Willma and Albert Musher Lecture: Translating Behavioral HIV Interventions from the US to Kazakhstan: Implications and Lessons Learned

Dr. Assel Terlikbayeva is the Regional Director of the Global Health Research Center of Central Asia (GHRCCA). Established by Columbia University in 2007 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, GHRCCA works to advance evidence-based solutions to health and social issues in Central Asia through research, education, training, policy and dissemination. In this lecture, Dr. Terlikbayeva will describe the history and current state of GHRCCA, provide examples of studies conducted by GHRCCA, and discuss implications for global health and lessons learned from field implementation.


The Willma and Albert Musher Lecture was instituted in 2019 as part of the Willma and Albert Musher Program. Albert Musher made a transformational gift to the school in 1995 when he endowed the Wilma and Albert Musher chair, currently held by Dr. Nabila El-Bassel, who is also a University Professor at Columbia. The inaugural Musher chair was Dr. Edward Mullen, who served in this role from 1995 until his retirement in 2010, and now continues as the Musher Professor Emeritus. The Program also supports a doctoral scholarship, and it provided the funding for the School’s computer lab, known as the Musher Lab.

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