An internationally recognized expert on global health and emerging infectious diseases, Rimoin has served as associate director for the center since 2014. Rimoin has conducted research in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the past 16 years and her work has yielded several findings, including the emergence of monkeypox since the cessation of smallpox vaccination and the identification of new pathogens in animals and humans. In 2004, when Rimoin joined UCLA, she founded the UCLA-DRC Health Research and Training Program. The program provides training opportunities for U.S. and Congolese epidemiologists to conduct infectious disease research in low-resource, logistically complex settings.
“We are delighted to have Anne Rimoin bring her extensive experience in global disease surveillance and capacity building to the center,” said Yifang Zhu, acting dean of the Fielding School.
The Center for Global and Immigrant Health, which was established in 2008, includes faculty who work with immigrant communities in California and faculty who have research collaborations in more than 50 countries throughout the world. The center offers a certificate in global health to students in any of UCLA's graduate and professional schools, which gives them the opportunity to acquire international fieldwork experience.
Read more on the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health website.