|Bentley named one of first Paul G. Rogers Society Ambassadors|
|October 27, 2006|
Dr. Margaret "Peggy" Bentley, UNC School of Public Health Associate Dean of Global Affairs and professor of nutrition, has been chosen to serve as an Ambassador in the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research at Research! America.
The Paul G. Rogers Society, named for the former Florida
Congressman, was established this year to increase awareness of - and make the
case for greater U.S.
investment in - research to fight diseases that disproportionately affect the
world's poorest nations. The society received a $1.2 million two-year grant in
July 2006 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as founding support.
In its inaugural year the society will have 25 ambassadors
who will agree to meet with opinion leaders and decision makers at the national
and/or local levels, make presentations to non-scientific audiences/groups and
write letters to the editor and opinion editorials about the need for global
Dr. Bentley is a medical anthropologist whose research
focuses on women and infant's nutrition, infant and young child feeding,
behavioral research on sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, and community-based
interventions for nutrition and health.
She has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research methods and the application of these for program development and evaluation. She currently is working on an HIV behavioral intervention prevention study in Chennai, India; on a community-based intervention to improve child growth and development in Andhra Pradesh, India; and on an intervention to decrease maternal-to-child transmission of HIV during breastfeeding in Malawi.
Dr. Bentley directs a five-year, longitudinal study to
examine risk factors for the development of pediatric obesity in North Carolina, and an
in-home evaluation of an intervention to promote the duration of breastfeeding.
She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Indo-U.S. Joint
Working Group on Maternal and Child Health. She also holds membership in the
American Institute of Nutrition, the American Anthropological Association, the
Society for Medical Anthropology, and the American Public Health Association.
She is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology.
For more information on Research! America and on the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research, see www.researchamerica.org.
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|Last updated October 27, 2006|