Global Health Threats:
A Ticking Clock

Friday | March 19th 2021

While Humanity focuses on creating the most brilliant scientific innovations, we still face multiple health challenges, most of which inflicted by us. To address these challenges, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the top 10 global health threats in 2019. This list included: the health impacts of climate change, the spread of infectious disease, the lack of accessibility to healthcare and others. All of this  has led to millions of deaths and lives threatened. With this module, we aim to address these threats in the hope of contributing to solving these concerning issues.

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Amani Ballour, MD

Pediatrician, Activist, Raoul Wallenberg prize 2020 winner

Amani Ballour one of the most recognized activists against the Syrian Civil War that started in 2011, and 9 nine years later is still ongoing. One of the most tragic wars of the 21st century that lead to thousands of deaths and millions of refugees. In a midst of this tragedy, and before completing her graduation she started help causalities from this war. After the bombing of a rebel hospital that Dr. Amani and her colleagues worked, they created and underground hospital, also known as the cave. She was one of the directors on this hospital and help to save numerous innocent lives. This hospital was captured and Dr. Amani was forced to escape to Turkey, since then she has keep talking about the atrocities committed in this war and tell her story in a Oscar nominee documentary called The Cave. Join us at 19th March to learn more about Dr. Amani’s history and how can doctors act professionally and politically to save countless lives.


Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH

Professor & John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Director of the Global Health Institute.

Director of the Global Health Institute, Professor and the John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jonathan Patz is a current Professor and John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also directs the Global Health Institute. With an extensive career in the medical, research and academic fields, he is one of the world’s lead experts in Global Health and Environmental Health, continually striving to divulge his research to his students, policy makers and the general public. His research and interests include climate change, infectious diseases, urban air pollution and public health, having written over 90 peer­‐reviewed scientific papers and co-edited books on these subjects, and having received multiple awards for his work. For 15 years, Patz was a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), leading to him being a co-laureate of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Professor Patz has occupied both national and international organizational positions, having served as Founding President of the International Association for Ecology and Health, briefed both houses of Congress, served on several scientific committees of the National Academy of Sciences and also co-chaired the health expert panel of the U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change. Being one of the biggest issues of this century, Climate Change will bring new and challenging problems for our health. Join us on March 19th at the AIMS Meeting 2021 to discuss these urgent challenges with one of the world’s most renowned name of the field.


Jerome Kim, MD

Director General of the IVI, Adjunct Professor at Yonsei University, Adjunct Professor at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Director General of the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), a nonprofit international organization that focuses on the discovery, development, and delivery of safe, effective, and affordable vaccines all over the world. With vast experience in clinical and medical investigation, he led the first trial that demonstrated that an HIV vaccine could be used to protect against HIV infection and authored more than 250 publications. Due to these achievements, Prof. Kim received the John Maher Award for Research Excellence from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is an Adjunct Professor at Yonsei University in South Korea and an Adjunct Professor at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Prof. Kim is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
When vaccines represent our only hope to stop the COVID-19 pandemic major challenges emerge such as vaccine hesitancy, vaccine nationalism, and the inability to provide global coverage, due to the lack of financial means. Join us on March 19th at the AIMS Meeting 2021 to discuss how vaccine hesitancy is threatening our global health with one of the world’s most renowned names in the field.



Joana Lobo Antunes, PhD

Head of Communication at Instituto Superior Técnico, Science Communicator, Coordinator of science radio show 90 Segundos de Ciência

Prof. Joana Lobo Antunes is both a Science Communicator and a Science Communication Expert. With a background as a researcher and a PhD in Organic Chemistry, Prof. Joana has dedicated much of her life to perfecting and teaching the art of Science Communication. Founder of many projects in this field, including a radio show, more recently Prof. Joana is now Head of Communication at Instituto Superior Técnico, one of the most highly regarded Engineering Schools in Portugal. In this edition of the AIMS Meeting, she will be moderating the roundtable discussion of the Global Health Threats: A Ticking Clock module.

Scientific Committee

Ricardo Mexia, MD
Fernando Nobre, MD
Ricardo Baptista Leite, MD

Public Health Doctor at National Health Institute Dr. Ricardo Jorge, President of ANMSP, Guest-Assistant at Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa and at Universidade do Algarve.

Founder and President of AMI, Invited Full Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon

University Professor, Member of the Portuguese National Parliament