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December 8, 2016

Symposium launches new Yale network focused on global chronic diseases

Non-communicable, chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes now account for more illness and death throughout the world than communicable diseases. This shift in the global disease burden spurred faculty from Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine to form the Yale Network for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NGN) in 2015. The goal of this group is to develop a transdisciplinary, collaborative, on-campus network focused on global non-communicable disease (NCD)-related scholarship, education, and advocacy.

Earlier this fall, Yale NGN organized an inaugural symposium entitled, “Fostering Cross-Campus Collaboration at Yale on the Global Non-Communicable Disease Crisis.” The symposium was funded by The Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund from the Yale MacMillan Center, and co-sponsored by the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI) and the Yale Institute for Network Science (YINS). It convened more than 80 faculty and students from across campus to galvanize action toward the WHO NCD Global Monitoring Framework — a global commitment to reach a 25% reduction in avoidable deaths due to NCDs by 2025.

The keynote speakers at the symposium were Ann Kurth, the Dean and Linda Koch Lorimer Professor of the Yale School of Nursing, and Dr. Venkat Narayan, the Ruth and O.C. Hubert Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology at Emory University. They discussed challenges and opportunities for global NCD work, pointing to specific strategies for successful collaboration. Together, they emphasized that academics working in silos are less likely to make an impact than those working in collaborative teams. Following the keynote speakers, the six founding members of Yale NGN gave a panel presentation introducing their diverse areas of academic focus and the overarching goals of the network.

The afternoon of the symposium was devoted to five round-table workshops. The primary objectives of the workshops were to identify and build collaborative research networks to advance education, research, and advocacy in five key topic areas. The topic areas were: ethical standards for academic global health efforts, mental health in the 21st century, maternal child health and NCDs, integrated health services delivery, and access to essential medicines. The workshops brought together diverse groups of faculty, trainees, students, and staff from across campus, placing lawyers and doctors, ethicists and sociologists side by side to tackle the issues together.    

Looking forward, NGN will continue to build upon the theme of innovative cross-campus collaboration by providing a platform for connecting individuals and groups across Yale who are interested or engaged in global NCD research, education, and advocacy. For more information, please email

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Human Longevity, Inc

A team from Human Longevity Inc.(HLI) is visiting the Human Nature Lab and the Yale Institute for Network Science to discuss potential projects for collaboration in the areas of genomics, oncology, pediatrics, microbiome and data analytics. Yale University and HLI are discussing an umbrella collaboration agreement to enable both institutions to work together on multiple projects. We hope you can attend the HLI seminar. 

YINS Journal Club

This is an interdisciplinary lunch seminar designed for grad students, postdocs, faculty and research staff working on network science topics across the fields of EE, CS, Applied Math, Physics, Sociology, Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, EEB, MCDB and MB&B.

Amin Karbasi
October 27, 2016

Amin Karbasi receives DARPA Young Faculty Award for Efficient Learning of Human Intent from Observations

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected Yale Institute for Network Science (YINS) Assistant Professor Amin Karbasi as a recipient of the DARPA Young Faculty Award.

The objective of the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program is to identify and engage rising research stars in junior faculty positions at U.S. academic institutions and introduce them to Department of Defense needs as well as DARPA’s program development process.

Professor Karbasi’s topic, “System and Method to Decode Human Intent” is titled, “Efficient Learning of Human Intent from Observations”.

The YFA program provides funding, mentoring and industry and DoD contacts to awardees early in their careers so they may develop their research ideas in the context of DoD needs. The program focuses on untenured faculty, emphasizing those without prior DARPA funding. The long-term goal of the YFA program is to develop the next generation of academic scientists, engineers and mathematicians in key disciplines who will focus a significant portion of their careers on DoD and national security issues.



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