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Global Health Research Convening 2023

About the 2023 Convening

The 9th Annual Stanford Global Health Research Convening will be held in-person on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM PT at the Arrillaga Alumni Center on Stanford University campus. The Convening brings together students, faculty, staff, and researchers working in global and planetary health – from Stanford and beyond. This year’s theme will focus on pandemic prevention and preparedness research.

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Abstract Submissions

The Annual Global Health Research Convening fosters discussion among researchers across a variety of disciplines whose work impacts global health. We welcome participants to share their ideas and experience with global health research, and to explore new collaborations and opportunities for student engagement in global health. Prior convenings have attracted broad participation from physician scientists, engineers, economists, earth scientists ecologists, and mathematical modelers.

Abstract submission deadline (now extended!): November 27th at 5:00pm PT.

Please note that although the theme is pandemic prevention and preparedness, abstracts from all disciplines of global and planetary health research are welcomed.

If you have any questions, please contact Yosefa Gilon at

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Dr. Tara O'Toole

Keynote Presenter

Dr. Tara O'Toole

Keynote Presenter

Dr. Tara O’Toole joined In-Q-Tel (IQT) in 2014 as Executive Vice President, and became a Senior Fellow in 2021. IQT is a non-profit organization dedicated to using venture capital practices to discover, adapt, and accelerate innovative technologies for national security missions. Dr. O’Toole leads B.Next, a division of IQT Labs, which focuses on evaluating and investing in technologies to prevent and mitigate epidemic disease, and in biotechnologies relevant to national security. B.Next is dedicated to spurring a public/private ecosystem of multidisciplinary experts from academia, industry and government which addresses issues and opportunities arising from the intersection of the life sciences, biotechnology and national security.

From 2009-13, Dr. O’Toole served in the Obama Administration as Under Secretary for Science and Technology at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this role, she was responsible for scientific and technological research and development designed to improve homeland security and national resilience.

Prior to joining DHS, O’Toole was Professor of Medicine and Public Health and the CEO and Director of the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), The Center an independent organization dedicated to understanding natural and deliberate epidemics and to preventing and improving the country’s resilience to major biological threats. She was also a founder of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Defense Studies and served as the Center’s CEO and Director from 2001-2005. O’Toole is internationally known for her work on biosecurity. Her publications in the biodefense field address management of contagious disease epidemics; biodefense research and development strategies; hospital disaster preparedness, clinical management of biological weapons agents, and laboratory biosecurity. She is co-author of two major scenarios intended to raise leaders’ awareness of bioterror threats: Dark Winter and Atlantic Storm.

She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Prior Year Convening

The 8th Annual Stanford Global Health Research Convening was held April 18, 2022 at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center on Stanford Campus. The convening brought together more than 300 students, faculty and researchers working in global health.

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