Dr. Barry Beaty, a Colorado State University Distinguished Professor and infectious disease expert, has been selected to join a group of 25 experts who will advocate for greater U.S. investment in global health research. These experts join 50 of their peers in Research!America's Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research in a united effort to build a national conversation around the value and importance of U.S.-funded global heath research.
The group of experts was selected by an advisory council comprised of renowned leaders in science, public policy and communications, including four Nobel Laureates. Together they will meet with their policymakers to make the case for increased U.S. investment in global health research through the examples of their own research.
Dr. Beaty is a Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences' Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology. He also is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. His work on diseases spread by insects, such as malaria and dengue fever, West Nile fever and yellow fever, is important for the health, security and quality of life for people around the world.
Dr. Beaty was a faculty member in the Yale Arbovirus Research Unit at Yale University before joining Colorado State in 1982. He is known internationally for his research and leadership in infectious diseases. Work to control these important diseases has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, the MacArthur Foundation, the Gates Foundation and other agencies.
He is founder and former director of the University's Arthropod-borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory, former director of the Rocky Mountain Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases, former director of the Infectious Disease Supercluster, and chief scientific officer of MicroRx, the business arm of the Infectious Disease Supercluster. He is a member of the executive committee of the Innovative Vector Control Consortium, which is devoted to development of new, environmentally safe and sustainable pesticides for control of vectors of diseases; and development of new tools and approaches to control programs for malaria, dengue and other vector-borne diseases.
The Rogers Society is named for the Honorable Paul G. Rogers (1921-2008), a former Florida Congressman and a renowned champion for health research. The Society was established in 2006 by Research!America with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.