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The Global Burden of Chronic Disease: A Rising Epidemic, Nov. 14

November 6, 2008
n-148, 2008-09

On Friday, November 14, 2008, the NYU Master’s Program in Global Public Health will present “The Global Burden of Chronic Disease: A Rising Epidemic,” an important and engaging conversation with three expert panelists — David V. McQueen, Rachel Nugent, and Henry Greenberg.

Moderated by Francesca Gany, the discussion will convene at 7:00 p.m. at New York University’s D’Agostino Hall, 108 West 3rd Street (at MacDougal Street), New York, NY, following a pre-program reception at 6:30 p.m.

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According to the World Health Organization, chronic diseases are the major cause of death and disability worldwide, accounting for 59% of the 57 million deaths annually and 46% of the global burden of disease. Furthermore, 80% of all chronic disease deaths occur in low and middle income countries, especially among adults aged 30-69 years. Chronic diseases will likely be the predominant global source of morbidity, death and disease worldwide during the 21st century. Despite a growing global burden of chronic disease which disproportionately affects developing countries, infectious diseases perennially remain at the top of the global health agenda for developing countries. While governments of industrialized nations now spend huge portions of their healthcare budget tackling the burden of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes, chronic diseases remain a low priority on the global health agenda and are not mentioned anywhere in the Millennium Development Goals. What is the often unrecognized impact and burden of these chronic diseases on developing countries? What can we do to more evenly distribute among the global community the benefits of the accomplishments of medicine and public health in addressing these diseases?

  • David V. McQueen, Sc.D, is Associate Director for Global Health Promotion at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Senior Biomedical Research Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Currently he is president of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), as well as leader of the IUHPE Global Programme on Health Promotion Effectiveness.
  • Rachel Nugent, Ph.D, is deputy director for global health at the Center for Global Development (CGD). Dr. Nugent’s publications include a range of topics, from the cost-effectiveness of non-communicable disease interventions and health impacts of fiscal policies to impacts of microcredit on the environment in developing countries and economic impacts of transboundary diseases and pests.
  • Henry Greenberg, M.D,is Associate Director of Cardiology at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University. He has been on the Board of Governors of the New York Academy of Sciences since 1991, was elected president in 1994, and is currently a consultant to the Center for Global Health and Economic Development at the Earth Institute, Columbia University.
  • Moderated by Francesca Gany, M.D. ,M.S. Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Director of the Center for Immigrant Health at the NYU School of Medicine and Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Human Migration concentration leader for the NYU Master’s Program in Global Public Health

The reception and panel discussion are free and open to the general public. Media coverage is invited.

About the NYU Master’s Program in Global Public Health
In response to the recognition that no single disciplinary approach is sufficient to respond to today’s complex global health challenges, five of New York University’s premier professional schools collaboratively offer the NYU Master’s Program Global Public Health, awarding the Master of Public Health degree (M.P.H). The program prepares professionals with advanced degrees from multiple disciplines to play leadership roles in promoting global health. Graduates of the program are uniquely qualified to lead multidisciplinary initiatives to enhance the health status of individuals and communities around the world. For more information, visit the program website at

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
Events and Traditions, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

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