The GHC/CHC congratulates our board member and advisor Dr. Kristian Olson on his recognition as one of a select group of pioneers who are putting science and technology to work to improve the health and lives of some of the poorest people in the world.
In the June issue of Scientific American, the magazine names ten researchers, politicians, business executives or philanthropists “who have recently demonstrated outstanding commitment to assuring that the benefits of new technologies and knowledge will accrue to humanity.” Besides Olson, the honorees include Bill Gates and Barack Obama.
The publication is recognizing Olson for his work as project head at the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, Boston, where he led a team that designed a simple, low-cost infant incubator made from car parts. Olson also designed a project to implement a neonatal resuscitator that is saving newborn lives in Southeast Asia.
An internist and pediatrician on staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Olson has served on the GHC/CHC USA board since 2006. He will spend the coming year working with the GHC/CHC on new approaches to child survival and the treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis in Cambodia and in Ethiopia.
“This award is a credit not to me but to the great group of people that I get to work both in the US and overseas,” Olson said. “I’m very excited about working with GHC/CHC to discover and implement new life saving strategies!”