Our Executive Director, Ray Rodriguez Elected into AAAS! Congratulations!

The GHS team would like to congratulate our very own Professor Ray Rodriguez, Executive Director, for being elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for both distinguished contributions to fundamental research in molecular biology and genomics and for his work in administration, especially in developing international collaborations leading to the rice genome project. Ray is also director of the Center for Nutritional Genomics at UC Davis and co-founder of GHS. We are all proud of you!AAAS_logo605

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Marc Schenker Appointed to Associate Vice Provost at UC Davis

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Dr.  Marc Schenker will have primary responsibility for the coordination of all aspects of the campus’s existing and expanding outreach, engagement, and scholarly public service initiatives as the new Associate Vice Provost.

Global HealthShare member, Professor Marc B. Schenker, M.D., M.P.H. (Public Health Sciences), has been appointed the Associate Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement in the office of University Outreach and International Programs as of July 1, 2012.

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Welcome to the blog of Global HealthShare initiative!

Welcome to the blog of Global HealthShare initiative! As we blog, you can think of us as the GHS team.  We hope to provide some insight into the work we do around the world —  applying interdisciplinary approaches to break the cycle of poverty and improving the lives of those who are currently not part of the world’s economy. Our team will share experiences from the field as well as stories from the people we help in the developing world. Of course, we will supplement all of those experiences with as many pictures, videos, and other media to complete the story. In addition, we have archived our news stories prior to the creation of this blog which can be found in the Yearly Archives section.

The GHS team located at our headquarters at the University of California, Davis is quite small — that is, compared to our global consortium of over 40 members and 30 institutions around the world. As a start up humanitarian organization, we all find ourselves wearing many different hats and learning many new things everyday — but we are all bonded by one thing — passion for setting an example and delivering sustainable health solutions to those who need them most. In time this team will grow larger, but for now, let us introduce ourselves:

Raymond Rodriguez, Ph.D, is the Executive Director and is a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Somen Nandi, Ph.D, is the Managing Director.

Delia Bethell, Ph.D, is our Clinical and Regulatory Specialist.

Megan Doyle, is a recent graduate of UC Davis and is a Research Analyst.

Editha Setiawan, is an MPH student at UC Davis and is a Research Analyst.

GHS Member Receives Disease Control Award

Global HealthShare member Dr. Moazzem Hossain (Project Director and Chief Technical Advisor for the Institute for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (IACIB) and former Director of Disease Control for the Government of Bangladesh) has received the Vestergaard Frandsen Award from the National Academy of Vectors and Vector Borne Diseases for the South East Asian region. The award highlights Dr. Hossain’s outstanding contributions to the field of communicable diseases and the mechanisms of vector bionomics.

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Fuzhou University Institute of Biotechnology Director Visits GHS

Dr. Pingfan Rao, Professor and Director of the Institute of Biotechnology, Fuzhou University, China and Mr. Luc Lan, founder and CEO the venture capital firm, PE.VC, visited the GHS Headquarters in Davis, CA on May 8, 2011 to discuss research and development of oral-based therapeutics in China.

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Team Visits Bangladesh

On March 14th, 2011 Ray, Somen, and Delia attended the 13th Annual Scientific Conference (ASCON XIII) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. While there, the team also met with GHS Members Drs. Alam, Tahmeed, and Malay Mridha of the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh to discuss ongoing development of our super-ORS project.
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GHS Member Dr. Sheikh Selim Travels to Bangladesh

GHS member Dr. Sheikh Selim visited Bangladesh and gave several special seminars on GHS and our current projects. On February 23rd, 2011, Dr. Selim spoke at the Directorate of Bangladesh Livestock Services, Dhaka, Bangladesh to an audience of professionals in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry of the Government of Bangladesh, members of the Food and Agriculture Organization, and members of the private sector. Also, on February 24th, Dr. Selim spoke at Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh to Veterinary Science faculty and students. We would like to thank Dr. Selim very much for his generous representation of GHS abroad.