Field Trials in Developing Countries: Lessons from the PURE Study

The PURE study assesses environmental, societal, and biological influences on obesity and chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. This presentation will describe the setup and execution of this large and complex study; key findings to date; and the possibilities and pitfalls of field-based data collection in developing countries.

Dr. Rahman is Vice Chancellor at the Independent University of Bangladesh, in which capacity he is their chief executive, overseeing their Schools of Public Health, Life Sciences, and Engineering. Dr. Rahman is also a professor at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and a co-Investigator for the PURE study, with 150,000 enrolled participants across 17 countries. Dr. Rahman has collaborated with Dr. Omar Khan at Christiana Care on a variety of projects in global health education and scholarly activity since 2004.

The Innovative Discoveries Series, sponsored by the Delaware Clinical & Translational Science ACCEL program and the Christiana Care Value Institute, features informal presentations on topics relevant to current research and healthcare practice, led by knowledgeable and experienced presenters. There are offerings for researchers, healthcare providers, and community members of varying levels of experience.

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  • M. Omar Rahman, MD, MPH, D.Sc.