The 6th Annual Global Health Conference of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) took place in Boston from March 25-28, 2015 with the theme of “Mobilizing Research for Global Health.” In the past six years, the CUGH conferences have grown, with the most recent attracting more than 1,600 attendees-including 500 students-from 50 nations. Some highlights of this year’s conference were the opportunity to interact with other universities in disciplines of global health and panels of up to seven specialists addressing specific topics. Some examples were:
- Big Problems, Big Ideas
- The Technology Revolution in Genetics: Relevance to Global Health
- One Health: Emerging Infections and Food Security
- Epidemic Ebola: Looking Back, Lessons Learned, Looking Forward
The CUGH is a rapidly growing non-profit consortium, based in Washington, D.C., of universities, institutions, organizations, and individuals from around the world involved in global health. CUGH’s mission is to build interdisciplinary collaborations and facilitate the sharing and implementation of knowledge to address global health challenges. CUGH assists members in strengthening their global health programs and sharing their expertise across education, research, and service, and promotes partnerships between universities in resource-rich and resource-poor countries, developing human capital and strengthening institutions’ capabilities to address these challenges.
Members of the Texas A&M One Health team-medical students Erin Tressalt and Sonia Popatia, along with their mentor Dr. Ruth Bush-presented research data from their Haiti project assessing childhood malnutrition in a poster titled “Assessing Childhood Malnutrition in Haiti: Is the United Nations Millennium Goal #4 Being Met?”
Through a collaboration of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) and CUGH, a lunchtime meeting was arranged of attendees actively working in one health, global health, and/or environmental health. More than 50 colleagues from 30 institutions participated.
Texas A&M University is a member university of CUGH, and therefore you are invited to join as a faculty member at no cost. To join:
- Visit http://www.cugh.org/membership/members
- Scroll down to the Texas A&M logo and click “Join”
- Complete the application
Becoming a member is an excellent way for college faculty members to contribute to CUGH activities, such as the 2016 CUGH conference.