October 3, 2011

Grand Rounds showcases public health faculty's work

A new seminar series, Public Health Sciences Grand Rounds, makes its debut Friday, Oct. 7 at noon.

Kenneth Thorpe, Robert W. Woodruff Professor and chair of the Department of Health and Policy Management in the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH), will speak on "The Role of Prevention in Health Reform" in the auditorium of the Claudia Nance Rollins building.

Thorpe is also executive director of Emory's Institute for Advanced Policy Solutions.

"Our newly reconstituted Research Advisory Committee was looking for ways to foster collaborations across the school and promote the exciting work of our faculty," says Gary Miller, associate dean for research at Rollins, adding, "The Rollins Auditorium in the new building also provided an ideal venue for such a series."

Miller says the Grand Rounds will feature a monthly meeting or at least three per semester.

"Initially, we are looking to highlight the breadth of public health science, but we are focusing on how innovative research is moving the field forward," he says, of the series' focus.

While most of the speakers will be RSPH faculty, "we may use the forum for outstanding outside speakers," he notes.

The series will next feature Gene Brody, research professor in behavioral sciences and health education, on Friday, Nov. 4, then Christine Moe, associate professor in RSPH's Hubert Department of Global Health and director of Emory's Center for Global Safe Water, on Friday, Dec. 2.

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