GHRC Researcher attends GBD 20th Anniversary

The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study celebrated its 20th anniversary in Seattle, USA from September 25 through 27. The event was co-hosted by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington and the Lancet. GBD is the world’s largest systematic, scientific effort to quantify the magnitude of health loss from all major diseases, injuries, and risk factors by age, sex, and population. With 2,303 collaborators in 130 countries and territories, the study examines 332 diseases and injuries and 84 risk factors. GBD findings are published in major scientific journals, policy reports, and online data visualizations. Prof. Lijing L. Yan and Dr. Dinesh Neupane from the NCD research group of the Global Health Research Center , Duke Kunshan University are part of the GBD research network. Recently, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed to invest $279 million in IHME to expand its work over the next decade.

He attended the GBD training, plenary and panel sessions and a special keynote event addressed by Bill Gates, Co-Chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank. He also presented a poster entitled, “Cardiovascular disease burden in China, Vietnam and Nepal: Evidence from the GBD 2016” on 26th September. The event provided opportunities for in-depth exploration and hands-on learning from GBD experts. The event also created opportunities for networking and collaboration with the colleagues from around the world.