Recent and Past Events

2016-2017 Events

The SPHHP's Office of Global Health Initiatives invites you to join us as we welcome Dr. Claudio Lanata to UB. Lanata is a leading global health scholar and Senior Researcher at the Nutritional Research Institute in Lima, Peru. Please see below for schedule information and to RSVP.

2nd Annual Richard V. Lee Lecture in Global Health: Friday Sept. 29 at 12pm in 150 Farber Hall. Reception to follow in 144 Farber Hall. Lanata's lecture, titled “What is a pathogen? Lessons from decades of study of enteric pathogens,” will impart his expertise in health systems management and infectious disease. Please RSVP here.

Discussions & Talks: Dr. Lanata is very interested in developing new collaborative relationships with colleagues at UB. Two talks will be offered Thursday.

  • Waiting for the next cholera epidemic in Latin America.Thursday Sept. 28, 12-1pm, 430 Kimball Tower                        
  • Improving health care quality: The challenge of motivating change in health systems.Thursday Sept. 28, 4-5pm, 220 Hayes Hall

Student Session with Dr. Lanata - Thursday Sept. 28 at 3pm

​Faculty Sessions: Dr. Lanata will host a number of faculty discussions Thursday and Friday. Topics include: Antimicrobial resistance, Child survival, Improving hygiene, the Enteric microbiome, and more. ​View the schedule and sign-up here.

September 28-29, 2017

Richard V. Lee Lectureship in Global Health with Claudio Lanata, MD, MPH

October 4-13, 2017 - Various events

SPHHP's Health in Brazil exchange visit to Buffalo

SUNY Global Health Institute Virtual Rounds

David Larsen, MPH, PhD (Syracuse University) will present on his work in Zambia regarding mosquito net fishing and it's implications for food security and control of malaria.

We are only killing ourselves: How the current global health intervention paradigm may be causing more harm than good.

Wednesday October 11, 2017 at 12pm in 220 Hayes

Environmental exposure to manganese and effect on the behavior of schoolchildren in a Brazilian city. Cecilia Araujo, MS, Visiting PhD Student & Research Assistant in EEH, from FIOCRUZ/RJ in Brazil

Air pollution among pregnant women in Beijing, China: Developing and implementing a cohort. Zeinab Farhat, MPH, PhD Student, EEH

Water, sanitation and hygiene in low-income countries. Wit Wichaidit, MS, PhD Student, EEH

Please join OGHI as we welcome visiting students and faculty from two SPHHP partner institutions in Brazil, as part of the 2017 Health in Brazil visit to UB, October 4-13, 2017, led by Dr. John Stone and Dr. Mary Matteliano from SPHHP. Graduate students from SPHHP will present their research, followed by discussion. Light refreshments provided. Organized in partnership with the Epidemiology & Environmental Science GSA and Global Health Club.

From Brazil to Buffalo: Research and Dialogue with Health in Brazil visting scholars and SPHHP graduate students

Tuesday October 10, 2017 at 11am in 180 Farber Hall

All students are welcome to join this conversation with a leading global health scholar. Dr. Zhang is professor and director of the Comprehensive AIDS Research Center, Center for Global Health and Infectious Dieases, School of Medicine, Tsinghua University (China). Light lunch provided.

Global Health Experience in Battling Infectious Disease with Linqi Zhang, PhD

Friday October 27, 2017 at 1:15pm in 240 Farber Hall

SUNY Global Health Institute Virtual Grand Rounds

Wednesday November 15, 2017 at 12pm

Speaker: Emily Cercone, MPH, Program Officer at CDC Foundation

As part of UB's International Education week, OGHI has organized the 2017 "Public Health without Borders" event. All interested students are welcome. Learn more about opportunities with the CDC, WHO, non-profit organizations, and fellowships from an accomplished global health worker and scholar with extensive field experience in Sub-Saharan Africa and Bangladesh.

Students are welcome to email questions for Ms. Cercone in advance of the event to

Global Health Careers: Insights from the Field

November 16, 2017 at 1pm in 108 Kimball Tower

7th Annual Global Health Day

March 31, 2017 | 12-4 p.m. | 111 Kimball Tower

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Keynote: Rebecca J Stoltzfus, PhD.

Professor | Division of Nutrition Sciences, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Cornell University

Keynote Address: Elucidating the causes of childhood malnutrition: poor diet, enteric dysfunction disorders, and mycotoxins

Rebecca Stoltzfus holds a PhD in Human nutrition from Cornell University (1992) and a B.A. in Chemistry from Goshen College (1984). From 1992-2002, she was assistant and then associate professor in the Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She joined the Division of Nutritional Sciences in 2002 as an associate professor and was promoted to professor in 2005. For the 2008-09 academic year, she was a visiting professor in the Department of Community Health, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center, Moshi Tanzania.

Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of malnutrition in women and children in developing countries. Current major projects include the SHINE (Sanitation, Hygiene, and Infant Nutrition Efficacy) Trial in Zimbabwe, Mycotoxins and Infant Growth (Zimbabwe and Tanzania), Implementation Science for Scaling up Nutrition (Tanzania), and a project in Kenya and Ethiopia to translate the new global recommendation for calcium supplementation in pregnancy into policies and programs in Kenya and Ethiopia.  


  • 12 p.m. Lunch
  • 12:30 p.m. Keynote Address: Elucidating the causes of childhood malnutrition: poor diet, enteric dysfunction disorders, and mycotoxins
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. Student Presentations
  • 2:30 p.m. Break
  • 3-4 p.m. Global Health Research Panel
  • 4 p.m. Closing

4th Annual WNY Refugee Health Summit

April 21, 2017 | 8:30am-4:30pm | Educational Opportunity Center, Buffalo, NY

  • partner with practitioners, researchers, policy makers, resettlement and refugee communities
  • learn from national and international experts
  • develop local solutions to improve health for refugee populations

2017 Speakers

Deborah Lee, MPH

Deborah Lee

Lee has over 17 years of experience in public health work. For the past 10 years, she has worked as an epidemiologist in the Immigrant, Refugee and Migrant Health (IRMH) Branch of the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) on U.S. immigrant and refugee health issues and has managed the Migrant Serum Bank since 2007. Lee has worked extensively with several CDC surveillance systems--Electronic Disease Notification System (EDN), National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) and National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System. Prior to CDC, she worked in Seattle, Washington with the HIV Clinical Trials Network (HVTN) at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and with Emory University in pharmacology on adrenergic receptors research.

Meb Rashid, MD

Meb Rashid

Rashid has had the privilege of spending the last fifteen years of his career working with newly arrived refugees in Canada. He is the medical director of the Crossroads Clinic, a medical clinic at Women’s College Hospital that serves refugees arriving in Toronto. Rashid has also co-founded the Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, an organizations founded to advocate for refugees to access health insurance. He was on the steering committee of the CCIRH, a group that developed evidence based guidelines for the assessment of newly arrived immigrants and refugees and is a co-founder of the Christie Refugee Health Clinic, a health clinic located in a refugee shelter. Rashidis an Assistant Professor with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Sharmila Shetty

Sharmila Shetty

Shetty is a medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch. She trained as a pediatrician and joined Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 1999 and provided medical services for Palestinian refugees in Saida, Lebanon; IDPs in Bundibugyo, Uganda; and orphans in Khartoum, Sudan. She most recently worked with MSF as an epidemiologist in an HIV project in Dawei, Myanmar. Shetty completed the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) fellowship at the CDC, where she also subsequently worked as a medical epidemiologist in the Immigrant, Refugee and Migrant Health Branch, working on improving the health of refugees resettled to the US. She has also worked with the Red Cross in Banda Aceh, Indonesia post-tsunami; and was on faculty of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, working on the Hib Vaccine Initiative. 

Kevin Pottie, MD, MCISc, CCFP

Kevin Pottie

Pottie began working with refugees in 1994. He served with MSF, WHO, the Canadian Task Force for Preventative Health Care, the GRADE Working Group and the Cochrane Equity Methods Group. In February 2017 he attended the WHO/ IOM/ Sri Lankan Government 2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health.

Pottie led the Canadian and European Refugee Health Guidelines. He has also held various positions in the field, notably, Republic of Georgia 1995, Bolivia 2001, Indonesia 2004 and Republic of Congo 2007-08, Benin 2009, Panama 2012 and Nepal 2014. Pottie is an associate professor and researcher at the Bruyère Research Institute, University of Ottawa and has published over 120 peer review papers. He enjoys bird watching, juggling and surfing.

Summit Agenda

8:30        Coffee and sign in

9:00        Welcome: Mayor Byron Brown

9:15        State of the Region

9:30        Speaker panel (Dr. Kevin Pottie, Dr. Meb Rashid, and Deborah Lee)

11:00      Introduction to Health Literacy Breakout Sessions

11:10      Health Literacy Breakout Sessions :

                Meb Rashid: Social Policy and Refugees: What is the Responsibility of
                Healthcare Providers?

                Deborah Lee and Sharmila Shetty: Understanding the resettlement
                system to improve patient health: Global and local resettlement.

                Kevin Pottie: Building a research agenda to support universal health
                coverage for migrants.

12:15       Lunch and large group reporting

1:00        Workshop: How do we increase Buffalo’s health literacy?

4:00        Presentations

4:30        Closing

Knowledge translation of healthcare information: mHealth mealtime management interventions for community-based rehabilitation workers and parents of children with cerebral palsy in West Bengal, India.

May 12, 2017 2 -3 p.m. | Diefendorf 203

Sutanuka Bhattacharjya

Sutanuka Bhattacharjya
PhD Candidate
UB Rehabilitation Science

Sutanuka Bhattacharjya is a licensed (NY) occupational therapist and a PhD. candidate in the Department of Rehabilitation Science at UB. She earned her MS in occupational therapy with a specialization in early intervention and school based practice from UB. She received her Bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from India, and worked as an OT at a neuro-rehabilitation clinic in India. Her research interests include educational technology, knowledge translation in local and global contexts, and mobile health.

Air pollution among pregnant women in Beijing, China: Developing and implementing a cohort study

November 17, 2016 1:30-2:30 pm | 180 Farber Hall

Farhat and Grippo

Zeinab Farhat and Alex Grippo
Graduate Students
UB Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Graduate students Zeinab Farhat and Alex Grippo received international fieldwork awards from the Office of Global Health Initiatives. In June and July 2016 they traveled to Beijing, China in collaboration with Dr. Lina Mu, Associate Professor Epidemiology and Environmental Health, and Tsinghua University in Beijing. Farhat and Grippo developed and implemented a cohort study measuring the effects of air pollution among pregnant women. They will share their experience, the unexpected challenges they encountered, and lessons learned.