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IGH Seminar Series with Patti Gravitt, PhD, MS, Deputy Director, Center for Global Health National Cancer Institute

When: Wednesday, April 3, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CT

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Meg Kennedy   (312) 503-9000

Group: Havey Institute for Global Health

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings, Global & Civic Engagement


Please join the Robert J. Havey, MD, Institute for Global Health for our IGH Seminar Series! The IGH Seminar Series is held monthly, September through July, and features the research and ideas of outstanding global health leaders at Feinberg, the larger Northwestern community, and beyond.

Our speaker for April is:
Patti Gravitt, PhD, MS  
Deputy Director, Center for Global Health  
National Cancer Institute  

Date: Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024
Time: 1:00p.m. - 2:00p.m.
Where: In-person (Chicago campus location TBD)



About the speaker: 

Dr. Gravitt is a molecular epidemiologist whose research in human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer spans the translational spectrum from the natural history of genital infection across the lifespan to the translation of evidence-based prevention tools to low- and middle-income countries. Her efforts have contributed significantly to the evidence base regarding the efficacy of alternative cervical cancer screening strategies, being among the first to show an increase in screening coverage afforded by self-collected sampling and HPV testing and the relatively poor performance of visual inspection methods where intensive international technical assistance and training are not available.

As an extramural researcher, Dr. Gravitt’s National Institutes of Health–funded research included the study of cervical cancer prevention in Peru’s Loreto region in the Amazon rainforest. In addition, the study identified approaches to engage health providers and the community in education, screening, and treatment. Most recently, Dr. Gravitt led a team of interdisciplinary scientists and screening implementers to use a systems-thinking approach to the design, implementation, and evaluation of World Health Organization–recommended, HPV-based screening algorithms. Through this work, she led the development of the Integrated Systems Praxis for Implementation Research (INSPIRE) methodology, which leverages systems thinking and participatory action research for shared decision-making and context adaptation of cancer control programs.


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