Lois K. Cohen Endowed Lecture Focuses on Impact of Global Health at Home

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on October 24, 2018

2018 Lois K. Cohen Lecture Series in Global Health

Roger I. Glass, MD, PhD, Associate Director for International Research at National Institutes of Health spoke about the importance of Global Health and why it should be funded at the ninth annual Lois K. Cohen Endowed Lecture Series in Global Health on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

Dr. Glass discussed his experience conducting research in Bangladesh and Vietnam and how similar research has had a great impact on advancing treatments in America.

In Bangladesh, it was Cholera research that found oral rehydration was the only effective way to keep patients alive, Dr. Glass said. The solution made to treat patients there, was the foundation for the creation of Pedialyte, a rehydration and electrolyte solution that is used across the United States to treat ill children and prevent dehydration.

“That is why global health matters,” said Dr. Glass. “These research opportunities are less expensive and can have great impacts.”

Looking to the future, Dr. Glass said he believes that on the horizon internationally will be the diseases related to aging as populations all over the world begin to live longer and are getting older.  Heart disease, COPD, and dementia will likely be the focus of study in countries across the globe.

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