January 08, 2009
UC San Diego Names First Associate Dean for Global Health Sciences
In a world with constantly shrinking borders, global health is a growing concern. The University of California, San Diego is making an international impact with research and health care programs around the globe that fight diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. In support of this critical initiative, Steffanie Strathdee, Ph.D., has been appointed the first Associate Dean for Global Health Sciences for UC San Diego’s Health Sciences.
Staffanie Strathdee, Ph.D., new Associate Dean for Global Health Sciences.
“I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to this important effort, bringing together UC San Diego’s best clinicians and researchers to assure that advances in health care and disease prevention are shared with those in developing countries who need them most,” said Strathdee.
Strathdee, who holds the Harold Simon Chair, is Chief of the Division of International Health and professor in the Department of Medicine. She is also co-director of the UC San Diego-San Diego State University joint doctoral degree program in global health and co-director of the International Core of the UCSD Center for AIDS Research. Strathdee has been at UC San Diego for five years, previously serving as an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University, where she retains an adjunct professorship.
An infectious disease epidemiologist, Strathdee has spent the last two decades helping under-served populations in developed and developing countries. Her own work has focused on the prevention of blood-borne infections such as HIV and viral hepatitis, as well as barriers to care among injection drug-using populations.
As a result of her efforts, huge strides are being made to reach out to at-risk populations, giving them the tools and information they need to stop the spread of HIV, hepatitis and tuberculosis and ensuring that individuals– no matter their circumstances – are given respect as well as the care they need to stop the spread of these infections.
She and her team are engaged in research projects in a number of international settings, including Mexico, Brazil, India, Afghanistan, and Canada. She also leads several federally funded training and internship programs that aim to educate the next generation of researchers with expertise in areas such as substance abuse and HIV, with a particular focus on training scholars who are under-represented minorities.
As Associate Dean, Strathdee will be responsible for developing a program of global health scholarship that includes research, education and training activities across schools and departments in Health Sciences, and will represent Health Sciences in the effort to create a campus-wide Global Health program. She will also represent UC San Diego in the current initiative to establish a system-wide UC School of Global Health, facilitating collaborative teams to respond to funding opportunities in global health research and training and establishing collaborations with international organizations, health agencies and community partners.
“This new position, and Professor Strathdee's capable leadership, will enable UC San Diego to build upon and expand the expertise we have in infectious disease and HIV/AIDS research across the globe, and will enhance educational programs such as our joint graduate program in public health with San Diego State University,” said David A. Brenner, M.D., UCSD Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences.
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