Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the 4th Annual Conference of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), taking place March 14 – 16, 2013, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

It is our pleasure to announce that the conference’s theme will be Global Health: Innovation | Implementation | Impact. Over the years, global health has gained momentum and established its presence as a field. We have seen it evolve and undergo considerable changes that highlight the dynamic interplay among multiple actors, sectors, and ideas. More than ever, there is a need to guide the future of global health through action. The complexity of today’s global health challenges requires harnessing the skills and energies of many disciplines in developing innovative and effective solutions. A multi-sector and multi-disciplinary approach to solving global health problems goes beyond the obvious and seizes on the expertise offered by each sector and discipline. The need for greater collaboration and cooperation among a variety of actors makes it clear that we must engage not only those who work in health-related fields, but well beyond.

Likewise, just as the public sector has much to offer in advancing global health, so does the private sector. Public-private partnerships can enhance impact and positive health outcomes, but private sector involvement requires critical reflection on their operations and role, with ethically scrupulous conflict of interest rules. Therefore, we must foster an environment that allows for this reflection and encourage development of innovative solutions across sectors.

Additionally, we are currently experiencing an unprecedented rise of new professionals graduating from global health programs. These new graduates come from a variety of disciplines and are eager to apply their newfound knowledge and skills in their work. As the global health community, it is our duty to determine how to best guide this new group of professionals and reflect on how they can best apply their knowledge, energy, and dedication to address the world’s health challenges.

The message is clear: it is time for greater “innovation” and greater focus on “implementation” with an eye towards having a positive and long-lasting “impact” on health outcomes. In response, this year’s conference will bring together over 1,500 members of a variety of sectors and disciplines to examine the cutting-edge issues in several areas:

  • Education and Capacity Building in Global Health;
  • Global Burden of Disease: Achievements, Outcomes, Metrics;
  • Global Health Justice: Human Rights, Law, Policy and Ethics;
  • Innovative Approaches and Technologies for Global Health
  • Innovative Financing for Global Health: Opportunities and Challenges
  • Global Environmental Change and Socio-Economic Determinants of Health; and
  • Enabling Systems for Effective Global Health Programs

The conference will feature world-renowned keynote speakers and plenary panels addressing timely issues and highlighting a diverse group of experts coming from a variety of sectors.  The conference will also hold workshops, as well as oral abstracts and poster presentations from across disciplines featuring a number of global health areas.

As the nation’s capital and a thriving urban center, Washington D.C. offers the optimal location for bringing together a wide range of stakeholders representing a diverse global health community from all over the world.

We look forward to seeing you in March.

Best regards,

Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, LLD (Hon.)

Co-chair, Planning Committee


University Professor

Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Director, WHO Collaborating Center on Public Health Law and Human Rights


Georgetown Law

600 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20001


Afaf Meleis, PhD, DrPS (Hon.), FAAN

Co-chair, Planning Committee


Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing

Professor of Nursing and Sociology


University of Pennsylvania

School of Nursing

Claire M. Fagin Hall

Claudia S. Heyman Dean’s Suite,

Rm 430

418 Curie Blvd.

Philadelphia, PA 19104


Thomas C. Quinn, MD

Co-chair, Planning Committee


Professor of Medicine, Pathology,

Epidemiology and International Health

Director, Johns Hopkins for Global Health


Johns Hopkins University

Rangos Building

855 N. Wolfe St., Rm. 531

Baltimore, MD 21205