Global Health: Building partnerships to enable local solutions to infectious disease and public health problems-Eva Harris, PhD-05/08/2012 - 6:00pm

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Global Health: Building partnerships to enable local solutions to infectious disease and public health problems
Event Date: 
05/08/2012 - 6:00pm
Event Location: 
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto CA
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Event Speaker: 
Eva Harris, PhD
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professor in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley, Chair of the Center for Global Public Health and the founder and president of the Sustainable Sciences Institute
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UC Berkeley
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Dr. Eva Harris

Dr. Eva Harris PhD is a professor in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley, Chair of the Center for Global Public Health and the founder and president of the Sustainable Sciences Institute. Many would describe Harris as an "activist researcher." She focuses her research efforts on combating diseases that primarily afflict people in developing nations. For example, she hopes that her research on the molecular biology of the dengue virus will eventually lead to a vaccine or antiviral therapies, while her work in dengue-endemic countries like Nicaragua will lead to better control of the mosquito that transmits dengue.
In 1998, Harris published the book, "A Low Cost Approach to PCR: Appropriate Transfer of Biomolecular Techniques," which strips an expensive DNA analysis technique down to its principles so that it becomes practical and inexpensive for use by people in developing nations. Her book exemplifies the work she advocates as president of the Sustainable Sciences Institute. The organization is dedicated to helping scientists in developing countries gain access to the resources needed to address local problems related to infectious diseases. Harris founded SSI with money she was awarded through the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship in 1997.
Fluent in French and Spanish, Harris earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemical sciences from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley. From 1997-2003, Harris served as co-director of the Fogarty International Emerging Infectious Diseases Training Program at UC Berkeley.

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$20 - Late Registration and Non-Members
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In her laboratory at UC Berkeley, Dr. Harris continues to make significant discoveries about the pathogenesis of infectious diseases, specifically Dengue and influenza. However, she stresses the critical need to translate those discoveries into practical, effective and sustainable interventions. Dr. Harris will talk about her research, the multi-disciplinary environment to examine global health problems that already exists at UC Berkeley and how this translates into actual solutions for real health problems around the world.