The 2nd Annual Richard V. Lee, MD Lectureship in Global Health was held on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 and was presented by Claudio F. Lanata, MD, MPH, senior researcher at the Nutritional Research Institute in Lima, Peru.
Lanata's lecture was titled, "What is a pathogen? Lessons from decades of study of enteric pathogens."
Claudio Lanata, MD, MPH, is senior researcher at the Nutritional Research Institute in Lima, Peru, which he joined in 1983 after returning from his post-graduate training in the USA. Lanata completed his residency with St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Connecticut and obtained an MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland.
At the Nutritional Research Institute, Lanata has led extensive research in child health and nutrition, focused primarily on diarrheal and respiratory diseases, micronutrients and vaccine development. His work has resulted in 2 books, 27 chapters, and more than 155 publications in major international journals.
Most notably, Lanata’s work has led to a number of partnerships. He has actively collaborated with the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization, served as a Trustee of the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B), and is founder of the Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative (CHNRI) in Switzerland. He continues to contribute to several expert committees on diarrheal diseases and vaccine development, including the WHO’s Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG) as well as the Foodborne Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG). Since 2011, Lanata has served as a Member of the Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) and the WHO’s Research for Product Development Advisory Committee Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE). He holds a number of faculty positions, including Founding Professor of the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences Medical School, Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.