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Yvonne Maddox, PhD, of the NIH, to deliver Elizabeth Blackwell Day lecture Feb. 12

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- Yvonne Maddox, Ph.D., who leads teams of international scientists to improve reproductive health and maternal and child health in both the United States and India, will deliver the Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell Day lecture Wednesday, Feb. 12
 at noon in the Medical Alumni Auditorium in Weiskotten Hall. A reception will follow at 1 p.m. in the atrium at the Setnor Academic Building. The lecture is free and open to the public and is part of Upstate’s celebration of Black History Month.

Maddox is deputy director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition, she directs the NICHD Safe to Sleep campaign to reduce sudden infant death syndrome and the NIH Down Syndrome Consortium. Maddox is a spokesperson for the NICHD in the area of health equity and leads several committees and working groups to advance medical research for affected communities to improve their health.

“Dr. Maddox is a champion of issues related to women and children,” said Upstate medical student Krista Tookhan, who served as a member of the Elizabeth Blackwell Day committee. “We are fortunate for her visit to our campus and for presenting at our annual Elizabeth Blackwell Day lecture.”

Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in the United States to receive a medical degree in 1849. She graduated from Geneva Medical College, an institution that has since become Upstate Medical University. Each year Upstate sets aside one day to honor Dr. Blackwell and provide an opportunity for reflection on her legacy and on women in medicine today.

For more information about the lecture, call 464-8668.