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Bill Gates to Present 2013 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture

Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will deliver the annual David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture, “Why the Future Needs Biomedical Innovation,” on Monday, October 7, at 1:00 p.m., in Masur Auditorium (Building 10) on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.  The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) and the Fogarty International Center cosponsor the annual lecture series. 

Known for his philanthropy, Mr. Gates advocates for research and innovation to help people live healthy and productive lives. He is also an outspoken supporter of federal investment in basic scientific research.

In 2000, he and his wife Melinda established the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve international public health through the development of vaccines, therapies, diagnostics, agricultural products, and other technologies and to partner with the private and public sectors to ensure that these technologies can be delivered successfully to the people who need them. In the United States, the Gates Foundation supports innovations that improve public education. To date, the Gates Foundation has invested $27.6 billion in grants.

The Gates Foundation also partners with the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) to support global health research. Through this collaboration, ongoing programs are studying diseases such as malaria, enteric infections, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS, as well as training researchers and medical personnel in the developing world.

About the Lecture 

The annual David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture series was established in 2001 to honor the late David Edward Barmes, who was a special expert for international health at NIDCR and a longstanding World Health Organization employee. Barmes was an ardent supporter of global health and devoted his life to research aimed at improving health for people in low-income countries.

Sign Language Interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Jody Dove, 301-594-7558 and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339). 

The event also will be videocast at:

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