SPHHP Richard V. Lee Lecture in Global Health

Dr. Na He

Na He, MBBS, MS, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology, Dean, School of Public Health, Fudan University, Shanghai China

Professor Na He received Bachelor degree in Medicine (MBBS) and MSc in Epidemiology at the former Shanghai Medical University, graduated with PhD in Epidemiology from University of California, Los Angeles (U.S.A) and was trained in molecular biology as a visiting scholar at Hadassah Medical School of The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. He was appointed as a faculty member at Fudan University thereafter and promoted to full professor in 2006. He has extensive experience in epidemiological research of HIV and clinical comorbidities under combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). He is a pioneer in biomedical intervention to prevent HIV transmission using antiretroviral drugs including early initiation of cART for patients, treatment as prevention (TasP) for HIV-serodiscordant couples, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for men who have sex with men (MSM) in China. 

Dr. He is a member of Academic Degree Committee of the State Council and Vice Director of Public Health Division of the Chinese Medical Association, a senior consultant to China’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education and has been actively involved in national public health education, promotion and multilevel campaigns. Dr. He has over 250 publications including over 100 papers in international journals and a chapter in the Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health.

  • Friday, October 5, 2018 at 12 p.m.
  • G-26 Farber Hall, South Campus
  • Light refreshments will be served prior to the lecture. Lecture starts promptly at noon.

OGHI Global Health Day 2018

Child wearing a mouth mask against air pollution (Beijing).

Child wearing a mouth mask against air pollution (Beijing).


OGHI Global Health Day Symposium


The exposome is a complementary concept of the human genome. It encompasses life-course exposure from the environment, diet, behavior and endogenous processes, from the prenatal period onward. Exposome research could revolutionize our understanding of the underlying causes of disease and guide the development of preventions and cures for more diseases. The symposium aims to bring experts in various fields together to advance exposome research at UB.


The New Era of Exposome and Its Implications in Global Health
Rosalind Wright, MD, MPH

Dean for Translational Biomedical Research
Co-Director, Institue for Exposomic Research
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

  • Friday, April 6, 2018
  • 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Farber Hall G-26, South Campus
  • Lunch provided  

8:45am - Welcome
Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD
Dean, School of Public Health and Health Professions

9:00am - Keynote: The New Era of Exposome and Its Implications in Global Health
Dr. Rosalind Wright  

9:50am - Behavioral Contributions to Chronic Diseases
Gary Giovino, PhD, MS

Professor and Chair, Department of Community Health and Health Behavior

10:15am - Panel discussion followed by coffee break

10:45am - Metabolomics in Exposome
Lina Mu, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

11:00am - Metal Exposures in Women and Children, what has diet to do with it?

Kasia Kordas, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

11:15am - An Introduction to 16S Microbiome Analysis in Bioconductor
Jeff Miecznikowski, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics

11:30am - Environmental Health Perspectives on Global Inequalities: Multi-Generational Impacts of Arsenic Exposure on DNA Methylation and their Implications in Arsenic Toxicity
Xuefeng Ren, PhD, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

11:45am - Panel discussion

12:00pm to 1:00pm - Lunch in Farber Hall 180

Portrait of Rosalind Wright

Rosalind Wright, MD, MPH
Co-director of the Institute for Exposomic Research, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Keynote Speaker

Rosalind Wright, MD, MPH
Dean for Translational Biomedical Research
Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Dr. Wright holds the Horace W. Goldsmith Professorship in Children’s Health Research and is Professor of Pediatrics at Kravis Children's Hospital and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Dean for Translational Biomedical Sciences. Co-director of a New Institute for Exposomic Research Studying Lifelong Effects of Environmental Exposures.

Dr. Wright is a developmental epidemiologist with transdisciplinary training in environmental health and stress mechanisms.  She has a primary interest in early life (prenatal and early childhood) predictors of developmental diseases including asthma, obesity, neurobehavioral development, and lung growth and development. A particular focus is on the implementation of studies considering the role of both social (e.g., psychosocial stress, other socioeconomic risk factors) and physical (e.g., air pollution, chemicals, dietary factors, allergens) environmental factors in explaining health disparities among lower-SES urban populations. Dr. Wright is the PI and Director of the Asthma Coalition on Community, Environment, and Social Stress (ACCESS) project as well as the Programming of Intergenerational Stress Mechanisms (PRISM) study funded by the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (NHLBI). This research program explores underlying mechanisms by incorporating biomarkers of physiological pathways through which psychological stress as well as chemical stressors may influence health

Symposium co-sponsored by OGHI and UB's Community for Global Health Equity.

OGHI Global Health Day Film Screening at 3pm

DVD cover for a film about global health.

Friday April 6, 2018
3:00-5:30 p.m.

Screening Room, Center for the Arts
University at Buffalo
North Campus

Film starts at 3pm
Discussion and refreshments to follow
Free and open to all

Join conversation with experts in public health

Learn about programs in public health and global health

"Bending the Arc" is an acclaimed documentary on the global health movement. This extraordinary film follows the doctors and activists that founded Partners in Health, on the ground in Haiti, Peru, and Rwanda, in their fight for universal health equity and the right to health for all. Film starts at 3pm. Discussion and refreshments to follow. 

Film event co-sponsored by OGHI and the department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health