Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving.  Hope today is restful and you can stay off the computer together with your family. That’s my main goal for the day. Here’s a very nice Thanksgiving article in the Boston Globe. We should all reflect on what we are grateful for and how we want to do a better job next year showing our gratitude to our loved ones.

A few updates:

  • Getting ready for The Union Conference in Cape Town. I leave Saturday. We will be there for a week and then going up to Johannesburg for two days.
  • I had terrific phone calls today with Arne and Dalene von Delft from TB Proof and David Bryden from Results. Follow them on Twitter and please read these 4 articles if you are interested:
  • I fully support these efforts to diagnose and treat TB. However, I am not sure that will get the job done. The barriers we face in TB control are immense. We need a major focus on funding a TB vaccine. I plan to try to learn more about the scientific barriers to a TB vaccine while I am in Cape Town.
  • New York City is recruiting for a health economist for the Division of Disease Control. Sounds like an amazing job. Want to learn more about the NYC health department? Follow Mary Bassett and Jay Varma on twitter.
  • I spent an hour speaking with Alex Tsai, a native of Lafayette, Louisiana. Alex got his undergraduate degree at Harvard, MD/PhD at Case Western, and did a psychiatry residency at UCSF. He’s been publishing many papers on HIV, depression, stigma, and related areas. One useful piece of advice was to learn STATA well so I can do my own analyses quickly. It makes the paper-writing process much faster.
  • Stop the xenophobia, says Rep Keith Ellison.

Thanks so much for visiting my website! Writing and reading blog posts does take time and we all know that time is in short supply. You and I will both get much more out of this blog if it leads to dialogue. If you found my post useful and wouldn’t mind leaving a brief comment or sharing on social media, I would be grateful. Or if you’re shy about Tweeting but are willing to email me a comment that I can post anonymously or send an anonymous Surveymonkey, that would be great. My posts are generally written quickly, so if you find any factual or grammatical errors, please do let me know. Best regards, Philip Lederer


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