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Columbia Grand Rounds: Precision Public Health

Columbia Mailman School of Public Health’s February Grand Rounds will feature presentations by Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellman, CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Dr. Andrea Baccarelli, chair of Environmental Health Sciences and Director of the Laboratory of Environmental Precision Bioscience. Titled “Precision Public Health,” Dr. Desmond-Hellmann and Dr. Baccarelli will lead a discussion on the multi-faceted interventions needed to improve public health impact – particularly in poorer countries.

Dr. Desmond-Hellmann has been a strong advocate for Precision Public Health as a means to improve surveillance data to guide interventions that benefit populations more efficiently. Her TEDTalk on this topic has received nearly 900,000 views.

A pioneer in healthcare for more than 30 years, she’s driven major developments toward the eradication of disease, poverty and inequity. Trained as an oncologist, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann helped develop a number of breakthrough medicines, including two of the first gene-targeted therapies for cancer. Immediately prior to joining the Gates Foundation in 2014, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann was the first female chancellor of the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF).

Dr. Baccarelli directs the Laboratory of Human Environmental Epigenetics, which investigates molecular mechanisms and biomarkers that measure disease risk related to environmental exposures across the life-course, while exploring new avenues for prevention and targeted therapies. His laboratory has conducted projects in more than ten countries.

The theme of the 2016-17 Dean’s Ground Rounds on the Future of Public Health is Team Science for the Public’s Health. The lecture which takes place on February 22 at 4pm is open to the public and held on the Columbia University Medical campus, Alumni Auditorium, 650 West 168 Street, NYC 10032.

Talks are also broadcast live online. Participate using Participate using #TeamScience on Twitter. For more information visit: Grand Rounds 2016