The 2019 Paul P. Weinstein Memorial Lecture presented by the Eck Institute for Global Health will feature Stephanie James, PhD, Senior Vice President of Science at the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.
“Beyond the Bench: The Challenges of Introducing an Emerging Technology for Control of Vector-Borne Diseases”
Dr. James is the Senior Vice President for Science at the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) in Bethesda, MD, where she leads several research partnerships with an emphasis on global health research. Prior to joining FNIH in 2004, Dr. James served as Chief of the Parasitology and International Programs Branch in the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, NIAID, NIH, and subsequently as Deputy Director and director of the Global Infectious Disease program at The Ellison Medical Foundation.
While at NIH, Dr. James was responsible for programmatic development of the Tropical Medicine Research Centers and the International Centers for Excellence in Research, co-authored the institute’s Research Plan for Malaria Vaccine Development and Research Agenda for Emerging Infectious Diseases, and was instrumental in the formation of the International Centers for Tropical Disease Research and the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria. At the Ellison Medical Foundation, she started a new funding program to foster discovery research on global health. At FNIH, she was part of the team that developed the original Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative and has been program officer for a number of the original GCGH projects as well as several follow-on projects. These include research on development of innovative methods for controlling mosquito vectors of human disease, as well as projects on discovery of new targets for TB drugs, HIV/AIDS vaccine discovery, and biomarkers for onchocerciasis infection. Dr. James has served on multiple advisory committees, including to the World Health Organization, the US Agency for International Development, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Merck Foundation, and the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program. In 1998, she was elected President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.