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Dr. Moazzem Hossain Receives Prestigious Award
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Global HealthShare® member Dr. Moazzem Hossain, Project Director and Chief Technical Advisor for the Institute for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (IACIB) and former Director of Disease Control for the Government of Bangladesh, has received the 'Vestergaard Frandsen Award' from the National Academy of Vectors and Vector Borne Diseases for the South East Asian region. The award highlights Dr. Hossain's outstanding contributions to the field of communicable diseases and the mechanisms of vector bionomics. GHS would like to extend many congratulations to Dr. Hossain for this outstanding achievement. Dr. Hossain has spent the last 11 years serving as Director of Disease Control for the Government of Bangladesh. While Director, he was an advocate for the control and eradication Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and was involved with planning, project development, program management, research, and acted as a liaison between NGOs and donors. Dr. Hossain is also a Professor of Medical Microbiology and a WHO fellow in Immunology, Vaccinology & Biotechnology. He worked for 17 years in both undergraduate medical school & post-graduate medical research institutes in Bangladesh and served as an engaged teacher to both undergraduate & post-graduate medical students. His dedication to mitigating lymphatic Filariasis in South East Asia Region led to the founding of the first and only Filaria Hosiptal in existence. Professor Hossain is also the founder of the NGO, Institute of Allergy and Clinical Immunology of Bangladesh (IACIB). Dr. Hossain and IACIB's partnerships with GHS will be invaluable when it launches its rabies project in the near future. The National Academy of Vectors and Vector Borne Diseases is a pioneering institution in vectors and vector borne diseases. Members of this academy are internationally recognized and distinguished scientists from across the South East Asian region. Pictured: Delia Bethell (Clinical Consultant, GHS), Ray Rodriguez (Executive Director, GHS), Moazzem Hossain (Founder, IACIB), Anwarul Huq (Executive Director, IACIB), and Nasima Akther (Chairperson, IACIB).

Center Director Featured in Times of India
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Dr. Ray Rodriguez, Center Director, was recently quoted in the Times of India Sunday Edition for his expertise in diet-gene related interactions. The Times of India is the most widely read English-language newspaper in India with a readership of over 7 million people. The .pdf of the article can be viewed here: http://nutrigenomics.ucdavis.edu/do...

Center intern Quoc Sinh Le receives college citation
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On May 28, 2011, Mr. Quoc Sinh Le received the College of Biological Sciences Departmental Citation in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Sinh was an undergraduate intern in the Center of Excellence in Nutritional Genomics working under the supervision of Center scientists, Drs. Liping Huang, Somen Nandi and Center Director, Raymond Rodriguez. Sinh was one of 23 students to receive this prestigious award from the College. The Departmental Citations for Outstanding Performance are awarded to students who have achieved academic excellence in their majors and demonstrated exceptional skill and creativity in the research laboratory. Students must be nominated by faculty members in their major to be considered for the award. Nominees are then reviewed and selected by the University Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Honors and Prizes, based their academic record and supporting letters from their research professor. Congratulations, Sinh! Pictured left to right: Dr. Somen Nandi, Mr. Quoc Sinh Le, Dr. Liping Huang, and Prof. Raymond Rodriguez. For more pictures, see the Center's Gallery in the menu above.

Fuzhou University Institute of Biotechnology Director Dr. Pingfan Rao visits CENG
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Dr. Pingfan Rao, Professor and Director of the Institute of Biotechnology, Fuzhou University, China and Mr. Luc Lan, founder and CEO the venture capital firm, PE.VC, visited the UC Davis Center of Excellence in Nutritional Genomics on May 8, 2011. Center Director, Professor Ray Rodriguez, Global HealthShare Initiative (GHS) Managing Director, Dr. Somen Nandi, Dr. Sharon Shoemaker, Executive Director of the California Institute for Food and Agricultural Research (CIFAR), and Dr. Delia Bethell, GHS Clinical Regulatory Consultant met with Dr. Rao and Mr. Lan to discuss new research and development initiatives in China particularly in the area of oral-based therapeutics. Dr. Rao, who is a member of the GHS, also met with faculty in the Genome Center and UC Davis Medical Center to discuss differences in the drug development and approval process between the US and China. Pictured from left to right: Mr. Luc Lan, Dr. Somen Nandi, Prof. Ray Rodriguez, Dr. Pingfan Rao, and Dr. Sharon Shoemaker. Not pictured: Dr. Delia Bethell

Global HealthShare® on UC Davis Homepage
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Global HealthShare® initiative was featured on the "Spotlight" section today on the UC Davis Homepage. (Find the Spotlight here: http://ucdavis.edu/spotlight/0411/t...) About UC Davis: For more than 100 years, UC Davis has engaged in teaching, research and public service that matter to California and transform the world. Located close to the state capital, UC Davis has more than 32,000 students, more than 2,500 faculty and more than 21,000 staff, an annual research budget that exceeds $678 million, a comprehensive health system and 13 specialized research centers. The university offers interdisciplinary graduate study and more than 100 undergraduate majors in four colleges - Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science. It also houses six professional schools - Education, Law, Management, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

Local Feature Article on Global HealthShare® Initiative
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Global HealthShare® initiative was featured on the front page of the Davis Enterprise Sunday Edition, a newspaper that reaches readers across the Davis and greater Yolo County areas. The article was also featured on the UC Davis Health System News Page. The article can be found at http://www.davisenterprise.com/loca... or can be downloaded here: http://nutrigenomics.ucdavis.edu/do...

Director Speaks at ASCON XIII, Team Visits Bangladesh, Future Site of Anchor Institute, and India March 2011
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On March 14th, Dr. Rodriguez, Dr. Nandi, and Dr. Delia Bethell attended the 13th Annual Scientific Conference (ASCON XIII) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. While there, the team also met with Drs. Alam, Tahmeed, and Malay of ICDDR,B to discuss ongoing super-ORS project clinical trials. Along with collaborator Prof. Dr. Moazzem Hossain (Director & Line Director, CDC, Directorate of Health Services and Institute of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Bangladesh), the team visited the future site of the Filaria Hospital in Savar. The 5-story, fifty bed hospital is set to be completed in June 2012 and will become one of Global HealthShare's first anchor institutes. Pictured from left to right: Dr. Somen Nandi, Dr. Iqbal Hossain of ICDDR,B, Dr. Delia Bethell, Clinical/Regulatory Specialist, UC Davis, Dr. N. H. Alam of ICDDR,B and Prof. Raymond Rodriguez. Additional information: ICDDRB website: http://www.icddrb.org/... Future site of Filaria Hospital: http://iacib.org/index.htm...

Global HealthShare® Initiative Directors Invited to Speak in Japan, February 2011
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Drs. Rodriguez and Nandi travelled to Japan by invitation to speak on behalf of Global HealthShare® initiative at several venues. Dr. Rodriguez introduced Global HealthShare® and the power of sharing on February 23rd at the International Symposium on "Production of high-value materials using transgenic plants" in Tokyo, Japan and on February 24th at the University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan to an audience of both professors and students. At the February 23rd International Symposium, Dr. Nandi presented "Plant-made Pharmaceuticals - an example of lab to field and protein production" and also introduced GHS's current projects at Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan's leading national biotechnology graduate university.

GHS Member Dr. Sheikh Selim Travels to Bangladesh, February 2011
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GHS member Dr. Sheikh Selim visited Bangladesh and gave several special seminars on GHS and our current projects. On February 23rd, 2011, Dr. Selim spoke at the Directorate of Bangladesh Livestock Services, Dhaka, Bangladesh to an audience of professionals in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry of the Government of Bangladesh, members of the Food and Agriculture Organization, and members of the private sector. Also, on February 24th, Dr. Selim spoke at Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh to Veterinary Science faculty and students. We would like to thank Dr. Selim very much for his generous representation of GHS abroad. For more about our Project Categories and Members, see side panel.

Global HealthShare® initiative featured in December issue of "Nature"
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The Center's Global HealthShare® initiative was recently featured in the December 23, 2010 issue of Nature (vol. 468) by New York science writer, Farooq Ahmed. The article entitled "Edible Advice" highlights recent advances in nutritional genomics and efforts to bring the benefits of nutritional genomics to the developing world. The article features quotes by Center director, Raymond Rodriguez, GHS managing director, Somen Nandi, and former Center member, Jim Kaput. A pdf of the article can be accessed at: http://www.nature.com/nature/journa...

Professor Rodriguez speaks at 2010 ABRCAM meeting.
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Dr. Raymond Rodriguez spoke at the 2010 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCAM), 10th Anniversary meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 13, 2010. The title of Dr. Rodriguez's presentation was "Diet-Gene Interaction as a Nutridynamical System: Nutritional Genomics at the Edge of Chaos." Other invited speakers included NIH director, Dr. Francis Collins, poet-author, Maya Angelou, UC Berkeley professor, Carolyn Bertozzi and Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrassie Tyson. Approximately 3200 students, faculty and educators were in attendance.

Center Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Disease Control Unit, Government of Bangladesh
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On November 23, 2010, the Center of Excellence in Nutritional Genomics signed two separate Memoranda of Understanding with the Disease Control Unit (DCU) under Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of the Peoples' Republic of Bangladesh and the Institute of Allergy and Clinical Immunology of Bangladesh (IACIB) for the trials and collaborative work on rabies and other projecs. Center director Dr. Raymond Rodriguez and selected Global HealthShare® Initiative (GHS) members met with Prof. Dr. Moazzem Hossain, Director, Disease Control, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh on October 26-27th, 2010. Dr. Hossain also serves as founding chairman of IACIB, a non-profit corporation. The purpose of the meeting was to outline the proposed delivery of health solutions to developing and low-income countries. The MOUs were signed by Dr. Kenneth Burtis, Dean of the College of Biological Sciences at UC Davis, and call for the exchange of students and faculty between DGHS/IACIB and UC Davis and will involve training students and faculty from participating countries in the developing world. Shown left to right are Sheikh Selim, Ray Rodriguez, Moazzem Hossain, Somen Nandi, Delia Bethell, and Meenakshi Munshi.

Global HealthShare® Initiative Workshop October 18th-20th, 2010
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On October 18-20th, Global HealthShare® initiative hosted a workshop welcoming 42 nationally and internationally distinguished GHS members and invitees to conference at the Robert Mondavi Institute at UC Davis in Davis, CA. The three-day conference had representation from eight countries, three continents and consisted of: (1) project updates, (2) four breakout "firestorm" brainstorming sessions, (3) presentations by GHS members on current technology and first-hand reports of international chronic disease status, (4) the adoption of comprehensive bylaws, and (5) a team-building excursion to Napa, CA. The GHS team would like to extend thanks to all participants and contributors for the time and expertise that resulted in a successful and productive workshop. For Agenda, Workshop Summary, and presentations, please see "Workshop" tab on GHS website.

Dr. Rodriguez and Dr. Nandi visit National Institute for Food and Agriculture in Washington DC
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Drs. Raymond Rodriguez and Somen Nandi met with Dr. Roger Beachy, Director of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture in Washington D.C. on October 6, 2010 to discuss the mission and goals of the Global HealthShare Initiative.

Dr. Rodriguez and Dr. Nandi visit Fogarty International Center at the NIH
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Drs. Raymond Rodriguez and Somen Nandi met with representatives of the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda MD on October 6, 2010. In attendance were Drs. Kathleen Michels, Roger Glass and Daniel Raiten. The role of nutrition in modulating immunity and childhood malnutrition were discussed.

Dr. Rodriguez and Dr. Nandi visit Rockefeller Foundation
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Drs. Raymond Rodriguez and Somen Nandi met with Dr. Gary Toenniessen, Managing Director of the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City on October 5, 2010 to discuss the mission and goals of the Global HealthShare Initiative. Also in attendance were Mr. Zia Khan, Vice President for Strategy and Evaluation, Evan Michelson Senior Research Associate and Robert Marten, Research Associate.

Meeting with Dr. Tahameed Ahmed, ICDDR,B
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On September 25, 2010, members of the Global HealthShare Initiative, met with Dr. Tahameed Ahmed, Head, Nutrition Program and Senior Scientist in the Clinical Sciences Division at the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh, Dhaka Bangladesh. The meeting took place at the Plant Reproductive Biology Building at UC Davis. Attendees discussed potential collaborations on oral rehydration solution, rabies vaccines and human genetic variation associated with cardiovascular disease and heart failure. Shown from left to right are Sheikh Selim, Somen Nandi, Ray Rodriguez, Tahameed Ahmed, Ken Burtis, Bill Langridge and Deshui Zhang.

GHS Member featured in the Wall Street Journal
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Recently GHS member Somen Nandi was quoted in an article regarding the use of genetically modified crops. The article can be read online at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100...

Dr. Raymond Rodriguez speaks at the 2010 ABIC
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Dr. Raymond Rodriguez spoke at the 2010 Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC) in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Canada on September 13, 2010. Dr. Rodriguez spoke in the Health Session and the title of his presentation was “Diet-Gene Interaction as a Nutridynamical System: Nutritional Genomics at the Edge of Chaos.” Approximately 600 attendees from around the world attended the meeting.

Center signs Memorandum of Understanding with Loma Linda University
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Center Director Dr. Raymond Rodriguez and Global HealthShare Initiative (GHS) Managing Director Dr. Somen Nandi met with Dr. Richard Hart, President and CEO of Loma Linda University (LLU) and the LLU Medical Center on August 20, 2010. Dr. Hart also serves as President of Adventist Health International (AHI), a non-profit corporation established to manage its network of 120 hospitals and over 300 clinics in low-income, developing countries around the world. The purpose of the meeting was to deliver the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining the collaboration between LLU and the GHS to deliver nutrition- and immunity-based health solutions to developing and low-income countries. The MOU was signed by Dr. Kenneth Burtis, Dean of the College of Biological Sciences at UC Davis, and calls for the exchange of students and faculty between LLU and UC Davis as well as the training of students and faculty from participating countries in the developing world. Professors William Langridge and Zaida Cordero-MacIntyre of LLU were also in attendance.

Center Launches GHS Website
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In support of the new Global HealthShare® initiative, information about the program's objectives, collaborators and research projects can now be found on the Center website. Visit http://nutrigenomics.ucdavis.edu/gh... for more information about this exciting new initiative committed to using the fruits of CENG research to promote global health and wellness.