Rebecca Richards-Kortum to speak on preventing newborn deaths in Africa

Rebecca Richards-Kortum

Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor of Bioengineering at Rice University, will deliver the 2018 University-Wide Mrs. Hepsa Ely Silliman Memorial Lecture.

Her lecture, “Essential Solutions and Technologies to Eliminate Preventable Newborn Death in Africa,” will take place at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27 in the auditorium of the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St. It is free and open to the university community and is hosted by the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Richards-Kortum’s work focuses on the development of low-cost, high-performance technologies for remote and low-resource settings. She strives to provide vulnerable populations with access to life-saving health care technologies that address diseases and conditions that cause high morbidity and mortality, including cervical and oral cancer, sickle cell disease and malaria, and premature birth. She is currently leading an international team of collaborators developing and implementing “Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies,” or NEST 360°, which is an integrated group of 17 life-saving neonatal technologies that could prevent half of the newborn deaths in Africa. The MacArthur Foundation selected the project last year as a finalist for its $100 million 100&Change grant competition, an initiative designed to end preventable newborn deaths in Africa within 10 years. Fortune Magazine named her on its list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.