Lyon welcomes global health expert

Lyon College will proudly present the Dr. Elizabeth Higgs Convocation at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Nucor Auditorium. Dr. Higgs will be speaking about several areas of her work with an emphasis throughout her lecture on the interdisciplinary nature of global health. She will try to communicate the need for a multi-sector, trans-disciplinary nature of making advances in global health at the population level, as well as touch on some of the United State Government Global Health Initiative’s goals and talk about work in those areas.

Dr. Higgs currently serves as a Global Health Science Advisor for the Division of Clinical Research at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Health and Human Services. She was formerly a Science Advisor for Research and Innovation to the Global Heath Bureau at the U.S. Agency for International Development where she focused on science for development issues including USG Global Health Evidence Summits, promotion of research and innovation within the Global Health Initiative, evidence evaluation frameworks for Global Health decision making, and smart linkages between USG development and science agencies such as Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research Health: Implementation Science for Child Survival.

At NIH, Higgs has provided leadership for collaborative multinational infectious disease research such as the Southeast Asia Infectious Disease Clinical Research Network and the International Collaborations in Tropical Disease Research Network. Her career focus includes development of independent research capacity in low- to middle-income countries. Higgs’ research interests within global health have focused broadly on influenza therapeutics, HIV, tropical diseases, nutrition, and emerging infectious diseases, and the ethics of global health research.

Higgs is trained in internal medicine, infectious and tropical diseases, and international affairs. She received a doctorate in medicine from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in Bioethics from the University of Virginia, and a Diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

The convocation will last approximately an hour with a question-and-answer session after the lecture. A reception will follow.