102nd Dies Natalis focuses on global health

'Global health' is the theme of the 102nd Dies Natalis of Erasmus University Rotterdam on Monday 9 November 2015. On the occasion of this anniversary of the university two eminent scholars will receive honorary doctorates awarded by the Doctorate Board: Professor Paul J. Gertler (University of California) because of his research contributions to the economic evaluation of the impact of health care finance, and Professor John P.A. Ioannidis (Stanford School of Medicine at Stanford University) because of the global orientation of his research and his broad and critical view on research in general.

Professors Eddy van Doorslaer, Arjun Bedi and Myriam Hunink are their honorary promotors. During this dies natalis the university focuses on Erasmus MC, institute of Health Policy & Management and the International Institute of Social Studies. All are important players in research on global health and take part in the Rotterdam Global Health Initiative, the multi-disciplinary global health research, education and valorization network of Erasmus University and Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam. The aim of this network is to improve global health and access to it globally, and to lower the worldwide inequality in health care.

Honorary doctorates
Professor Paul Gertler is proposed by the institute of Health Policy & Management and the International Institute of Social Studies.He is an influential development/health economist and has been a pioneer in applying randomized control experiments in the area of health and development. Gertler is an internationally recognized expert in impact evaluation and has won several awards for his outstanding research on issues pertaining to global health. 'There and Back Again: An Evaluator's Tale’ is the title of his lecture.

Professor John Ioannidis, proposed by Erasmus MC, is the C.F. Rehnborg Chair in Disease Prevention and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. He is director of the Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC), co-director of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS) and director of the PhD program in Epidemiology and Clinical Research at Stanford. Dr Ioannidis has been employed at various renowned universities and is among the most-cited scientists worldwide. With his lecture ‘Boring discoveries, innovative replications’ he will accept his honorary doctorate.

This year Professor Ernst Kuipers, Chairman of the Executive Board of Erasmus MC will speak the dies lecture ‘Bridging Ambitions’.

Female talent
Rector magnificus professor Huibert Pols closes the ceremony with the first presentation of the ENVH Athena Award, for employees  who make an extraordinary contribution to stimulate female talent.

For all information please check the Dies Natalis website.

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