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University at Buffalo to Host Live Stream of “Can We Mitigate the Gun Violence Epidemic”

The University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) will host the 28th annual J. Warren Perry Distinguished Lectureship on Friday, November 4, 2016.  This year’s speaker is Sandro Galea, Robert A. Knox Professor and dean of Boston University’s School of Public Health. Galea will address the timely and relevant topic of public health issues related to gun violence.

The lecture will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 150 Farber Hall (Butler Auditorium) on the University at Buffalo’s South Campus.  The lecture is free and open to the public and all UB faculty, staff, students and alumni.

“In the U.S., gun violence is a major public health concern,” notes Dr. R. Lorraine Collins, associate dean for research for SPHHP and professor in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior. “We are pleased that Dr. Galea will share his expertise and insights on the topic with UB and the broader community.”

Dr. Galea is a physician and an epidemiologist, centrally interested in the social production of health of urban populations with a focus on the causes of brain disorders, particularly common mood-anxiety disorders and substance abuse.  He also has a long-standing interest in the consequences of mass trauma and conflict worldwide, including as a result of Hurricane Katrina, conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa, and the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Galea serves frequently on advisory groups to national and international organizations, and currently is a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The annual Perry Lecture serves to introduce students, faculty and staff to some of the best leaders and scholars in a variety of fields, including public health, health professions and health sciences.

For those not able to attend, this year’s lecture will be live streamed promptly at 11:30 a.m.  To watch the live lecture remotely, register at http://bit.ly/2016PerryRegistration.

The University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions offers graduate degree programs and is the home to five departments; biostatistics, community health and health behavior, epidemiology and environmental health, exercise and nutrition sciences, and rehabilitation science. It is one of only a few schools across the country that includes health-related professions as an integral component of the public health educational and research system. Faculty and students engage in research and community activities designed to improve the health of populations, communities and individuals. The SPHHP is located on the South Campus of University at Buffalo in Kimball Tower. For more information about the school, visit http://sphhp.buffalo.edu/.