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Atlanta chapter: The CDC and global health with Ron Ballard

09/10/13     Atlanta, GA

The Atlanta chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday evening, Sept. 10, at Ri Ra Irish Pub (1080 Peachtree St NE, Suite 1, at the corner of Crescent and 12th) in Midtown to hear about the CDC's role in global health.

We'll hear from Ron Ballard, Ph.D., who is associate director for laboratory science at the CDC Center for Global Health Leadership.

Ballard served as branch chief of the Laboratory Reference and Research Branch within the Division of Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention, NCHHSTP (formerly within the Division of AIDS, STD and Tuberculosis Laboratory Research) at CDC for nine years. He joined CDC in 2001. Prior to his CDC career Ballard served on the scientific staff of the Medical Research Council Trachoma Research Unit at the Lister Institute for Preventive Medicine in Chelsea, London. Ballard later served as Director of the National Reference Centre for STDs at the South African Institute for Medical Research in Johannesburg and Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand. He was the founder, and past president, of the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Society of Southern Africa and is a past secretary-general of the International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI). His most recent research interests include development and application of diagnostic and typing tests for STDs, tropical STDs and STD/HIV interactions.

There will be food provided.