17 April 2012

The Sydney Health Policy Network and the Charles Parkins Centre Presents:

The Costs of the Double Burden: Under- and Overnutrition Worldwide

Dr. Deckelbaum received his education at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He now directs the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University where is the Robert R. Williams Professor of Nutrition and also holds professorships in pediatrics and epidemiology. In addition to his ongoing basic research in cell biology of lipids and issues of human nutrition, he has been active in translating basic science findings to practical application in different populations. Dr. Deckelbaum has published over 350 research and other publications, as well as being co-editor of a number of books, such as Preventive Nutrition, now in its 4th edition. He has chaired task forces for the American Heart Association, the European Atherosclerosis Society, the Institute of Medicine, the March of Dimes, and has served on advisory committees of the National Institutes of Health, RAND Corporation, and of the U.S.A. National Academy of Sciences. Early in his career he was a physician in Zambia, and afterwards helped establish the first children's hospital in the West Bank of the Jordan and then continued to organize research and health programs among Egyptian, Palestinian, and Israeli populations. He helped initiate and now directs, the Columbia side of the Medical School for International Health (MSIH), a 'novel' medical school at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel in collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center. MSIH aims to help build the international health work force through inoculating global health skills into medical education. He has had major roles and responsibilities in designing novel approaches to training and education of health professionals, and evaluation of their outcomes - both at Columbia University and Ben-Gurion University. He now serves on the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences, and is a Senior Fellow of the Synergos Institute. Currently, he continues in projects related to health and science as a bridge between different populations in the Mideast, Africa, and Asia.

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