WHO Infectious Disease Expert, Christopher Dye, to Inaugurate Gilbert Omenn '61 Lecture in Science Policy, October 17
Christopher Dye, director of health information in the Office of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases at the World Health Organization (WHO), will be the inaugural speaker at the Woodrow Wilson School's Gilbert Omenn '61 Lecture in Science Policy, at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 17, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. Dye will present a talk titled "Plagues, Pandemics and Policies for Health."
Dye, joined WHO in 1996, has developed methods for using national surveillance and survey data to study large-scale dynamics and the control of tuberculosis and other communicable diseases. Working with governments and other agencies, he is engaged in the process of translating science into health policy. He is a visiting professor of zoology at the University of Oxford, a member of the board of reviewing editors for Science, and a fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences.
Dye began his career as an ecologist in the UK, having been awarded a first-class degree in biology from the University of York and a D.Phil. in zoology from the University of Oxford. After developing an interest in infectious diseases at Imperial College London, he moved to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to bring his research closer to public health. He was head of the School’s Vector Biology and Epidemiology Unit until 1996, carrying out research on leishmaniasis, malaria, rabies and other infectious and zoonotic diseases in Africa, Asia and South America.
From 2006–2009, he was a professor of physic at Gresham College, 37th in a lineage of professors that have been giving public lectures in the City of London since 1597.
This event is cosponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the School’s Center for Health and Wellbeing and Princeton University’s Grand Challenges Program. It is free and open to the public.
The event will be videotaped and archived online for later viewing on the Woodrow Wilson School’s Webmedia site – http://wws.princeton.edu/webmedia/.
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