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Citizen Science Program presents

Innovation Spread: Lessons from HIV

Presented by Kristina Talbert-Slagle

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

[Innovation Spread: Lessons from HIV]

HIV, which has 9 genes and makes 15 proteins, infects human cells that have 20,000 genes and make thousands of proteins. Despite having a miniscule set of biological tools and a structure that is far simpler than the cells it infects, HIV can successfully integrate into cellular DNA and spread, first among cells inside the body and then to other human bodies.  In this presentation, Dr. Talbert-Slagle will describe her work using HIV as a biological model for the spread of global health innovations in complex systems, including a discussion of parallels between a cell and a complex human system and between HIV and a successful health innovation.  This framework has been applied to understand the spread of global health innovations in low- and middle-income countries and also to the spread of an intervention to reduce door-to-balloon time among patients with ST segment elevation myocardial infarction in the United States.


Dr. Talbert-Slagle is an Associate Research Scientist and Lecturer at the Global Health Leadership Institute in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health.    

For more information, call 845-758-7490, or e-mail jcerulli@bard.edu.

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater