The 8th Annual WINDREF Lecture Presented by Dr. John Rouben David

Dr John Rouben David Black and White PortraitDr. David delivered the 8th Annual WINDREF Lecture on the evening of Thursday, February 15, 2007 at the Caribbean House Great Hall, True Blue campus.  He delivered on the topic: Leishmaniasis: A novel approach to control visceral leishmaniasis and another to treat cutaneous leishmaniasis.

Dr. David received his MD degree from the University of Chicago Medical School, Chicago, Illinois in 1955. His academic appointments have been held at New York University (assistant professor 1964 – 66) assistant and then associate professor of medicine (1969 – 73) then professor of medicine (1973 –) at the Harvard Medical School, a senior associate in medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the chief of the Division of Tropical Medicine, Harvard Medical School, the John LaPorte Given Professor & Chairman, Department of Tropical Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) (1981-91), the Richard Pearson Strong Professor & Chairman, Tropical Public Health, HSPH (1991 – 97), the Richard Pearson Strong Professor, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, HSPH (1997 – 2002) and the Richard Pearson Strong Professor Emeritus since 2002.

He has received many awards in several countries for his contributions to research in tropical diseases, especially immunological aspects of leishmaniasis. He is a member of 15 international societies, served on countless committees of many international health bodies and editorial boards. Dr. David has been a prolific author and has published over 300 peer reviewed papers and held a number of grants over many decades. In New York, he is currently an advisor to the Jeffrey Sach’s Millenium Village project in Africa and Health Specialist concerning neglected tropical diseases. Dr. David is an active member of the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) Scientific Advisory Board.