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Samet Addresses International Health Concerns

Samet Addresses International Health Concerns
Keck School of Medicine researcher Jonathan Samet

Jonathan Samet, holder of the Flora L. Thornton Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, reached an international audience with messages about global health during two sessions at USC’s 2009 Global Conference in Taiwan.

Held in Taipei on Oct. 29-31, the sold-out conference brought together leading experts in economics, energy, health and digital technology to examine current global challenges and explore the potential for change. Attendees included USC trustees, alumni, friends and business leaders from around the Pacific Rim.

On Oct. 30, Samet, the founding director of the USC Institute for Global Health, delivered a keynote presentation titled “Global Health: Saving Billions at a Time.” The speech was an overview of health challenges, including chronic diseases, spreading epidemics, obesity and tobacco. In addition, Samet touched on recent initiatives for promoting global health and possible solutions for positive change.

In his speech, Samet noted that “we face ever more complex problems with global reach, but we are also gaining experience with developing global solutions.”

He also participated in an Oct. 31 panel discussion about air pollution in Asia. Joining him on the panel was Junfeng (Jim) Zhang from Rutgers University and Chang-Chuan Chan from National Taiwan University. The group discussed local concerns about high concentrations of pollution in Asia and how it relates to health worldwide. They also talked about strategies for control.

In an interview prior to the conference, Samet remarked on the importance of USC holding a global conference, particularly with an emphasis on global health.

“The world is quite connected, environmentally, and the connections pose new challenges,” he said. “We need to be training and sensitizing people to their global roles and their responsibilities. At a large university like USC, we have all the different kinds of players represented who will figure into finding solutions for global health problems.”

Samet Addresses International Health Concerns

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