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P. Roy Vagelos to Speak at University of the Sciences

The mission of Mayes College is to insure that students and graduates are prepared to become
leaders, innovators, communicators, and collaborative practitioners in
disciplines and careers related to healthcare business, health policy, and
public health.   The Lois K. Cohen Endowed Lecture Series in Global
Health,  endowed by alumna  Dr.  Ilene Warner-Maron (PhD ’07), supports that mission.

Dr. Lois K. Cohen is a world-renowned advocate for public health, particularly in oral health.  She began her illustrious career as a research sociologist in the Division of Dental Health of the Department of Health and during her 42-year career, published more than 120 professional articles and authored four books on the social sciences and dentistry.    Dr. Warner-Maron’s donation serves as a means of paying tribute to the life achievements of Dr. Cohen by hosting an annual symposium addressing critical issues in global health and provide a meaningful forum for their discussion. 

This year’s topic, lecture, Biopharmaceutical Industry Impact on the Developed and Developing World will be presented by Dr. P.  Roy Vagelos, chairman of the board of Regeneron and former Chairman and CEO of Merck.     

During his career, Dr. Vagelos has been recognized for his contributions as a scientist, clinician, and philanthropist.  In addition to his work in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Vagelos is also serves as chairman of the Board of Advisors at Columbia University Medical Center and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.    Under Dr. Vagelo’s leadership at Merck, the company developed the Mectizan
Donation Project
 which saved the lives of millions in South Africa suffering from river blindness.  

 This is the fourth year of the symposium, with previous lecturers being Dr. Mirta Roses-Periago, former director of the Pan American Health Organization, Dr. Sonia Sachs, director of the Millenium Villages project and Sir George Alleyne, Chancellor of the University of the West Indies

This year’s program is scheduled for Thursday, September 26th, 2013 from 5:30-7:30PM.  Attendance is free.  Please register here.


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