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The World Bank, The Lancet, and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington will co-host an event to launch the 2015 Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD). Now in its 20th year, the new report for the first time benchmarks countries based on a combination of income, education, and fertility. This year’s study reveals several surprising trends in population health, strong performance by some countries, and persistent challenges in others.

Please join us on Friday, October 7, at 9:30 am ET in Washington, DC, at The George Washington University, Cloyd Heck Marvin Center, 800 21st Street NW, Grand Ballroom.

The event will include a summary of the GBD findings and discussions led by distinguished participants from across global development, scientific research, and policy arenas. Those confirmed include:

  • Deborah Birx, Ambassador-at-Large and United States Global AIDS Coordinator;
  • Timothy G. Evans, Senior Director of Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank Group;
  • Helene Gayle, CEO of the McKinsey Social Initiative;
  • Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet;
  • Sudha Jayaraman, Assistant Professor of Acute Care Surgical Services at Virginia Commonwealth University;
  • Christopher Murray, Director of IHME at the University of Washington; and
  • Charles Shey Wiysonge, Deputy Director of the Centre for Evidence-based Health Care at Stellenbosch University and Chief Specialist Scientist of the South African Medical Research Council.

Other speakers will be announced as they are confirmed.

Because space will be limited, RSVP on or before Wednesday, October 5, by emailing [email protected].

With more than 1,800 collaborators in nearly 130 countries, GBD measures not just how people die, but how people live in every country in the world. It is the largest and most comprehensive effort measuring epidemiological levels and trends worldwide.