Expert on AIDS epidemic in China to speak

By GINA MARIE CIAPPINA

Published September 14, 2018

Na He, dean of the School of Public Health at Fudan University in Shanghai and an expert on the AIDS epidemic in China, will deliver the third annual Richard V. Lee Lecture on Oct. 5.

The lecture, presented by the Office of Global Health Initiatives in the School of Public Health and Health Professions, will take place at noon in 144 Farber Hall, South Campus.

He will discuss “HIV/AIDS Epidemic and Control: China CARES.” He also will address China’s ongoing health care system.

Accompanying He to UB are Fudan University colleagues Zhuohui Zhao, assistant dean and associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health, and Yan Zheng, professor in the School of Life Sciences. Zhao and Zheng will discuss research and education collaboration opportunities with administrators from the School of Public Health and Health Professions.

He is a professor of epidemiology with extensive experience in epidemiological research regarding HIV and co-existing diseases under combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). As the AIDs crisis has swept China, He works with biomedical intervention to prevent HIV transmission using antiretroviral drugs.

This work includes early initiation of cART for patients, treatment as prevention for couples for which only one of the individuals is HIV positive and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for men who have sex with men.

He is actively involved with the Academic Degree Committee of the State Council, Public Health Division of the Chinese Medical Association, and China’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education, all national public health committees in China.

The School of Public Health and Health Professions established the annual Lee lectureship to honor former faculty member Richard V. Lee.

UB’s Office of Global Health Initiatives aims to create sustainable and innovative solutions to major global health issues by developing international research and learning collaborations.

More information about the Richard V. Lee annual lecture can be found here.