Fall 2008 – Spring 2009

July 2009

Health Programs of the Carter Center

On Thursday July 9, 2009, 6:30 PM, Kelly Callahan, Associate Director for the Carter Center, presented her talk, Health Programs of the Carter Center. Ms. Callahan is a liaison to the Carter Center’s health programs and field offices through management and leadership, as well as technical and financial support. Before accepting her current position at the Carter Center’s headquarters, Ms. Callahan headed up the Center’s southern Sudan office, targeting Guinea worm eradication, trachoma control, and river blindness control. Ms. Callahan acquired extensive field experience from frequent trips in and out of Sudan and served as an elected representative on the U.N.’s umbrella organization, Operation Lifeline Sudan. During this time, Ms. Callahan’s accomplishments included leading the Carter Center’s effort to distribute more than 9 million pipe filters in the fight against Guinea worm disease and the implementation of The Carter Center-assisted Trachoma Control Program. Ms. Callahan’s international health experience began with two years of service in Cote D’Ivoire with the U. S. Peace Corps.

Some articles featuring stories about Kelly are listed here:

14 Dec 2005
Health Magazine Profiles Center Staffer’s Efforts in War-Torn Sudan
The stories of five women–including Kelly Callahan–who traveled to the epicenter of human suffering in an effort to lend their support.

10 December 2008
Good Riddance, Guinea Worm
GOOD News is a video news program produced by GOOD magazine’s Web site. Host Roger Numbers, an animated character, conducts interviews on a wide range of issues including science, history, and economics. In this video, Roger interviews Carter Center expert Kelly Callahan on the Dec. 2008 Guinea worm announcement of fewer than 5,000 cases remaining worldwide.

3 February 2009
CNN’s “Inside Africa” “Guinea Worm Nearly Eradicated” Features Kelly Callahan
Carter Center expert Kelly Callahan was featured on CNNI’s “Inside Africa” to discuss Guinea worm and Sudan. “Inside Africa” is a half-hour current affairs weekly program that provides global viewers with an inside look at political, economic, social and cultural affairs and trends in Africa.

April 2009

The Addictive Power of Tobacco

Sheldon B. Cohen, MD, presented his video production The Addictive Power of Tobacco at our chapter meeting, 6:30 PM, Thursday, April 23, 2009. Dr. Cohen is a psychiatrist, certified in general and forensic psychiatry, with a private practice in Atlanta since 1959. He is co-founder of the Atlanta Coalition against Tobacco and has consulted on the production of medical films for the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Cohen is an active member and past board member of numerous professional medical societies, a past editor of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis and MedCom, and a past president of the Southeast Chapter of AMWA

February 2009

Cultural Ramifications of Neurodiversity

Dr. Elizabeth Freudenthal spoke on the “Cultural Ramifications of Neurodiversity” at our chapter meeting, 6:30 PM, Thursday, February 26, 2009. The neurodiversity movement, a loose coalition of grassroots organizations promoting autism as a difference to be accepted rather than an illness to be cured, challenges us to think in new ways about the relationships among language, normalcy, sociality, and, as activist A.M. Baggs articulates, personhood itself. Starting with a short Baggs film, this talk described different political, medical, and social approaches to autism and explored why the idea of neurodiversity is such a radical provocation.

Dr. Freudenthal is a Marion L. Brittain postdoctoral fellow in Literature, Communication and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is writing a book about the ways that biomedicine defines and shapes human experience in contemporary American literature and culture.

The meeting was held in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

January 2009

Communication Issues around Translating New Findings

Patrick Sullivan, PhD/DVM, presented “Communication Issues around Translating New Findings” at our chapter meeting, 6:30 PM, Thursday, January 22, 2009. Dr. Sullivan discussed CDC’s HIV incidence surveillance data: what they tell us, what they don’t, and what to do next. Dr. Sullivan is an associate professor of epidemiology at Emory University School of Public Health. You can download two publications that Dr. Sullivan referred to during his presentation by clicking the links below:

FOCUS Fall 2008 newsletter (pdf) See “New U.S. HIV Incidence Numbers: Heeding Their Message” on pages 5-7.

MMWR Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report April 21, 2006 (pdf) See “HIV Transmission Among Male Inmates in a State Prison System — Georgia, 1992–2005” on pages 1-6.

The meeting was held in the Rita Ann Rollins room on the 8th floor of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

October 2008

Medical Research Ethics

At our first chapter meeting, 6:30 PM, Thursday, October 30, 2008, Dr. Rebecca Pentz spoke on the topic of medical research ethics. Rebecca Pentz, PhD, Professor of Hematology & Medical Oncology in Research Ethics, joined Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where she was associate professor of Clinical Ethics. She received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Philosophy from the University of California at Irvine.

Dr. Pentz is a widely published investigator and author in bioethics. Her research focuses on ethical issues involved in oncology research, genetic testing, clinical trial development, informed consent and privacy. Dr. Pentz also sits on various national research committees, among them: The Central Institutional Review Board sponsored by the National Cancer Institute; The Children’s Oncology Group Ethics Committee; The Cancer Genetics Network—Ethics Working Group; and The Centers for Disease Control Institutional Review Boards.

The meeting was held on the 1st floor of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

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