MADAGASCAR: A Crucible for Science, Health and the Environment

February 8, 2017 | Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall

A Stanford Global Health Research Symposium


A one-day Stanford Global Health research symposium centered around Madagascar, home to thousands of plants and animal species found nowhere else in the world.

Find out why Madagascar is a nexus for research on interconnected questions of disease ecology, health and the environment and the many ways Stanford researchers are partnering to improve health. Topics include: health systems building, innovations for global health, mouse lemur genomics, diseases of poverty and more.

Plus, BEATBOX LEMUR MUSIC by DJ and National Geographic Explorer fellow Ben Mirin! 

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Register online by February 7, 2017.


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*Please see full program for speaker details.

8:15 – 9:00 am                    Breakfast & Registration


9:00 – 9:10 am                    Welcome Remarks

  • Michele Barry, Senior Associate Dean of Global Health; Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health          
  • Chris Field, Director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment                  


9:10 - 10:10 am                   Session I: The Crucible
The opportunity in Madagascar: natural history; agenda for science, human health and environment, featuring Centre ValBio and PIVOT

  • Speakers: Mark Krasnow, Robert Siegel, Pat Wright, Matt Bonds
  • Moderator: Kathy Burke


10:10 – 10:20 am                   Coffee Break featuring music sample by DJ Ecotone


10:20 – 11:30 am                   Session II: Disease Ecology, Health and the Environment
Stanford’s agenda for Planetary Health; opportunities for ecological solutions and frugal science.

  • Speakers: Steve Luby, Tom Gillespie, Giulio De Leo, Manu Prakash
  • Moderator: Sanna Sokolow


11:30 – 12:00 pm                    Breakout Round 1
Breakout sessions to discuss ongoing and potential activities in Madagascar.


12:00 – 1:00 pm                       Lunch


1:00 - 2:00 pm                          Session III: Innovating from the Lab to the Field
From basic science to clinical interventions, new findings and technologies with the potential for affecting change in Madagascar and beyond.

  • Speakers: Paul Wise, Mark Krasnow, Greg Lanzaro, Purvesh Khatri and Jeff Freeman
  • Moderator: Manu Prakash


2:00 – 3:00 pm                          Breakout Round 2
Breakout sessions to discuss ongoing and potential activities in Madagascar.


2:30 – 2:40 pm                           Break


2:40 - 3:35 pm                          Session IV: Challenges and Opportunities for Implementation and Policy Research
Transferable lessons in conservation, healthcare delivery and research from Borneo and Rwanda.

  • Speakers: Michael Rich and Kinari Webb
  • Moderator: James Holland Jones


3:35 - 4:15 pm                          Session V: Making it Real
How to maximize impact in science, health and the environment? What are the roles of partners in the academy, government, non-government and private sector? 

  • Speakers: Benjamin Andriamihaja, Matt Bonds, Jim Herrnstein, Pat Wright
  • Moderator: Mark Krasnow


4:15 - 5:15 pm                          Concert: Sounds of Madagascar by DJ Ecotone

Special guest, lemur expert Pat Wright

Low-cost technology innovations from Manu Prakash