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Berlin, May 12, 2010

World Health Summit 2010 Newsletter No. 1

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are happy to present the first newsletter of the World Health Summit 2010. From now on, the newsletter will be published every month. The newsletter will provide you with the latest World Health Summit news and give you background information on the activities and people who are part of the summit and the M8 Alliance. 

We are looking forward to seeing you in Berlin at the World Health Summit 2010.

World Health Summit Secreteriat 

Why a World Health Summit?

We need a new way of thinking in order to find solutions for the urgent needs of global medical challenges and health care systems. Never in human history have we been as close to realizing the aim of universal health and wellbeing through scientific progress and medical innovation. Political commitment and economic investment are crucial for breaking through to this target. New challenges, such as climate change, the financial crisis and shifting demographics complicate the discussion. Policymakers, civil society, business leaders and the academic medical community must take the lead and make a united front in order to place the urgent topic of global public health and coordinated action on the political agenda. >> read more

Registration is now open on the summit website. Please click here to access online registration directly. 

Welcome Message from 
Kofi Annan 

Public understanding of the causes of disease and sickness as well as the ability to address them has increased dramatically in my lifetime, but the health problems which remain are significant and come in many forms. They include the rapid spread of pandemics, the prevalence of scourges like HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis, but also the ever-widening gap in access to health services and opportunities, and as a direct result, in life expectancy between rich and poor. >> read more

Portrait of the Summit President, Professor
Dr. Stephen K. Smith  

“Health remains our strongest currency we share around the globe and across borders. It is also the most vulnerable value and needs protection and improvement” says Stephen K. Smith, Co-President of the World Health Summit 2010. >> read more

The World Health Summit and Pfizer Award for Innovation in Biomedical Research  

The World Health Summit and the pharmaceutical company Pfizer have launched a new annual, international award in order to support innovation in biomedical research. The “World Health Summit and Pfizer Award for Innovation in Biomedical Research” comes with a 75,000 Euro purse and honors innovative research projects of young scientists that address global medical challenges. The award encourages and honors the development of highly innovative biomedical treatments and their clinical translation into human health. Following a central topic of the summit, this year’s award focuses on “Medicine in Transition – Novel Applications of Personalized Medicine in Chronic Diseases”.

For details and applications please refer to the summit website: www.worldhealthsummit.org

M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers and Medical Universities

Academic Medicine Must Take Responsibility for Global Health

The M8 Alliance and high-ranking government representatives define targets for the 2nd World Health Summit in October 2010.

“Medicine and health care will change radically in the next 20 years. Considering this development, doctors and scientists need to feel responsible for placing economical and ethical aspects of public health on the political agenda”, said Professor Dr. Detlev Ganten, President of the World Health Summit and Chairman of the Board of the Charité Foundation. He was suggesting a basic reconsideration of international health systems and the practical side of public health. 
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The Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Why we Support the M8 Alliance and the World Health Summit

In 2010, the Charité celebrates its 300 Year Anniversary. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the German Reunification, the medical faculties of the Freie Universität Berlin (Free University, (in) West Berlin) and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Humboldt University, (in) East Berlin), have merged under the traditional name of Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Charity University Hospital Berlin).

With 3,500 hospital beds, 15,000 employees, 8,000 medical students on four campuses, and a budget of 1 billion Euro, the Charité is the largest medical school in Germany with a great tradition in research, teaching and patient care. 

Among the many outstanding scientists and Nobel Laureates of the Charité, Robert Koch, Emil von Behring, and Paul Ehrlich stand out in leading the fight against infectious diseases. Rudolf Virchow developed the concept of cellular pathology and cell biology and was one of the first to recognize the importance of public health. Virchow also saw the necessity that academia and all groups of society and politics join forces to improve global health as the most fundamental and precious human right. >> read more