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April 11, 2006

Photo: Usha Balakrishnan, founding board member and the first executive director of MIHR-USA. Click here for a high-resolution version of the image.

Balakrishnan To Discuss Technology Transfer, Global Health Equity April 17

Usha Balakrishnan, founding board member and the first executive director of MIHR-USA, a new nonprofit in Iowa City, will discuss "Academic Technology Managers & Global Health Equity: A Rockefeller Foundation Grantee's Perspective" on April 17 for the next International Mondays lecture. The lecture will take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

MIHR-USA represents the U.S. operational base of MIHR-Centre for the Management of Intellectual Property in Health Research and Development, a global nonprofit headquartered in Oxford, United Kingdom, and has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. MIHR seeks to find constructive ways to promote collaboration among all sectors involved in improving access to needed drugs, vaccines, diagnostics and other important health technologies for poorer populations in developing countries.

Academic technology transfer is the process of translating research and development into products that benefit society. Technology managers bring together legal infrastructure, business opportunities, contact networks, and other funding sources to leverage vast governmental investments in basic and applied research.

Balakrishnan, as founder of the Technology Managers for Global Health group, has reached out to professionals in a variety of sectors to promote global health equity. With her growing interests in social innovations in technology access and diffusion, Balakrishnan was nominated for the Skoll Foundation's Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Balakrishnan serves on the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility. She is a board member of the Community Foundation of Johnson County and is a Rotarian.

For more information on the lecture, the International Mondays series or special accommodations to attend the lecture, contact Amy Green at 319-335-1433 or mailto:amy-green-1@uiowa.edu

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs, the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and the Iowa City Public Library and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually held from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday throughout the academic year, with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Program: Amy Green, 319-335-1433, amy-green-1@uiowa.edu; Writer: Katie Chelminski