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Ninth Annual Global Problems, Global Solutions Conference
Awareness to Action: Combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other Diseases


Keynote Speaker
Robert C. Gallo, MD
Co-Discoverer of HIV Causing AIDS
Director and Professor of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Co-Founder and Scientific Director of Global Virus Network

Duquesne Club
325 6th Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 
March 28, 2014 • 6pm

The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) was founded and is directed by
Robert C. Gallo, MD
, the eminent scientist who became world famous in 1984 when he co-discovered HIV as the cause of AIDS.  Little was known then of the mysterious disease that was fast becoming the deadliest in medical history.  Since, Dr. Gallo has spent much of his career trying to put an end to this raging epidemic and other viral, chronic illnesses.

Though best known for his co-discovery of HIV, Gallo and his team pioneered the development of the HIV blood test, which enabled health care workers for the first time to screen for the AIDS virus - leading to a more rapid diagnosis while simultaneously protecting patients receiving blood transfusions. His research also helped physicians develop HIV therapies to prolong the lives of those infected with the virus. In 1996, his discovery that a natural compound known as chemokines can block HIV and halt the progression of AIDS was hailed by Sciencemagazine as one of that year's most important scientific breakthroughs.

Prior to the AIDS epidemic, Gallo was the first to identify a human retrovirus and the only known human leukemia virus - HTLV - one of few known viruses shown to cause a human cancer. In 1976, he and his colleagues discovered Interleukin-2, a growth regulating substance now used as therapy in some cancers and sometimes AIDS. And in 1986, he and his group discovered the first new human herpes virus in more than 25 years (HHV-6), which was later shown to cause an infantile disease known as Roseola and currently is hypothesized as a strong suspect in the origin of multiple sclerosis.

Today, Dr. Gallo's work continues at the IHV, a first-of-its-kind virology center that combines the disciplines of research, patient care and prevention programs in a concerted effort to speed the pace of medical breakthroughs. The Institute is a part of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and affiliated with the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Additionally, in 2011 Dr. Gallo co-founded the Global Virus Network (GVN) to position the world to rapidly respond to new or re-emerging viruses that threaten mankind, to bring together and achieve collaboration amongst the world’s leading virologists, and to support training of the next generation of medical virologists.
Prior to becoming director of the Institute in 1996, Dr. Gallo spent 30 years at the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute, where he was head of its Laboratory of Tumor Cell Biology.  A Connecticut native, his interest in science and medicine was first stirred by the loss of his 6-year-old sister to leukemia when he was just 12 years old. The physicians who cared for her made a lasting impression and Gallo would later make scientific research - and the opportunity to help put an end to deadly diseases - his life's work.
Lifetime achievements in Dr. Gallo's legendary career include discoveries that have led to both diagnostic and therapeutic advances in cancer, AIDS and other viral disorders while his vision remains unprecedented in the field of virology.

Dr. Gallo's research has brought him international recognition as well as election into the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. He has been awarded honors for his contribution to science from countries around the world and holds 31 honorary doctorates. Dr. Gallo was the most referenced scientist in the world in the 1980s and 1990s, during which he had the unique distinction of twice winning America's most prestigious scientific award - the Albert Lasker Award in Medicine - in 1982 and again in 1986. Dr. Gallo is the author of more than 1,200 scientific publications and the book "Virus Hunting - AIDS, Cancer & the Human Retrovirus: A Story of Scientific Discovery." 

Milennium Goals

Did You Know?

  • Every year, six million children die from malnutrition before their fifth birthday.
  • Every 3.6 seconds – about the time it'll take you to read this sentence – another person dies of starvation.
  • Five million people die from waterborne illnesses every year. Over 40 percent of the world's population does not have basic sanitation, and over one billion people still use unsafe sources of drinking water.
  • HIV/AIDS takes 6,000 lives and infects 8,200 people every day.
  • Every 30 seconds, an African child dies of malaria – accounting for the death of over one million children each year.
  • Sub-Saharan African women have a 1 in 16 chance of dying in childbirth, while North American women have a 1 in 3,700 risk.
  • More than 40 percent of African women do not have access to basic education – although it's proven that prenatal care, postnatal care and childbirth survival rates dramatically improve for girls who are educated for six years or more.
  • Educated women are more likely to vaccinate their children.
  • Every minute, a woman dies in pregnancy or childbirth.  This totals 1,400 pregnancy-related deaths per day and 529,000 per year.  About five women have already died as you read this.

To help combat these harsh facts of life, the United Nations has established the Millennium Development Goals to be met by 2015.

Millennium Development Goals

  1. Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger
  2. Achieve Universal Primary Education
  3. Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
  4. Reduce Child Mortality
  5. Improve Maternal Health
  6. Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases
  7. Ensure environmental sustainability
  8. Develop a global partnership for development.

Dedicated to promoting justice and peace in a constantly changing global society, La Roche College supports the United Nations in working to make these goals a reality – in Pittsburgh and throughout the global marketplace.

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Eighth Annual Global Problems, Global Solutions Conference: Friday, April 5, 2013

Video Coverage of Conference You Tube

Held at the Duquesne Club
325 6th Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Eighth Annual Global Problems, Global Solutions Conference
Friday, April 5, 2013

La Roche College will join with other sponsor organizations to host Global Problems, Global Solutions – a free, annual conference that promotes an awareness of important global issues. This year’s theme focuses on peace and justice, as related to all of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals.

gpgs-symbolTo that end, the Eighth Annual Global Problems, Global Solutions Conference, Peace & Justice, will feature a keynote address by former Senator and inaugural recipient of the La Roche College Peace Medal, George J. Mitchell, on Friday, April 5 and several opportunities to engage in Peace and Justice through various volunteer activities in and around the Pittsburgh area on Saturday, April 6.

"Our conference sponsors truly believe that we can affect change and combat the difficult challenges that exist now and threaten our future generations,” noted Paul Le Blanc, professor of History and one of the founding organizers of the Global Problems, Global Solutions event in 2004.  “We are proud to host this coming together of social organizations, educational institutions and concerned citizens.  Together, we must work to make more people aware of social injustices so they may be changed and, as a result, provide a brighter future for those who will be the leaders of tomorrow.” 


George J. Mitchell  

Keynote Speaker

George J. Mitchell has held a distinguished career in public service, previously working as U.S. Senator from 1980 to 1995 and as U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace from January 2009 to May 2011.

As U.S. Senator, he served on the finance, veterans affairs, and environment and public works committees. Successfully reauthorizing the Clean Air Act in 1990, Senator Mitchell established new controls on acid rain toxins. He also acted as principal author of the low-income housing tax credit program. 

During his term, Senator Mitchell helped to pass the following legislations:

  • The nation's first childcare bill
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act – a law that extends civil rights protections to the disabled
  • A higher education bill that expands opportunities for millions of Americans
  • The first national oil spill prevention and cleanup law

His efforts also led to the approval of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the creation of the World Trade Organization.

Senator Mitchell earned bipartisan respect during his tenure.  For six consecutive years, a bipartisan group of senior congressional aides voted him as the Senate’s “most respected member.”

In 1995, he served as special advisor to President William J. Clinton, and from 1996 to 2000, he served as the independent chairman of the Northern Ireland Peace Talks. Under his leadership, Northern Ireland’s political parties and the governments of Ireland and the United Kingdom agreed to the Good Friday Agreement, a historic accord that ended decades of conflict.

For his service in Northern Ireland, Senator Mitchell received the following awards and honors:

  • The Philadelphia Liberty Medal
  • The Truman Institute Peace Prize
  • The United Nations (UNESCO) Peace Prize
  • The Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest civilian honor given by the U.S. government

In 2000 and 2001, at the request of President Clinton, Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Chairman Yasser Arafat, Senator Mitchell served as chairman of an international fact-finding committee on violence in the Middle East. Many governments – including the Bush Administration and the European Union – endorsed the committee's recommendation, widely known as The Mitchell Report.

Aside from his role as U.S. Senator, he also worked as a director of several major companies: Federal Express, Xerox, Staples, Unilever and Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Senator Mitchell has also served on the boards of DLA Piper, The Walt Disney Company and the Boston Red Sox. For 10 years, he served as the chancellor of Queen’s University of Northern Ireland; president of the Economic Club of Washington; and chairman of the International Crisis Group.

Senator Mitchell holds an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.  He also served as an officer in the U.S. Army Counter-Intelligence Corps in Berlin, Germany from 1954 to 1956.

In 2008, TIME magazine named him one of the 100 most influential persons in the world.

He is the author of four books: 

  • Men of Zeal – a recount of the Iran-Contra investigation
  • World on Fire – an illustration of greenhouse effects and how to curb them
  • Not For America Alone: The Triumph of Democracy and The Fall of Communism
  • Making Peace – an account of his experience in Northern Ireland

Friday, April 5, 2013 - Opening Session

Duquesne Club
325 Sixth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA

5:15 - 6:00 P.M.

6:00 - 7:30 P.M.
General Session

Kenneth Service
Executive Director
Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE)

Sister Candace Introcaso, CDP, Ph.D.
President of La Roche College

Keynote Address
Senator George J. Mitchell

Question and Answer Period


Engaging for Peace and Justice   
Saturday, April 6, 2013

Our focus for this Saturday, April 6th is applying the principles of Peace and Justice to our everyday life.  What we do for others at home and abroad, contributes to building a better world, to creating equality and restoring dignity to many who have been oppressed and maybe even forgotten.  And so, we will spend a few hours today making a difference.  If you would like to volunteer a small part of your day to improve the lives of others you are invited to  directly contact one of the partners listed below and offer the first of your time to “make a difference” for others.

Available Volunteer Activities:

A Life of Peace and Justice

For Humanitarian Aid workers, engaging for peace and justice is the central mission of their lives. Come and learn what professional humanitarian aid workers do, why they choose this field, and what is involved in becoming an aid worker. As part of this full morning experiential workshop, you will learn about the many ways you can work to make the world better through humanitarian aid work, you will engage in an HA simulation exercise, do some competency assessment, and learn about different HA specializations. This workshop is offered through La Roche College’s exciting  new program in Global Development and Humanitarian Aid.

La Roche College
9000 Babcock Blvd,
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Time: 1:00-5:00 pm
Please RSVP:

Shared Border,
Shared Dreams

An exhibition and simulation about undocumented immigrants in the US.

The theme of this year's course, La Roche Experience: Regions of Conflict, was the U.S borders. Graphic design students were challenged to research, conceptualize, design and implement an experience inspired by this theme. For the 600 students enrolled in Regions of Conflict, design students created an experience that simulates the obstacles faced by undocumented immigrants in hopes to inform, raise awareness and ultimately evoke a sense of empathy that facilitates dialogue and personal reflection.

We invite you to spend a few moments walking in the shoes of an undocumented immigrant and discover that we share more than just a border.

Created by junior graphic design students in the Design for Social Impact course: Malia Ault, Jenna Breitbach-Eldredge, Nikki Johnson, Matt Puwalowski, Maria Vujevich, Evan Wallace and Katherine Wilson. Taught by Professors Beth Shirrell and Neha Agarwal.

La Roche College
John J. Wright Library
9000 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Time: 12 p.m.–6 p.m.

Brother’s Brother Foundation

Join others at the Brother’s Brother Center to prepare books and other educational materials that will be shipped to developing countries.  Through learning, the people using these tools which you will prepare will call have the opportunity to gain new and valuable insights into the world.  Knowledge is a key to development and a component of creating Peace and Justice on a global level.

Brother’s Brother Foundation
1200 Galveston Ave
Pittsburgh, Pa 15233 (on Pittsburgh’s Northside)
Parking is free and available

Time: 9am until noon.

Contact: If you are coming you may email at or call 412-321-3160

For More information on Brother’s Brother
Check with your volunteer organization to verify start times and locations!



Poverty & Hunger: Global Plagues - Held March 30 & 31, 2012

Poverty & Hunger: Global Plagues - Held March 30 & 31, 2012

The videos below cover the entire conference held this year. Conference on Video ~ Videos by BxVideo Solutions

Conference host La Roche College will join with other sponsor organizations to once again bring to the public this free conference that focuses on awareness of important global issues.  This year, our theme focuses on U.N. Millennium Goals as they address poverty and hunger. Yet our vision for a better world goes beyond the complexities of the plagues of poverty and hunger. We must continue to affect change in such areas as environment, human rights and disease.

To that end, the Seventh Annual Global Problems, Global Solutions Conference, Poverty & Hunger: Global Plagues, will feature a starving artists exhibit presented by La Roche College Student Government, informative table displays from area organizations, and presentations from representatives of federal and nonprofit organizations that deal with the issues of hunger and poverty both internationally and in our own backyard.

"Our conference sponsors truly believe that we can affect change and combat the difficult challenges that exist now and threaten our future generations,” noted Paul Le Blanc, professor of History and one of the founding organizers of the Global Problems, Global Solutions event in 2004.  “We are proud to host this coming together of social organizations, educational institutions and concerned citizens.  Together, we must work to make more people aware of social injustices so they may be changed and, as a result, provide a brighter future for those who will be the leaders of tomorrow.” 

This year's featured speaker is Donald Steinberg, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Display tables are available to individuals and organizations on Saturday at a cost of $25. Please register via the registration link above.

Keynote Speaker Don Steinberg
Part One: 13:20 minutes

Plenary Speaker Max Finberg
Part Two: 12:40 minutes

Keynote Speaker Don Steinberg Plenary Speaker Max Finberg

Ken Service
Executive Director,
Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE)

Howard J. Ishiyama, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and
Academic Dean

Keynote Address
Ambassador Donald Steinberg

Thomas Schaefer, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President
of Academic Affairs

La Roche College

Max Finberg
Director, USDA Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Panel Discussion I
Part Three: 1 hour 22 seconds

Panel Discussion II
Part Four: 46 minutes

Panel Discussion I Panel Discussion II

Moderator: Daniel Simpson

Ambassador Anthony Quainton
American University

Tara Reynolds Marks
Just Harvest

Suzanne McDevitt
Edinboro University

Susan Rauscher
Catholic Charities


Aria Charles
Greater Pgh Community Food Bank

Alyssa Jurewicz
Greater Pgh Community Food Bank

Pamela Reddy
Giant Eagle

Pamela Wigley
Citizens Bank


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