Saint Louis University

Gretchen Birbeck, M.D., MPH
Gretchen Birbeck, M.D., MPH

The School of Public Health will host a lecture from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the auditorium in the Health Sciences Education Union. Gretchen Birbeck, M.D., MPH, professor and director for the International Neurologic and Psychiatric Epidemiology Program at Michigan State University, will present "Tragedies, Triumphs and Challenges: Public Health and Health Care in Zambia."

About the speaker

Gretchen Birbeck has served as a physician, clinical researcher and educator in Zambia since 1994. Her early hospital-based studies offered critical insights into the hidden nature of epilepsy and other neurologic disorders within the rural Zambian community and subsequently led to population-based, epidemiologic evaluations in both urban and rural Zambian regions. More recently her work has expanded to include multifaceted interventions encompassing activities in the healthcare and public education sectors as well as collaborations with grassroots advocacy groups.

Birbeck is a Global Health Research Ambassador for the U.S. Paul Roger's Society and in 2011, she was awarded the Woman Leader in Medicine Award by the American Medical Student's Association. She serves as a consultant to the World Health Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. National Institute of Health to develop training materials, evidence-based clinical care guidelines and disease-burden assessments relevant to resource limited tropical settings. For almost 20 years, she has applied her expertise in clinical neurology, tropical medicine, health services research and epidemiology to expand our understanding of common, treatable and neglected conditions in sub-Saharan Africa.