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We initiate new projects with transformative potential, incubate novel solutions that improve population health, and integrate those solutions around the globe.

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Meet the management team


Craig S. Ross, PhD, MBA
Executive Director
Vanessa Boland Edouard, MPH, MBA
Managing Director
Gwenn Fairall, MPH
Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives

About Boston University School of Public Health

Boston University is America’s fourth-largest research university and the School of Public Health has one of the largest research portfolios at the university. Our award-winning faculty actively engage in cutting-edge research that informs not only public policy and scientific understanding but also our curriculum. From large, epidemiologic studies to behavioral science, our research and scholarship is focused on having an impact and improving population health. Ranked 8th in the country by US News and World Report, Boston University School of Public Health puts special focus on the following topic areas:

  • Climate change, the planet, and health
  • Cities and health
  • Health inequities
  • Mental health and substance use
  • Health systems
  • Infectious diseases (including COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS)
  • Women’s health
  • Substance use

BUSPH is committed to igniting and sustaining positive change that leads to health and well-being around the world. We strive for a respectful, collaborative, diverse, and inclusive community within our school. We aim to promote justice, human rights, and equity within and across our local and global communities.

Meet the advisory board


Gary A. Cohen (chair)
Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, Humatics Corporation
Cris De Luca
Global Head, Digital Investments, Sanofi Ventures
Mary Jane England
Clinical Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management, Boston University School of Public Health
Susan Sarin Garfield
Principal/Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Bob Knox, Jr.
Travis McCready
Principal, TAM Consulting
Edward Melia
Co-Founder & General Partner, Evolution Global Growth Partners
Azin Nezami
Director of Innovation and External Research, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Philip Raymond Reilly
Venture Partner, Third Rock Ventures
Michael J. Taylor
Principal, MT Healthcare Consulting
Sandro Galea (Ex-officio Member)
Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
Michael McClean (Ex-officio Member)
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Advancement, Boston University School of Public Health

Interested in collaborating with idea hub?

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Learn more about the work being fostered through idea hub collaborations. Our events are open to all who want to explore how industry-university collaborations can accelerate population health improvements.

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September 30
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Think. Teach. Do. Showcase
The Think. Teach. Do. Showcase will highlight innovative public health research by SPH faculty and students. These idea hub pilot projects and industry partnerships accelerate improvements in population health, for the health of all.
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