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Public-health campaigns in the developing world could be made more effective by merging areas such as economics and political science into public-health thinking, according to Richard Klausner, executive director of the global health programme at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Klausner, a former director of the US National Cancer Institute, has met with researchers across Europe and the United States, as part of his campaign to create a new field of 'global health sciences'.

Fostering connections between institutions in the developed and developing world would be a central part of this new discipline.

Link to Nature news story

Reference: Nature 420, 5 (2002)

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