Keith Klugman, director of pneumonia, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Keith Klugman, director of pneumonia, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Keith Klugman, MBBCH, Ph.D., director of pneumonia, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will give the Dean’s Lecture, Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Speaking on “Vaccination to Save Lives from Pneumonia and Neonatal Sepsis,” the lecture will be held at 4 p.m. in MSB 3.001.

Klugman leads the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s work to improve the development and delivery of pneumonia vaccines and expand the use of antibiotic treatments and diagnostic tools.

A leading expert on combating pneumonia and related threats of antibiotic resistance, he helped develop the pneumococcal vaccine that is now part of the immunization regimen for children born in the United States and is being rolled out globally.

Although child deaths declined from 12.6 million to 6.6 million over the last two decades, pneumonia remains the world’s leading cause of death among children under age 5. Despite available interventions, pneumonia claimed the lives of 1.3 million children in 2011 and was responsible for 18 percent of child deaths worldwide – nearly all of them in developing countries, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Klugman is the Emeritus William H. Foege Chair of Global Health at the Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory University and serves as Honorary Professor in the Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

He chaired and served on numerous expert committees for the World Health Organization (WHO), the Wellcome Trust, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He has published more than 500 scientific papers, which have been cited more than 25,000 times to date and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.