Press Release
26 October 2019 | Deutsch

Karolinska Institutet among the newest members of the World Health Summit’s M8 Alliance

Berlin, 26 Oct. 2019 - The Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, one of the world’s foremost medical universities and home to the assembly that selects Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine, is among three new members joining the M8 Alliance, the academic foundation of the World Health Summit. Also joining the network are the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), a university alliance with 185 members.
 
The World Health Summit begins tomorrow in Berlin. Over 300 speakers and 2,500 participants from 100 countries are expected to attend, including approximately 20 ministers, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, and leading scientists.
 
With three new institutions of academic excellence joining the network, the M8 Alliance now includes 28 members in 19 countries, including the InterAcademy Partnership, which represents the national academies of medicine and science in 130 countries.
 
The M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities, and National Academies was initiated by Charité in 2009 on the occasion of the first World Health Summit with the goal of improving health worldwide. It is an international association of excellent universities, research institutions, and medical branches of national academies of science.
 
The M8 Alliance is the academic backbone of the World Health Summit and works to improve health worldwide. At the end of each World Health Summit in October, the M8 issues recommendations for action to international policymakers in the form of the M8 Declaration. The International Presidency of the World Health Summit rotates annually among members of the M8 Alliance. The M8 also organizes annual regional meetings, regular expert meetings, and summer schools. The next World Health Summit Regional Meeting will take place in Uganda in April, 2020.
 
Members of the M8 Alliance:
 
• Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
• Johns Hopkins University (Bloomberg School of Public Health), Baltimore, USA
• Kyoto University (Graduate School of Medicine), Japan
• Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
• London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
• Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
• Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
• University of Montreal, Canada
• Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montréal, Canada
• Istanbul University, Turkey
• Sorbonne Paris Cité, France
• University of São Paulo, Brazil
• National University of Singapore (Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine), Singapore
• University of Geneva, Switzerland
• Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland
• Graduate Institute Geneva, Switzerland
• Coimbra Health, Portugal
• National Taiwan University, Taiwan
• Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
• Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran
• InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP)
• World Federation of Academic Institutions for Global Health (WFAIGH)
• Association of Academic Health Centers International (AAHCI)
• Peking Union Medical College and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, China
• Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Russia
• Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), USA
• Karolinska Institutet, Solna, Sweden
• The George Washington University (Milken Institute School of Public Health), Washington DC, USA
 
The World Health Summit is one of the world's leading strategic forums for global health. This year it will feature 300 speakers and 2,500 particpants from 100 countries, including around 20 ministers and the Director-General of the WHO. Speakers at the World Health Summit are leading experts from politics, science, business, and civil society.
 
Topics in the 2019 program include the impact of climate change on health, improving health systems in Africa and around the world, the fight against antimicrobial resistance, digital health, and implementing the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
 
The World Health Summit was founded in 2009 at Charité and is held under the high patronage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
 
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