Introductory Seminar 2007

On Saturday, October 13, 2007, UBC-UAEM held our second annual Introductory Seminar: a series of talks designed to bring interested students up to speed on some key issues affecting access to medical treatment, what we as university students can do, and our group’s goals for the year.

We were really happy with the turnout of about 20 enthusiastic and inquisitive students from a wide range of disciplines, many of whom have since become active members of the group. But we thought it would be a shame to keep this great educational event limited to one day, so we have posted here all the materials from the event. We hope you will find these materials useful, either for your own education or for putting together a similar event at your own UAEM chapter. We’re looking into adding audio or even video recordings of the presentations as well, so stay tuned!


9:30-10:00 Reception

10:00-11:45 Presentations

1. The Global Disease Burden and the Access Gap
presented by Rebecca Goulding

2. Neglected Diseases and the Research Gap
presented by Andrew Gray

3. Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines (see also supplementary notes)
presented by Leigh Beamish

11:45-12:00 Break and refreshments

12:00-1:15 Presentations

4. The Role of Universities
presented by Emma Preston

5. Metrics
presented by Mike Gretes

6. UBC-UAEM History and Goals
presented by Patricia Kretz

1:15-2:00 Small group discussions

Groups focused on each of our chapter’s current projects: ND, Metrics, Education and Media. Unfortunately, that part of the seminar is pretty hard to reproduce online, but if you have any comments or questions we’d love to hear from you! Contact us at


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