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CPHHS Research Seminar

Friday, October 6, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

"International perspectives on adherence to HIV treatment and prevention" David Bangsberg, MD, MPH, Founding Dean, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, Portland, Oregon

David Bangsberg, MD, MPH, is the Founding Dean of the joint Oregon Health & Science University-Portland State University School of Public Health. He is a native Oregonian and former Professor at Harvard School of Medicine, Professor at Harvard School of Public Health, Visiting Professor at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda, and Visiting Professor at Vellore Institute of Technology in India.

After completing a master’s degree in Philosophy of Science from King’s College London and medical school at Johns Hopkins, his research and advocacy focused on mitigating the harms caused by poverty, mental illness, substance use and HIV.

He completed his medical residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in north Harlem to care for patients afflicted by urban poverty, violence and HIV. Upon moving to the University of California, San Francisco, and completing fellowships in infectious disease and AIDS prevention as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, he became the leading expert in HIV and homelessness.

Dr. Bangsberg’s research discovered successful strategies for treating HIV infected homeless people which neutralized concerns that they should not be treated with antiretroviral therapy out of fear that incomplete medication adherence would create new strains of drug resistant HIV.
Based on the inspiration of a student, he then turned to sub-Saharan Africa to find that the poorest HIV-infected people in the world had some of the highest levels of HIV treatment adherence.

His work was described by President Bill Clinton as the “nail in the coffin” on the debate as to whether HIV-infected people in sub-Saharan Africa would adhere to antiretroviral medications and neutralized the major criticism to providing multinational funding for global HIV treatment.

As Director of Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health, he brought together the expertise of Harvard and MIT to improve physical, mental, social, and economic health to the poorest regions of the world in several signature areas, including: HIV care, disaster response, cancer care, and medical technology innovation.

He has raised over $70 million dollars to advance public health, was the second highest NIH HIV/AIDS R01-funded investigator worldwide in 2008, and has helped over 25 junior investigators secure NIH funding. He is a member of the Association of American Physicians and has published nearly 400 manuscripts generating over 29,000 citations and an h-index of 86.
The college-wide research seminar is Co-Sponsored by the College Research Office; the Hallie Ford Center; the Center for Healthy Aging; the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health; and the Center for Global Health. The seminar series provides a forum for faculty in the College of Public Health & Human Sciences and other researchers to present and discuss current research topics in an environment conducive to stimulating research collaboration and fostering student learning. Faculty and students from the Division of Health Sciences and other colleges, research centers and institutions are encouraged to participate. 

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Marie Harvey
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