As you might expect, Pierre’s been keeping busy during his yearlong break from the responsibilities of being dean. He has continued to spread the word about global health, including representing the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) at the World Health Summit in Berlin. At that meeting, a new global representative body was launched and Pierre will be a part of it. The World Federation of Academic Institutions for Global Health will federate global health organizations around the world.
In late 2013, Pierre was also elected as a Corresponding Member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium. The academy serves as a work center for the exchange of ideas, a think tank for matters relating to medical science, and an advisory board for governmental institutions. Pierre is a native of Belgium. “I am deeply honored to be elected to the Royal Academy,” he said at the announcement. “It serves a prominent role in Belgium health affairs and encourages careful thought on many issues that impact the health of people everywhere. I look forward to working with the membership.”
Pierre continues to focus his sabbatical on neglected tropical diseases and pregnancy. He has been spending part of his sabbatical between Mexico and Houston, Texas, where he has been hosted by Peter Hotez, founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital.
The school has been fortunate to have had Dr. Luann White serving as interim dean in Pierre’s absence. She’s coordinated a number of innovations to the curriculum, including the introduction of a new graduate certificate program for current students and the incorporation of blended learning techniques into the core curriculum, efforts that will officially launch this fall.
The next issue of Global Health will arrive just as many of you land in New Orleans for the 142nd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. We look forward to having APHA in New Orleans, and hope that you will take this opportunity to reconnect at the school’s booth, alumni reception, or at the school itself! See you then!
Editor, Global Health