The Institute for Global Health is born at the University of Siena
A major international project dedicated to public health
This strategic initiative aims to combine leading expertise with cutting-edge innovation capabilities for superior training in the development of vaccines and drugs against infectious diseases
(Siena) The inauguration of the Institute for Global Health (IFGH), an international project of the University of Siena, was held this morning at the Santa Chiara Lab. The initiative is dedicated to the issues of public health and the development of vaccines and drugs for the control and prevention of infectious diseases. The Institute’s goal is to be a center of excellence dedicated to high education, through capacity building and technology transfer processes, involving the best global researchers, faculty, and pharmaceutical managers.
The IFGH has already started this process by developing partnerships with international research institutions, universities, nonprofit organizations and industries. Among them, in particular, stands the collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, whose chairman Trevor Mundel – a faculty member – participated in the public presentation of the project.
As the University Rector, Prof. Francesco Frati, pointed out: “the Institute for Global Health is the natural evolution of the solid tradition that public health research has achieved at the University of Siena. Its purpose is to concentrate the best initiatives and high-level training programs, defining a unique strategy that will bring international synergies and attract targeted investments. Thanks to our scientific and educational capabilities, we are able to offer students all over the world training opportunities to stimulate innovative research and develop competencies in the fields of vaccinology and public health. ”
As part of the new initiative, the Master Program in Public Health, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Clinical Development was created in collaboration with the Incheon National University of South Korea and its Rector, Professor Dong-Sung Cho. The Master Program is the result of a two-year agreement signed in South Korea by the two universities. Classes will start in the coming months and will take place at the two universities.
The Institute for Global Health, based in the Santa Chiara Lab, will be chaired by Professor Emanuele Montomoli and directed by Professor Sue Ann Costa Clemens. Upcoming PhD programs will be coordinated by Professor Pietro Lupetti, Rector’s Deputy.
In addition to Masters and Doctoral programs, IFGH’s activities will include specialized training and continued education programs for vaccinology and pharmaceutical professionals. These programs will also be carried out abroad, with a particular focus on the deepening issues of public health within developing countries.
University of Siena press release http://www.comunicatistampa.unisi.it/dett_comunicato.php?idcs=6917