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Speakers for Special Lecture

Darwin Labarthe, MD, MPH, PHD

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

 

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Darwin Labarthe is a professor of preventive medicine in the Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Princeton University (1961), the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University (1965), and the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley (MPH, 1967; PhD, 1974).

 

His principal appointments have been: U.S. Public Health Service, Heart Disease and Stroke Control Program (1967-70); faculty in epidemiology, University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston (1970-74, 1977-90); consultant in epidemiology, Mayo Clinic (1974-77); and successive positions at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2000-11), leading development of the long-range strategic plan, A Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke, serving as first chair of the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, and becoming founding director of the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (2006-2011).

Labarthe’s professional activities focus on epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular diseases, beginning in childhood. He founded and for 25 years directed the US Ten-Day Seminar on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases and is Co-Director of the International Ten-Day Seminar, now in its 45th year. He has published more than 200 research articles and book chapters and the textbook, Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases: A Global Challenge, now in its second edition (Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2011). Awards received include the Heart Healthy Stroke Free Award (National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention) and the Eugene Braunwald Academic Mentorship Award and Gold Heart Award (American Heart Association).

 

Il Suh, MD, PhD

Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

 

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Il Suh is Professor of Preventive Medicine at Yonsei University College of Medicine. He graduated from Yonsei University College of Medicine in 1978 and received his master's and doctoral degrees in public health from Yonsei University, and worked as a visiting scientist at National Institute of Health (NIH) in 1989-1991.

Professor Suh been teaching epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular disease as a professor at Yonsei University College of Medicine since 1986. He has also served as dean of the Yonsei University College of Medicine (2006-2008), Director of the Institute of Health Promotion (2000-2003), and Chairman of the Korean Society of Epidemiology (2006-2008),

Professor Suh is one of the first researchers to start cohort studies in Korea. In 1986, he started the Kangwha study, a community-based cohort study aiming to investigate the changes and determinants of cardiovascular risk factors from childhood to adulthood. He started other cohort studies including Korea Medical Insurance Corporation (KMIC) study and Korea Genome Epidemiology Study (KoGES). He also formed research partnerships in the Asia Pacific region, such as Asia Pacific Cohort Studies Collaboration (ASPCS) and East Asian Network for Stroke Prevention (EANS).

To promote cardiovascular disease prevention research and nurture young researchers in Korea, he organized the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Management Study Group in 1998. Later, he developed the study group to an academic society, then established the Korean Society of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention (KSCP) and served as the founding president for four years.

 

Dongfeng Gu, MD, PhD

 

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Vice President and Scientific Director, Fuwai Hospital and National Center for Cardiovascular Diseases

Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China

 

Hirotsugu Ueshima, MD, PhD

 

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Special Contract Professor, Center for Epidemiologic Research in Asia, Shiga, Japan

Professor Emeritus, Shiga University of Medical Science, Shiga, Japan

 

Wen-Harn Pan, PhD

 

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Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.

Director for Division of Preventive Medicine and Health Services Research, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan.

 

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