Disease Ecology in a Post-Colonial Context: Seminar with Dr. Abraar Karan

This is the first in a series of talks designed to bring attention to the inadequacies in global health research and how it reinforces colonial stereotypes and infrastructures.

Title: How neo-colonialism is setting us up to fail in global health

Abstract: Much of our current global health enterprise is built from colonial roots, some which helped to make the world more connected, but all which contributed to making the world less equal. In this talk, I will explore some of the forces of neo-colonialism and how they exert influence in the work that we currently are doing as US infectious disease researchers and practitioners; and further explore what we as individuals can and must do to push back and flatten these created hierarchies of inequity so that we can achieve more equitable systems that produce more informed, historically sensitive, and justice-oriented outcomes for those in greatest need.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Abraar Karan, MD MPH DTM&H, is an internal medicine doctor at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and is part of the Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity. Over the past few years, Dr. Karan has studied epidemic response and emerging infectious diseases, with a focus on Ebola.  Dr. Karan has a notable interest and experience in medical ethics, with writings featured in the NEJM, The Lancet, Health Affairs, Academic Medicine, The BMJ, NPR, WaPo, HBR, Vox, LA Times, Scientific American, Huffpost, the Boston Globe, and other major publications. 

Wednesday, April 14 at 12:20pm to 1:30pm

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