Seattle as a center for global health?

August 5, 2008 by PATH

Seattle as a center for global health: why here, why now? That was the question posed at Seattle CityClub’s July 24 luncheon, where PATH president and CEO Dr. Christopher J. Elias served as a panelist, along with Dr. Ken Stuart from Seattle Biomedical Research Institute (SBRI) and Dr. King Holmes from the University of Washington (UW) Department of Global Health.

“It doesn’t make sense to talk about the center of something global because we are so interconnected, but Seattle has emerged as one of the most important concentrations of expertise, talent, resources, and influence on global health policy and programs,” Dr. Elias told a crowd of business leaders and global health professionals. “Washington State has emerged as a critical part of the global system for understanding and responding to global disease threats and other development issues.”

The three global health leaders answered questions about the innovative projects each of their organizations are focusing on in our own Northwest backyard, including the development of a “lab-on-a-card” for diagnosing disease in remote settings (PATH), conducting human malaria vaccine trials (SBRI), and identifying the make-up of a virus (UW).

A video of the lively panel discussion is available on the Washington State Public Affairs TV Network website.

Posted August 5, 2008.