IHME presenter

Dr. Christopher J.L. Murray, Institute Director

Dr. Murray presented “Advancing the field of health systems research: issues, challenges and opportunities,” at the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research: Science to Accelerate Universal Health Coverage, hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners. Dr. Murray participated in the plenary session "Strengthening HSR Methods and Measures" on November 18, 2010.

To understand how societies are making progress toward addressing their most pressing health challenges, researchers and policymakers need to understand the current state of population health, the trends over time, and the significant barriers to future improvement. Dr. Murray provided a broad view of health systems research and highlighted some of the specific areas where researchers can make a difference. He also suggested some innovative approaches to overcoming challenges in health measurement and highlighted some of the ways IHME has successfully used these approaches to evaluate health systems in the developing world.

If you were unable to attend the conference, video from the plenary sessions is now available on the First Global Symposium website.

About the symposium

The symposium gathered researchers, policymakers, funders, and other stakeholders in order to share evidence, identify significant knowledge gaps, and set a research agenda that reflects the needs of low- and middle-income countries. For more information about the plenary sessions, please visit the symposium website.