Fulbright 2013 Lecture Series
International relations in science and medicine: Three case studies.
Economically advanced countries have a variety of reasons to share their expertise in science, technology, and medicine with poor nations. These three lectures will explore the histories of three different programs, addressing three different types of human diseases, in which the United States has formed partnerships with other countries to improve science and public health. Each lecture is intended to illuminate in non-technical language how and by whom these programs were initiated, what the programs achieved, and what lessons can be drawn from them.
May 3, Pembroke College, Oxford
Case #1: The Uganda Cancer Institute
The first lecture will describe how the discovery of an unusual childhood cancer by a U.K. investigator in East Africa led to the founding of a center for cancer care, research, and training in Kampala, Uganda by the U.S. National Cancer Institute; how the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) has been sustained for over 45 years despite dramatic political changes in Uganda; and what the future now holds for the UCI in its efforts to treat cancers more effectively and train new cancer researchers.
May 7, Kings College, London
Case #2: The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
The second lecture will examine the features of the AIDS epidemic that contributed to the launch of an ambitious and successful program by President George W. Bush to prevent and treat HIV infections in a large number of poor countries. Special attention will be given to the precedents, people, and arguments that convinced the Bush administration to undertake this program and then describe its development and current status.
May 9, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh
Case #3: The Malaria Research and Training Center in Bamako, Mali
The final lecture will trace how studies of the mosquito that carries the causative agent of malaria led to the establishment of a center for malaria research and training, strongly supported by a component of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, in Bamako, Mali. It will also address how the MRTC has dramatically affected the lives of Malians and how the Center is faring in the current period of unrest in Mali.