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Brian W. Simpson

Editor-in-chief
Brian W. Simpson is editor-in-chief of GHN and editor of the award-winning Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has written stories on everything from the development of the polio vaccine and the influence of Islam on public health, to the malaria parasite’s lifecycle. He has published articles from India, Nepal, Cuba, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria and other countries. Brian earned a Master of Arts from the Writing Seminars at the Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Bloomberg School. Simpson also teaches science writing at Johns Hopkins University.

A pathbreaker in global health and a former CDC director, Bill Foege has some startling advice for young people interested in global health: Don’t have a life plan. “Life plans are an illusion,” he…

Rita Thapa was in the room when it happened. September 12, 1978 in Alma-Ata. 

MONTRÉAL, Quebec— Courtney Howard had to act. As an emergency department physician in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Howard, MD, sees climate change behind the warming of the subarctic…

Governments around the world will not reach the Sustainable Development Goal of sharply reducing premature deaths unless “urgent action” is taken, according to a WHO report published today in The…

GENEVA – Kwanele Asante speaks her mind. And what’s on her mind at this year’s World Health Assembly is real action on noncommunicable diseases.

GENEVA – BA and AA. A bright line clearly divided 2 sections at a World Health Assembly side event on universal health coverage Thursday at the Swiss Press Club. It demarcated “Before Azar” and “…

GENEVA – The World Health Assembly can be crowded, exhausting and chaotic yet Loyce Pace keeps coming back. This is her 11th WHA. The reason? For all its flaws, it’s still the people getting together…

GENEVA – What if you there were a single number assigned to each country that would provide a snapshot of its readiness for disease outbreaks? You would have a quick take on where countries stand—…

GENEVA – Is there anything less appetizing than “industrial trans fats”? Likely not, but partially hydrogenated oils have been in the food supply since the early 20th century. Manufacturers use them…

GENEVA – Rwandan Sen. Richard Sezibera spelled out the challenge this way: Ebola in 2014. Zika in 2016. Plague in 2017. Ebola again in 2018. “Microbes have always been on the warpath, and they are…