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SCID Director Grant Miller has been named to the global advisory board of a new institute of public health to be established in the Indian state of West Bengal. The institute is to be part of an all-India medical sciences campus planned for the city of Kalyani. The state government hopes to develop the institute into a world-class center to carry out education, research, and policy work in the public health field, according to Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal’s chief minister.
"It's extremely flattering to be asked to join this board - it's members are people whom I admire greatly. What's most exciting is the creation of a new school of public health aiming to create the types of public health professional badly needed - ones with excellent academic training, but importantly, who also have deep knowledge of the practical, on-the-ground realities they must confront."
The institute will offer a broad-based, multidisciplinary post-graduate program in public health, and a range of specialized programs in areas such as population studies and health information systems. The institute’s policy work will focus on the public health needs of West Bengal, a state with a population of more than 90 million stretching from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal.
In addition to Miller, the advisory board includes Harvard University economist Amartya Sen; M.I.T. economist Abhijit Banerjee; Sir Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London; Lincoln C. Chen, President of the China Medical Board in New York; K. Srinath Reddy, President of the Public Health Foundation of India; and K. Sujatha Rao, former Indian Secretary of Health and Family Welfare.