UW Global Health Symposium to Address Sustainable Health

Fifth Annual Global Health Symposium
February 4, 2009, 5— 9 p.m.
1306 Health Sciences Learning Center

“Wisconsin and the World: Working Together for Sustainable Health”

You are cordially invited to attend University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Global Health’s fifth annual Global Health Symposium which will highlight the exciting global health efforts of UW faculty, staff, and students, as well as colleagues from the Madison area and beyond.

Tony Goldberg, PhD, DVM, MS, will deliver the keynote address: “Human, Animal, and Ecosystem Health in Uganda: a Case Study for Disease Emergence and Preventive Medicine in the Developing World”

Goldberg will explore how anthropogenic changes to natural ecosystems are altering human and wildlife ecology in ways that facilitate pathogen transmission and the emergence of new diseases; nowhere is this more evident than in sub-Saharan Africa. Identification of various factors will point to clear strategies for intervention through public health, conservation, and wildlife management. These strategies will help improve the health of people living in developing countries while also helping to safeguard the health of wildlife and their ecosystems. These same strategies will help prevent novel infectious diseases with animal origins from emerging out of environments such as equatorial Africa and affecting human health on a global scale.

Dr. Goldberg is a professor of epidemiology at the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. He is also a professor and affiliate with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and an ad hoc Steering Committee member for the Center for Global Health. He also serves as Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Zoology at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.

Following Dr. Goldberg’s keynote address, participants may select from concurrent sessions featuring brief presentations of global health activities. The symposium will end with a reception and time for networking.

Attendance at the symposium is free of charge, open to the public, and no registration is required. For more information contact Betsy Teigland at (608) 262-3862, teigland@wisc.edu.