Improving health and reducing inequities worldwide


Bay Area Global Health Seminar Series

Join us for a new quarterly series of moderated salon-style discussions featuring scientific experts from UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley, UC Davis and Stanford. Each seminar will feature a different global health topic and be hosted by one of the four participating campuses.

Save the Date for the next Bay Area Global Health Seminar

April 20, 2015 | 12:30 pm
UC Davis

Details and registration information coming soon.

Global health action on a crowded Earth: Bay Area perspectives on population growth, environment, and public health

November 12, 2014 | 3:00 pm
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
UC Berkeley
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By 2015, it is projected that we will be sharing the planet with 7.3 billion people. While the human population swells—especially in parts of the world where there is more poverty, disease, famine, and political instability—we must continue finding innovative ways to achieve global health goals. Population health coheres infectious disease, NCD's, and nutrition with behavioral economics, climate change, agriculture, resource scarcity, and the entire living ecosystem. To improve health, from rural villages to booming metropolises, there is a need for transdisciplinary and collaborative global health action. This panel convenes experts from around the Bay Area to explore cutting-edge research tackling complex global health challenges, and to debate the priorities for a growing, interconnected, and crowded Earth. Event flier

Seminar speaker bios
Video available


  • Jenna Davis, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Higgons-Magid Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
  • David Vlahov, Dean, School of Nursing, UCSF
  • Ted Miguel, Oxfam Professor in Environmental and Resource Economics, Department of Economics; Faculty Director of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), UC Berkeley
  • Howard-Yana Shapiro, Senior Fellow, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis


Stefano Bertozzi, Dean, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

Opening and closing remarks:

Ndola Prata, Director, Bixby Center for Population, Health & Sustainability, UC Berkeley and Malcom Potts, Professor of Public Health, UC Berkeley

Moving beyond millennium targets in global health:
The challenges of investing in health and universal health coverage

Monday, March 31, 2014 | 2:30 pm
The Li Ka Shing Center
Stanford University School of Medicine
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Although targets can help to focus global health efforts, they can also detract attention from deeper underlying challenges in global health. Recent pushes to achieve universal health coverage in low-income countries fail to account for the large share of services sought from private informal sector providers. More generally, they lack strategies for improving the (often very poor) quality of care to be “covered.” This panel will explore divergence between global health “targets” and on-the-ground realities that must be addressed by global health policy. Event Flier.

Seminar Speaker Bios
Video available


  • Michele Barry, Senior Associate Dean for Global Health; Director, Center for Innovation in Global Health. Stanford


  • Kenneth Arrow, Nobel Laureate and Professor (Emeritus), Economics, Stanford
  • Richard Feachem, Director, Global Health Group, UC San Francisco
  • Dean Jamison, Co-Chair, Lancet Commission on Investing in Health
  • Richard Scheffler, Director, Nicholas C. Petris Center; Director, Global Center for Health Economics and Policy Research and Distinguished Professor, Health Economics and Public Policy, UC Berkeley
  • Ann Stevens, Director, Center for Poverty Research, UC Davis


Grant Miller, Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Associate Professor, Medicine, Stanford

Inaugural Seminar
Global HIV/AIDS at the Crossroads: Where do we go from here?

Monday, January 27, 2014 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm (reception to follow)
Genentech Hall Auditorium
UCSF Mission Bay Campus 600 16th St., San Francisco, CA

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The first seminar will be hosted by UCSF and will focus on the current state of global HIV/AIDS. Panelists will discuss what progress has been made in fighting this global epidemic, how research findings are being translated into improved clinical outcomes, and how the Bay Area research community is working to address the questions that remain. Event Flier

Seminar Speaker Bios
Slideshow from inaugural Seminar
LIVECAST link will be LIVE on January 27th
Video also available on UCTV

Viewing requirements to watch the stream: up-to-date iOS device, a PC or Mac with the free Microsoft Silverlight Plugin (same as to watch Netflix), or a Droid mobile device running Flash.


  • Jaime Sepulveda, Executive Director, Global Health Sciences, UCSF
  • Susan Desmond-Hellmann, Chancellor, UCSF


  • Eran Bendavid, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Stanford
  • Stefano Bertozzi, Dean, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley
  • Diane Havlir, Professor & Chief of the HIV/AIDS Division & Positive Health Program, UCSF
  • Michael Lairmore, Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis

Moderator: Paul Volberding, Director, AIDS Research Institute and Director of Research, Global Health Sciences, UCSF

Livecast brought to you by the UC Global Health Institute

Contact: communications@globalhealth.ucsf.edu