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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The University of Kentucky, Global Health Initiative, is pleased to co-sponsor Dr. Alfred Sommer, MD, MHS from Johns Hopkins University to initiate our Global Health Lecture Series on November 6, 2013 from Noon to 1pm. The event will be held in the Pavilion A Auditorium of the Albert B. Chandler Hospital and is free and open to the public. Dr. Sommer will be delivering The Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series sponsored by the College of Medicine.

The Global Health lectures are campus-wide events encouraging the University community to attend and to foster the development of global health research locally and with partner institutions. Future global health lectures are currently being organized and will be announced accordingly.

Dr. Sommer is a Gilman Scholar and University Distinguished Service Professor at Johns Hopkins University; Johns Hopkins Professor of Epidemiology, Ophthalmology, and International Health; and Dean Emeritus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He received his MD from Harvard Medical School (1967) and his Master of Health Science in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (1973). He has published 6 books and over 300 scientific articles; has received numerous awards including the Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Research, the Warren Alpert Foundation Prize, and the Duke Elder International Gold Medal for Contributions to Ophthalmology; has delivered over 40 named lectureships, including the Jackson Memorial Lecture (American Academy of Ophthalmology), Duke Elder Oration (Royal College of Ophthalmologists), De Schweinitz Lecture (College of Physicians, Philadelphia), Doyne Lecture (Oxford Ophthalmologic Congress), and the Kimura Lecture (University of California, San Francisco), among others. He is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and its Institute of Medicine. His current research interests include child survival and blindness prevention strategies, micronutrient interventions and the interface between public health and clinical medicine. Sommer has received the Laureate Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and was elected to ASCRS "Ophthalmology Hall of Fame.”

The Global Health Initiative of the University of Kentucky is focused on advancing research, educational programs and service learning for our faculty and students, with the goal of improving the health of people throughout the world and promoting health equity.

For more information on this event and others presented by the Global Health Initiative visit their website here