Looking into the Future
Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D.
Cutting across Fields of Training
Open SourceCollecting data is only the first step to wisdomSharing data is building community ( IBM Commercial)
Cutting across Fields of TrainingEpidemiologyGeneticsBreaking DownInformation Walls Computer Science
How can scientists of different disciplines but common interests, meet each other and form a long-term relationship?
Epidemiologist + Wildlife biologistEpidemiologist + PhysicistMathematician + Epidemiologist
Einstein FriendsterThe new way to meet scientists from other areas
Einstein Friendster is an online scientific community that connects people through scientific networks of friends or making new scientific friends.
You can use Einstein Friendster to: Meet new scientists to discuss research through your scientists friends Make new Scientific contacts Help your colleagues meet new scientists
Create your own personal and private scientific community, where you can interact with scientists who are connected to you through scientific networks. Its easy and fun.Come find scientists with common interests but different fields.
Eric Noji, M.D.Bam Earthquake in Iran
JIT Network, JIT Knowledge JIT Lecture KansasEmail Contact with all Schools in Kansas
Networking all Schools in US
Golden Lecture of PreventionBuilding a Global Prevention Network to Share Knowledge and Wisdom
Spanish Russian Italian Japanese Chinese Korean Arabic Portuguese Romanian Croatian Macedonian Indonesian Marathi Georgian English
September 19, 2003 Hippocrates DayHygeia In Greek mythology The goddessof health. Hygiene The science that deals with the preservation & promotion of health.
ResultsTeaching Prevention in 140 Countries
Teaching ~300,000 students
Physical Activity & HealthThis lecture has been dedicated to Olympics games in Athens, GreeceAug 13-29, 204By Supercourse Team
Supercourse: www.pitt.edu/~super1/Prepared by Dr. Soni Dodani
Dear Dr. LaPorte, Thank you for your letter below and your offer to share your lectures with the Olympic Council of Malaysia. We are indeed most grateful to accept your very generous and kind offer, which we are sure will benefit all Malaysians, not only our elite athletes. I have gone through the lecture and am very impressed.Kind regards,Sieh Kok ChiHon. SecretaryOlympic Council of Malaysia
Reach 90% of the worlds countries (172) with a single lecture
Teach a million about Physical Activity and Health
Dr.Marcio Ulises Estrada PanequePotentially 1,000,000 students educated by the Olympic Supercourse lecture by July 1, 2004 in Cuba alone
75 million hits/year125 publications (including BMJ, Lancet, Nature, Nature Med)Top 100PC Magazine
Where will the Supercourse be in 2010?We see the Supercourse partnering with the exciting new Roadmap inititive.One are is creative building of new research teams in the future.The problem with science today is that it is stove piped, where those in epidemiology only talking with those in epidemiology. However, the friction, and action are an the borders, opening up interdisciplinary training. There needs to be a shift to the right.This can be accomplished by using an Open Source model.Open source will shrink the information walls, and aid in cutting across the fields of training.One out of the box idea we are developing is the concept that trying to find other scientists with common interesting, but in other disciplines is something akin to dating. With dating we try to find someone who has common interests, but who is of the opposite sex .On the web are numerous dating sites. The hottest of which is friendster.Perhaps an Einstein friendster will allow us to rapidly find individuals world wide of common interest but different areas.With PowerPoint and the web, we can create just in time lectures. These are lectures that our put onto the web based upon the interest of the country or world at the time.On Sept. 11 the Twin Towers received a body blow by a terrorist. Please close your eyes and think about what you felt. Where were you? What type of emotions swept over you? We wanted to do something, but could not, we were frozen, afraid, and did not know what to talk about.Shortly after Sept. 11, a 16 year old flew into a bank in Tampa. We decided that we could reduce fear by including a lecture on airline safety.We published the first JIT lecture on SARS, and published this in the Lancet. We also followed this up with a lecture on Monkey Pox.In Dec. 2003 Iran was rocked by a huge early quake. We got one of the words leaders, Eric Noji to produce a lecture on the Bam Earthquake.The past few months we targeted Twisters in Kansas. We collected all the email addresses for the schools and completely a lecture on tornados so students could understand the science of tornados. We distributed the lecture to over 500 schools. Teachers were very pleased to receive the lectures.For a small amount of money we can obtain the email addresses for all the schools in the US. With this we can target tornado alley, earthquake, SARS or any disaster we want. In the next year the school based network will be very effective for disaster mitigation.Can we distribute one lecture world wide?An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure Henry De Bracton, 1240
The value of primary prevention was known to mankind for many centuries. Unfortunately, even today its benefits are not always recognized due to preoccupation with high tech modern medicine. We, at the Supercourse project (www.pitt.edu/~super1), decided to the importance of prevention with the development of the Golden Lecture of Prevention. Supercourse, funded by the National Library of Medicine, NIH, is an Internet based library of lectures on prevention and public health, shared for free by 10,000 members from 151 countries in the Global Health Network. We have developed a Golden Lecture of Prevention to illustrate and commemorate the role of prevention in continuing to make our planet healthier.
The golden lecture has been translated into 15 different languages.Short Biography of HippocratesHippocrates, (460-377? BC), an extraordinary medical writer of Greece. Little is known of his life beyond the fact that he was a physician on the island of Cos, that he belonged to the most intellectual period of Grecian life, and that Hippocrates was singularly free from superstition. Over eighty treatises have been attributed to him, but it now is conceded that some were written by others who borrowed his name and reputation. His works taken together form ten volumes, an encyclopedia of medicine and surgery as known in his day. Hippocrates has been called the father of scientific medicine. He did not believe in miraculous diseases or cures. He taught that proper diet is a necessity of health, and that climate has a profound influence on both mind and body. He died in Thessaly at an advanced age. http://www.sacklunch.net/biography/H/Hippocrates.htmlSept. 19th is celebrated as Hippocrates day in Greece. We suggest that Hippocrates day be celebrated world wide for the celebration of prevention, a World Prevention Day where we can work together to prevent disease. For additional information on Hippocrates, visit http://www.allsands.com/Science/hippocratesbiog_rtb_gn.htm
This slide was created by Global Health Network Supercourse teamAll public health and medical instructors are encouraged to read/use this lecture for teaching. It was amazing in that we reached 75% of the world, and over 300,000 students. Most certainly this single lecture taught more students than any lecture ever created.We decided that the Olympics provides a unique opportunity to bring prevention to an even greater number of students across the world.This lecture proposes to integrate the Olympic ideas plus our knowledge of the science of physical activity and health. The Olympics have a unique pull to bring thousands of schools into prevention.Hiking/skiing is also included in Outdoor activities
There is an enormous interest. In just 2 weeks Malaysia, Ireland, Jordan, Kiribati, Iran, Russia, Pakistan have indicated they want to join.The potential numbers are staggering. We potentially can reach 90% of the countries of the world with a single prevention lecture. We want to teach at least a million students about physical activity and health.Dr. Marcio Ulises Estrada Paneque from Cuba shows the power of our approach. Potentially in Cuba we will have over 1000000 students learning from the lecture. Thus in only one country, we may reach a million. This approach may be extremely powerful for prevention.Our work has received numerous accolades, including identified as one of the top health web pages by the Lancet, 75 million hits a year, and being in the top 100 of PC magazine.Telepreventive medicine may be a footstep that will lead to continued improved health in the world.