UW News

February 15, 2007

Economist to discuss global disease control priorities Feb. 23

Ramanan Laxminarayan, senior fellow at Resources for the Future in Washington, D.C., will present Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries Friday, Feb. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in K-069, Health Sciences Building.

The lecture is part of the Cost & Outcomes Grand Rounds seminar presented by the Department of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program and the Department of Global Health.

Laxminarayan studies the integration of epidemiological models of infectious disease transmission and economic analysis of public health problems. His work on resistance economics has focused on improving the analytical framework to study problems, such as bacterial resistance to antibiotics, and pest resistance to genetically modified crops. His research on the economics of public health focuses on the evaluation of interventions to reduce the burden of disease in developing countries.

Laxminarayan has worked with the World Health Organization on evaluating malaria treatment policy in Africa and has served on two National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine committees. He teaches at Johns Hopkins and Princeton universities. He received his master’s of public health in epidemiology and a doctoral degree in economics from the UW.

For more information, call 206-616-1383.