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Press Release for Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Biosciences Leader John Howe Speaks on Medical Diplomacy

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Dr. John Howe III, president and Chief Executive Officer of Project HOPE, will discuss “Medical Diplomacy: Quiet Advocacy” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 26, at the University Center on the campus of the University of North Florida.
The lecture is co-hosted by the UNF Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy and the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville’s Global Issues Forum.

Project HOPE is an international health foundation, with offices and programs in 30 countries on five continents. Howe became president and CEO of Project HOPE in 2001 and is a board certified physician in both internal medicine and cardiology. Previously, he was the CEO at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and provided leadership to the University’s Medical School, Dental School, Nursing school, Biomedical sciences, School of Allied Health Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy programs.

Howe, regarded as a leader in the biosciences, is chair of the Harvard College Board of Overseers Committee at the Medical School and School of Dental Medicine and a member of the Board of Visitors at the Boston University School of Public Health. Additionally, he is the founding president of the Texas Society for Biomedical Research, a member and past chair of the American Medical Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs and a past member of the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

He has received numerous awards, including the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Award, the Award of Excellence from the International Association of Business Communicators, the U.S. Army’s Commander’s Award for Public Service and the National Humanitarian Award from the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine.

Tickets for this free lecture can be ordered online at Click on the Spring 2007 Lectures link.

The UNF Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy serves as a working laboratory to identify issues and develop cutting-edge solutions to rising health care challenges. The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville’s Global Issues Forum is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to engaging the community in global issues.