Eva Harris, professor of infectious diseases and vaccinology and director of the Center for Global Public Health at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, was appointed a councilor to the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) at the society's 61st annual meeting in Atlanta.
ASTMH, founded in 1903, is a worldwide organization of scientists, clinicians and program professionals whose mission is to promote global health through the prevention and control of infectious and other diseases that disproportionately afflict the global poor. Research, health care, and education are the central activities of ASTMH members, whose work bridges basic laboratory research to international field work and clinics to countrywide programs.
At Berkeley, Harris has developed a multidisciplinary approach for studying the virology, pathogenesis, and epidemiology of dengue fever, the most prevalent mosquito-borne viral disease in humans. In 1997, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for her work over ten years building scientific capacity in developing countries to address public health and infectious disease issues. Using the grant award, in 1998 she founded Sustainable Sciences Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping scientists in developing countries gain access to the resources needed to address local problems related to infectious diseases.
Two other councilors were also welcomed to ASTMH: Dr. Louise Ivers, chief of mission for Partners In Health, Haiti, and Dr. Patricia F. Walker, medical director at the HealthPartners Center for International Health in Saint Paul, Minn.
“These outstanding scientific professionals will bring great insight and real-world experience to the Society. They will help guide us forward on the Society's key topics and represent the spectrum of global health and tropical medicine issues in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere," Past-President James W. Kazura said at the meeting.
By Linda Anderberg