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Climate Change and Health:

A Medical Perspective on Global Warming

March 7-8, 2008

The MIT Hippocratic Society invites you to attend our upcoming conference on Friday and Saturday, March 7-8, 2008 in room 34-101 at MIT. The conference will explore the issues on Climate Change and Health, with an emphasis on infectious diseases and global warming. The conference will feature keynote addresses and panel discussions by today’s leading epidemiologists and scientists.

Complimentary refreshments and lunch will be served, giving students, scientists, and other conference attendees the opportunity to interact and network with today’s leading thinkers in the fields of medicine and health policy.

Conference Schedule:

All events will be held in room 34-101. Click on this map for the location.

Friday, March 7
Time Event
6:30 pm Registration and Snacks
7:00 pm Introduction by the Hippocratic Society
7:15-9:30 pm Film Screening of The 11th Hour
Saturday, March 8
Time Event
9:30 am Coffee and Breakfast
9:45 am Welcome Back!
10:00-10:30 am David Jones, M.D.
10:30-11:00 am Gerald Keusch, M.D.
11:00-11:30 am Joel Schwartz, M.D.
11:30-12:00 pm Q&A Panel
David Jones, M.D.
Gerald Keusch, M.D.
Joel Schwartz, M.D.
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
34-101 foyer
1:00-2:00 pm George Lundberg, M.D.
2:00-2:30 pm Final Q&A
2:30 pm Thank you for coming!


George Lundberg

A 1995 "pioneer" of the medical internet, Dr. Lundberg was born in Florida, grew up in rural southern Alabama and holds earned and honorary degrees from North Park College, Baylor University, the University of Alabama (Birmingham and Tuscaloosa), the State University of New York, Syracuse, Thomas Jefferson University and the Medical College of Ohio. He completed a clinical internship in Hawaii and a pathology residency in San Antonio. He served in the US army during the Vietnam War in San Francisco and El Paso, leaving as a lieutenant colonel after 11 years. Dr. Lundberg was then Professor of Pathology and Associate Director of Laboratories at the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center for 10 years, and for five years was Professor and Chair of Pathology at the University of California-Davis.

Dr. Lundberg has worked in tropical medicine in Central America and Forensic Medicine in New York, Sweden and England. His major professional interests are toxicology, violence, communication, physician behavior, strategic management and health system reform. He is past President of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. From 1982 to 1999, Dr. Lundberg was at the American Medical Association as Editor in Chief, Scientific Information and Multimedia with editorial responsibility for its 39 medical journals, American Medical News, and various Internet products, and the Editor of JAMA. In 1999 Dr. Lundberg became Editor in Chief of Medscape, the world's leading source of online health information and education for physicians and healthcare professionals and the founding Editor in Chief of both Medscape General Medicine and CBS HealthWatch.com. In 2002, Dr. Lundberg became Editor in Chief Emeritus of Medscape and Special Healthcare Advisor to the Chairman and CEO of WebMD. Today, he serves as the Editor in Chief of Medscape General Medicine (www.medgenmed.com), the first and only online, peer-reviewed primary source general medical journal published on www.medscape.com. A frequent lecturer, radio and television guest, and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Lundberg holds academic appointments as a professor at Northwestern and Harvard. In 2000, the Industry Standard dubbed Dr. Lundberg "Online Health Care's Medicine Man".

Gerald Keusch

Dr. Gerald T. Keusch is the Assistant Provost for Global Health, Medical Campus and Associate Dean for Global Health at Boston University. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Keusch served as the Associate Director for International Research and Director of the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health.

A graduate of Columbia College and Harvard Medical School, he is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Keusch has been involved in clinical medicine, teaching and research for his entire career, most recently as Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and Senior Attending Physician and Chief of the Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the New England Medical Center in Boston. His research has ranged from the molecular pathogenesis of tropical infectious diseases to field research in nutrition, immunology, host susceptibility, and the treatment of tropical infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS. He has been a Faculty Associate at Harvard Institute for International Development and has served as Director of the Health Office.

Dr. Keusch is the author of more than 300 original publications, reviews, and book chapters, and is the editor of eight scientific books. He is the recipient of the Squibb, Finland and Bristol awards for research excellence from the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and has delivered numerous lectures on topics of science and global health at leading institutions around the world. He is presently involved in international health research and policy within the NIH, and at the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine.

Under his leadership, the programs of the Fogarty International Center were greatly expanded to address not only the pressing global issues in infectious diseases and the growing burden of non-communicable diseases, but also critical cross-cutting issues, such as the ethical conduct of research, intellectual property rights and global public goods, stigma, the impact of improved health on economic development, and the effect of economic development on the environment and health.

Joel Schwartz

Joel Schwartz is a Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, and in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also a faculty member in the Environmental Biostatistics Program at the School of Public Health. Dr. Schwartz received his B.A. (1969) and Ph.D. (1980) from Brandeis University. He is a member of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, and the American Thoracic Society. Dr. Schwartz served as a member of the Center for Disease Control?s Committee on Preventing Childhood Lead Poisoning from 1994 to 2002, and as a member of two National Research Council Committees (Committee on Assessing Lead Exposure in Critical Populations, Committee on Environmental Epidemiology).

Dr. Schwartz was a recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship, and a World Congress Award from the International Union of Environmental Protection Associations. His expertise is in epidemiology, biostatistics, and cost benefit analysis. Dr. Schwartz?s major subject matters include air pollution and lead. His research has involved cross-sectional, time-series, cohort and panel studies of the acute and chronic health effects of air pollution, including both respiratory and cardiovascular endpoints, and he has a particular interest in questions of susceptibility. In the last two years, Dr. Schwartz received funding from the National Institutes for Health (NIH) for environmental biostatistics, for studies of aeroallergen exposure and asthma, for studies of lead, for a study of the association between particulate air pollution and heart attacks, and for a study of socioeconomic gradients in breast cancer. He has received funding from EPA as the PI for Epidemiology of the Harvard PM Research Center, and from the Health Effects Institute (HEI) for the APHENA project, which aims to combine North American and European time series analyses of air pollution, morbidity, and mortality.

David Jones

David Jones completed his A.B. at Harvard College in 1993 (History and Science), and then pursued both a Ph.D. in History of Science at Harvard University and an M.D. at Harvard Medical School, receiving both in 2001. After an internship in pediatrics at Children?s Hospital, Boston, he trained as a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. He joined the MIT faculty in 2005. He also works as a staff psychiatrist in the Psychiatric Emergency Service at Cambridge Hospital, and as a lecturer in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

His initial research focused on epidemics among American Indians, resulting in a book (Rationalizing Epidemics: Meanings and Uses of American Indian Mortality since 1600, published by Harvard University Press in 2004) and several articles. Jones has also examined human subjects research, Cold War medicine, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and the history of cardiac surgery. His current research explores the history of decision making in cardiac therapeutics, attempting to understand how cardiologists and cardiac surgeons implement new technologies of cardiac revascularization. Professor Jones also directs the Center for the Study of Diversity in Science, Technology, and Medicine at MIT.




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About the MIT Hippocratic Society

The MIT Hippocratic Society is an undergraduate organization dedicated to studying medicine and biomedical engineering in the broader context of social, ethical, political, and legal fields. We organize an annual conference about a current major topic in medicine and biomedical sciences. In addition, we hold study breaks and informal lectures and discussions about key topics in medicine and health policy.

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