Internationally Renowned Pathogens Expert to Speak at University at Buffalo

2017 Richard V. Lee, MD Lectureship in Global Health speaker Claudio F. Lanata, MD, MPH.

Published September 22, 2017

Enteric pathogens, those occurring in the intestines, is the topic of the second annual Robert V. Lee Lectureship in Global Health hosted by the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions.

This year’s speaker is an internationally renowned expert on pathogens. Dr. Claudio Lanata, is senior researcher at the Nutritional Research Institute in Lima, Peru, which he joined in 1983 after returning from his postgraduate training in the U.S. Dr. Lanata will speak from noon to 1 p.m. September 29 at UB. The event will be available to watch online as a live stream. His talk is titled “What is a pathogen? Lessons from decades of study of enteric pathogens.”

This year's lecture is open and free to the public but registration is required.

Dr. 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, Dr. 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 two books, 27 chapters and more than 155 publications in major international journals. Most notably, Dr. 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, Dr. 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.

The Richard Lee Lectureship in Global Health is one of four annual lectures SPHHP hosts. More information on the school’s lecture series can be obtained online.