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2019 triangle global health annual conference


The 2019 Triangle Global Health Annual Conference was held on Wednesday, October 16 in Durham! Our 2019 theme was One Health: Creating our Shared Future -- Humans, Animals, and the Environment.

The One Health concept is a worldwide approach to expanding interdisciplinary collaboration and communication on all aspects of health for humans, animals and the environment. North Carolina brings a wealth of expertise and talent for implementing One Health across a spectrum of global health research, practice, policy and innovation. Throughout the conference, we examined how health for humans, animals, and the environment are inextricably linked and explored how our members and their partners are taking a One Health approach to promoting a healthy and sustainable future for all. 

The world gets smaller and more connected every day as interwoven channels of trade, travel, and communication enable the flow of goods, people and information around the globe. While these interactions and integrated value chains make the movement of materials and services more efficient - opening up doors of opportunity for billions of people - they also increase the transmission of disease and expose human and animal populations to health risks at an accelerating pace. At the same time, the tools and ability to prepare for and respond to these health risks are advancing.


This program provided an opportunity for thought leaders, innovators, policymakers, students, and researchers to share their One Health experience and questions, with the goal of advancing the use of global health and public health tools to achieve sustainable wellbeing for all. The program sessions included a mix of speakers, panels, workshops, and poster presentations that showcased current One Health best practices and encouraged attendees and presenters to engage around key issues impacting human, animal and environmental health across a spectrum of application areas. 


Thank you for attending the conference and advancing global health through One Health! 

Dr. Tim Mastro, Chief Science Officer, FHI 360 – Conference Chair
Jacob Traverse, Executive Director, TGHC

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.

Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., is director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health, and the National Toxicology Program (NTP). A board-certified toxicologist, Birnbaum has served as a federal scientist for nearly 39 years. Prior to her appointment as NIEHS and NTP Director in 2009, she spent 19 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where she directed the largest division focusing on environmental health research. 



Dennis Carroll, Ph.D.

Dr. Dennis Carroll has over 30 years of leadership experience in global health and development.  Until recently he served as the Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Emerging Threats Division.  In this position Dr. Carroll was responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for the Agency's programs addressing new and emerging disease threats.   He provided overall strategic leadership for the Agency’s response to the West Africa Ebola epidemic




7:30 AM

Registration Opens

Continental Breakfast Buffet

Exhibitor and Poster Setup

8:15 AM

Morning Plenary

10:15 AM

Morning Break

  • Poster Presentations

  • Exhibitor Floor

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12:00 PM

Lunch Plenary 

  • 2019 Triangle Global Health Corporate Impact Award Winner: Grifols - Gavin Lindberg, Senior Director of Public Affairs

  • One Health Innovation in Action - Company Showcase

    • AgBiome​ - Kelly Smith, Director of Microbials Development

    • Locus Biosciences - Joe Nixon, Vice President of Business Development

    • Sentinel Biomedical - Matthew Breen, Founder 

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2:15 PM

Afternoon Break

  • Poster Presentations

  • Exhibitor Floor


3:00 PM

Afternoon Plenary​

4:50 PM


5:00 PM

Networking Reception

  • Tim Mastro, MD, DTM&H (Chair) – Chief Science Officer, FHI 360 

  • Carol Bales – Sr. Communications and Advocacy Officer, IntraHealth International 

  • Julie Ann Casani, MD, MPH – Medical Director, Student Health Services, North Carolina State University

  • Greg Gray, PhD – Professor, Duke Global Health Institute 

  • Heather Henry, PhD – Health Scientist Administrator, NIEHS 

  • Alison Mitchell Lefew, MSC – Senior Program Manager, RTI International 

  • Nandini Mendu, PhD – VP, Science & Technology Development, NC Biotechnology Center 

  • Rob Salerno, MSC – Director, Global Health Security, DAI Global Health 

  • Kimberly Thigpen Tart, JD, MPH – Health Science Policy Analyst, NIEHS 

  • Jacob Traverse, MBA – Executive Director, Triangle Global Health Consortium 

  • Naya Villarreal, MPH – Program Coordinator, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health 

  • Aubrey Weber, MPH – Technical Officer, Research Utilization, FHI 360 

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Please join us in thanking our sponsors whose generous support made the 2019 Triangle Global Health Annual Conference possible!


Platinum Sponsors

GOLD Sponsors


Sustainability Sponsor

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Reception Sponsors

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