[A2k] APPLY NOW to the Knowledge4GlobalHealth Leadership Institute - Nov. 16-18

Reshma Ramachandran pff at amsa.org
Sun Oct 7 18:22:09 PDT 2012

Are you a undergraduate, medical, law, or graduate student interested in
open access/open educational resources, innovation and access to medicines,
and/or antibiotic defense? Then join the American Medical Student
Association (AMSA) and the Duke Program on Global Health and Technology
Access for the first annual -

Knowledge4GlobalHealth Leadership Institute

November 16-18, 2012

Duke University, Durham, NC

Deadline: October 12, 2012

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS <https://bitly.com/k4gh2012>


   - Create a network of students from various disciplines to develop solutions
   for sustainable innovation and affordable access to health technologies
   and research
   - Provide core training on policy issues of sharing knowledge including
   research and educational resources, access to medicines and access to
   - Create working groups for strategizing over potential challenges and
   campaigns in these areas
   - Build a critical student mass that would mobilize around several
   follow-on targets of opportunity

*CLICK HERE TO APPLY<http://www.amsa.org/AMSA/Homepage/EducationCareerDevelopment/AMSAAcademy/K4GH/K4GH_App.aspx>

Over the past couple decades, policymaker attention on the twin challenges
of innovation and access to life-saving health technologies for those in
need has grown. Several developments have triggered this focus: the crisis
to treat HIV/AIDS patients in the developing world, the availability of
digital journals and data sharing, the specter of antibiotic resistance,
and the marked decline in pharmaceutical R&D productivity. It turns out the
root problem traces too often to how knowledge is shared and harnessed to
move these biomedical advances from bench to bedside. The 3Ps--prices,
patents and profits--have prompted many to scrutinize more closely how our
current system of pharmaceutical innovation and healthcare delivery might
better meet the needs of patients. Taking a systems thinking approach, what
policies might be piloted, advocated, and implemented to create new
business models that do deliver on the promise of these interventions for
public health? The debate over these issues is now unfolding on the global
stage, from the UN Commission on HIV and the Law to the WHO’s Consultative
Expert Working Group on R&D Financing and Coordination.

Students can play a pivotal role in the public debate over potential
solution paths. After all, they populate the laboratories of academic
scientists bringing forward tomorrow’s inventions, shape the norms of
university institutions that form public-private partnerships with the
companies that commercialize such inventions, and generate much of the
basic knowledge that enters the journal literature. This workshop is meant
to inspire and equip the next generation of global health leaders to shape
an enabling environment for sharing knowledge for global health.

Three turnkey issues will help provide an initial, organizing focus for
this workshop training: 1) open access/open educational resources; 2)
innovation + access to medicines; and 3) antibiotic defense. Across these
areas, the intersection of these issues play out between North and South,
neglected diseases largely endemic to low- and middle-income countries vs.
antibiotics needed globally, and upstream innovation and downstream access.
Discussing these issues collectively will inform strategies in each of
these areas, and the workshop agenda comprised of plenary
expert-facilitated sessions and breakout working groups around these key
issues will support this learning across issue areas. In addition, the
workshop will provide skills-based training, from the use of traditional
op-ed and social media to organizing tools.

The workshop will be open to undergraduate, graduate or professional
students by application. Priority will be given to students with the
potential to carry out follow-on activities in one of the three focus
areas. However, prior experience in organizing such efforts in one of the
three focus areas, while desirable, is not essential to participating.
Participants will be responsible for travel, both ground transportation and
airfare, to the conference. However, the Duke Program on Global Health and
Technology Access will award scholarships to successful applicants in the
form of support for both lodging (double room accommodations at the Thomas
Executive Conference Center) and group meals during the conference.
Participants must be able to commit to attend the entirety of the
two-and-a-half day event, beginning at 8:30 am on Friday, November 16th
through 2 pm on Sunday, November 18th. The American Medical Student
Association is not only partnering in the workshop’s organization, but also
will facilitate follow-on activities in the three focus areas among
workshop participants. This may lead up to a report back and check in at
AMSA’s Annual Conference in Washington, DC, in March 2013.

Applications include providing a CV, a few short-answer questions, and a
disclosure of potential conflict of interest. All applications must be
received by October 12, 2012. Those accepted will be notified by October
15, 2012. For those seeking external travel funds from their universities,
AMSA can provide a letter confirming acceptance to the workshop and, if
necessary, attendance. No participants may accept corporate funding to
attend the workshop, and all participants will be asked to sign a
disclosure of conflict of interest before attending.

*Reshma Ramachandran*
PharmFree Fellow

*American Medical Student Association*
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