Meet Elizabeth Macintyre, President-Elect and Board Member of the Biomedical Alliance in Europe, President of the European Hematology Association (EHA) and Member of the Virchow Foundation for Global Health Council
In 1980, Elizabeth Macintyre graduated in Medicine from the Newcastle-Upon-Tyne University in the United Kingdom, where she also trained in internal medicine. She then specialised in clinical/laboratory haematology at University College London, obtained her PhD at St. Louis Hospital in Paris, France and completed her postdoctoral period at Harvard University. Since 1992, she has been a professor in Diagnostic Haematology at the Université Paris Cité and Necker-Enfants-Malades Hospital, where she also co-directs an INSERM/CNRS research team on normal and pathological lymphoid development at the Institut Necker-Enfants-Malades (INEM). Professor Macintyre currently serves as President of the European Hematology Association (EHA) and is President-Elect of the Biomedical Alliance in Europe.
Read more on why she joined the Virchow Foundation for Global Health Council and what she hopes to achieve in her new role.
From your perspective, why is engagement and awareness raising for global health important?
“Health is not everything, but without health, everything is nothing.” As a (medical) health care professional, I would like to see greater emphasis on our teaching in medical schools and during post-graduate training on health rather than disease-oriented care.
How are you committed to engaging in global health topics within your current professional role and activities?
By creating a global health initiative in our new Université Paris Cité (born of the fusion of Paris Descartes, Paris Diderot and Institut Physique du Globe et de la Planète and now closely allied to Institute Pasteur), in conjunction with our Circle U. European University Alliance, we are developing an emphasis on prevention. Within the Biomedical Alliance in Europe, we plan to increase awareness of global and one health issues in our over 35 member societies.
How do you hope to achieve greater awareness and engagement for global health in your new role at the Virchow Foundation for Global Health? How can the Virchow Prize for Global Health help to increase awareness?
This is a European structure, born as we benefit from the dynamics set-off by the pandemic, with the wide-spread desire to create a European Health space. Now is the time to get this right. The potential of the Virchow Prize for Global Health to show the world that Europe thinks globally and can act collectively is enormous.
Meet the Members of the Virchow Foundation for Global Health Council: www.virchowprize.org/council/