NIH Director to Address Approach to Eliminating Health Disparities During Atlanta Lectureship

ATLANTA, Sept. 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Morehouse School of Medicine will host the sixth annual James Reed lectureship, featuring Gary H. Gibbons, M.D., director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The lecture titled, "Towards a Systems Approach to Eliminating Health Disparities," will explore:

  • Changing political, fiscal, scientific, and technological landscapes in health care and research and the NHLBI efforts to harness the collective intelligence of investigators, patients, stakeholder organizations, and the greater public in strategic priority setting for the Institute.
  • The influence of biomedical research on improving the health of the nation and particularly the marked decline in mortality and morbidity related to heart, lung, and blood diseases as well as sleep disorders.
  • All populations have not experienced equal health benefit and that health disparities remain. Unprecedented opportunities for a systems science approach to support an evidence-based elimination of health disparities.

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
Location: E. Ginger Sullivan Atrium, National Center for Primary Care, Building A Morehouse School of Medicine, 720 Westview Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

The event is open to the public. Please email any questions about the event or attendance to Continuing Medical Education (CME) will be offered for attending this lectureship.
About the Speaker

Gary H. Gibbons, M.D., is Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he oversees the third largest institute at the NIH, with an annual budget of more than $3 billion and a staff of 917 federal employees. The NHLBI provides global leadership for research, training, and education programs to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and enhance the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives.

Before joining the NHLBI, Gibbons served as the founding director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, chairperson of the Department of Physiology, and professor of physiology and medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine, in Atlanta. Under his leadership of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, Gibbons directed NIH-funded research in the fields of vascular biology, genomic medicine, and the pathogenesis of vascular diseases. During his tenure, the Cardiovascular Research Institute emerged as a center of excellence, leading the way in discoveries related to the cardiovascular health of minority populations. Gibbons received several patents for innovations derived from his research in the fields of vascular biology and the pathogenesis of vascular diseases.

About Morehouse School of Medicine

Founded in 1975, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians and was recognized by Annals of Internal Medicine in 2011 as the top institution in the first study of U.S. medical schools for our social mission based on our production of primary care physicians, training of underrepresented minority doctors and placement of doctors practicing in underserved communities. MSM faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care.
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Source:Morehouse School of Medicine