WHAT:North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will host a lec­ture titled “HIV/​AIDS, Viral Hepatitis and STD Pre­ven­tion in the United States: Cur­rent Chal­lenges and Future Direc­tions” by Dr. Kevin Fenton, Director of the National Center for HIV/​AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Pre­ven­tion (NCHHSTP) at the U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trols and Pre­ven­tion (CDC). A Q&A ses­sion fol­lowing Dr. Fenton’s pre­sen­ta­tion will be opened by Kevin Cranston, Director of the HIV/​AIDS Bureau at the Mass­a­chu­setts Depart­ment of Public Health and Dou­glas Brooks, Vice Pres­i­dent of JRI Health Ser­vices, a non-​​profit human ser­vices agency helping under­served pop­u­la­tions living with HIV/​AIDS, and other disabilities.

WHEN:Wednesday, April 4th, 2007 at 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE:Behrakis Health Sci­ences Center, Room #10 at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, 30 Leon Street, Boston MA 02115

WHO:Kevin Fenton, M.D., Ph.D., is Director of the National Center for HIV/​AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Pre­ven­tion (NCHHSTP) at the U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion (CDC). He joined CDC in Jan­uary 2005 as Chief of the National Syphilis Elim­i­na­tion Effort, leading a revi­tal­iza­tion of this pro­gram to end the sus­tained trans­mis­sion of syphilis in the United States.

Prior to his work at CDC, Dr. Fenton was the Director of the HIV and Sex­u­ally Trans­mitted Infec­tions Depart­ment in the United Kingdom’s Health Pro­tec­tion Agency (HPA). At the HPA, he estab­lished England’s national chlamydia screening pro­gram and led the devel­op­ment of the Euro­pean Sur­veil­lance of Sex­u­ally Trans­mitted Infec­tions (ESSTI) net­work, a 25-​​nation col­lab­o­ra­tion to enhance STD sur­veil­lance and pre­ven­tion throughout Europe.

An author of numerous pub­lished journal arti­cles, Dr. Fenton has served in a number of aca­d­emic and com­mu­nity lead­er­ship posi­tions, and has con­sis­tently focused on addressing racial and ethnic dis­par­i­ties in sexual health. Prior to arriving in the U.S., he was an advisor to a number of Euro­pean Union gov­ern­ments and char­i­table organizations.

After grad­u­ating from the Uni­ver­sity of the West Indies Med­ical School in Jamaica in 1990, Dr. Fenton earned his Mas­ters in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Trop­ical Med­i­cine in 1993. He earned his Ph.D. from Uni­ver­sity Col­lege London in 2005 with a thesis on race, eth­nicity, and the epi­demi­ology of STDs. He is a Fellow of the Fac­ulty of Public Health of the Royal Col­leges of Physi­cians of the United Kingdom.

The event is co-​​sponsored by the Depart­ment of Health Sci­ences and the Insti­tute on Urban Health Research at North­eastern University.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Renata Nyul at 617–373-7424 or at r.​nyul@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.