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March 7 Cafe Scientifique to focus on science, global health inequities

February 1, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Using science more effectively to address global health inequities will be discussed during the Cafe Scientifique to be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in the Baxter Ballroom in downtown Bozeman.

Featured speaker for the free public event will be Chris Wilson, director of the Global Health Discovery and Translational Sciences program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He will address "Why and How Must We More Effectively Harness Science to Address Global Health Inequities."

Two-thirds of the world's people live in low and middle-income countries, where most of the children under age five die each year, mostly due to potentially preventable infectious and nutrition-related diseases, Wilson says. Since the overwhelming majority of this burden falls upon those with limited resources, particularly in South Asia and in sub-Saharan Africa, Wilson says we must support sustainable ways to improve the delivery of existing solutions and look for additional ways, other than investments in research and development, to create those solutions.

Wilson, a pediatrician and immunologist who has served on several national advisory panels, leads a team that targets fundamental scientific and technological advances in global health that could lead to new ways to prevent, treat, and diagnose disease. He joined the Gates Foundation in 2009 as deputy director of Vaccine Discovery and Human Biology, Global Health Discovery.

Cafe Scientifique, co-sponsored by Montana's INBRE and COBRE programs, provides a relaxed setting for people to learn about current scientific topics. The concept started in England in 1998 and has spread to a handful of locations in the United States. Following a short presentation by a scientific expert, the majority of time is reserved for questions, answers and lively discussion.

Montana INBRE and COBRE are each an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant numbers P20GM103474 (INBRE) and GM103500 (COBRE).

For more information about the upcoming event, contact Laurie Howell at (406) 994-7531 or For more information about Wilson and the Cafe Scientifique concept, check the Web at

Evelyn Boswell (406) 994-5135 or