An important first step in building a strong global health program will be to examine ongoing research and practice activities at Pitt and UPMC international sites where we already have strong connections.” Burke said. “This blog will allow me to describe my travels and offer my observations to faculty, students, and staff back here at Pitt in real time.”
The sites Burke will visit during his 24 day trip are:
· Palermo, Italy, home to the Mediterranean Institute for Transplantation and Specialized Therapies (ISMETT) and a biomedical research and biotechnology center founded in partnership with UPMC.
· Doha, Qatar, where UPMC offers education, training, and services to the emergency medical system. Several American universities have established schools Qatar, such as the computer science program run by Carnegie Mellon University.
· Hyderabad, India, home of the MediCiti Institute of Medical Sciences, a health care facility comprised of two hospitals, a medical college and nursing school, and a large community health project. Pitt cardiologist P. S. Reddy founded MediCiti.
· Wuhan, China, a sister city to Pittsburgh and home to Wuhan University. Pitt was recently awarded a Confucius Institute by Wuhan University to promote understanding of Chinese culture. Dean Burke is on the advisory board of the Confucius Institute.
For more information, please contact Sonia Gill, Pitt Public Health director of external affairs, at 412-624-6325.