Welcome to the second annual meeting of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)! The University of Washington and our Department of Global Health are very proud to host this CUGH conference. This is an unprecedented time in global health – a time in which idealism, innovation and passion across generations, coupled with surging resources, have re-defined what is possible and created a new vision of a world not fractured by health disparities. This CUGH conference is about that transformation in global health and the tremendous contributions that universities can and must make to expand our science base through interdisciplinary research; to build capacity through interdisciplinary education and training; and to deliver services through interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral programs.
Together, over the next three days, we will explore the conference theme, “Transforming Global Health: The Interdisciplinary Power of Universities” through five plenary sessions, 18 invited panels, six sessions of submitted presentations and more than 140 posters. These sessions are organized in three tracks across interdisciplinary global health science, technology and system innovations; global health educational innovations and experiences; and university-based global health enabling systems. More than 150 speakers, including many distinguished leaders from around the world, will discuss key challenges and emerging opportunities in global health on topics as diverse as the interface with environmental sustainability and climate change; women’s and children’s health; journalism and new media; global animal health; and bioengineering.
We are very grateful to The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Wellcome Trust, The Doris Duke Foundation, The Fogarty International Center, Global Health Nexus Seattle, The University of Washington Provost’s Office and School of Medicine for their support. This conference would not have been possible without their generosity. We hope that you will take time to enjoy Seattle and our beautiful campus. And we hope this CUGH conference provides each of us with new ideas, new perspectives, and new networks of colleagues so that we are energized, equipped and inspired to help transform global health.
With warm personal regards,
King K. Holmes, MD, PhD