Melissa Gilliam, Associate Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pediatrics and Chief of Family Planning, University of Chicago Medical Center
Funmi Olopade, Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics and Director, Cancer Risk Clinic,
University of Chicago Medical Center
Dawn Sinclair Shapiro, Director-Producer, Woodlawn Avenue Productions
Moderated by Daniel E. Pellegrom, President, Pathfinder International

In Nigeria, the lifetime risk of a woman dying in childbirth is 1 in 18, compared to 1 in 4,800 in the United States. Focusing on maternal health in Muslim and Christian communities in Nigeria, the documentary film The Edge of Joy depicts the consequences of poor maternal health as it explores the nuances and complexities of bringing emerging health technologies to the developing world. Join The Chicago Council, the University of Chicago’s Global Health Initiative, and Pathfinder International for the Chicago premiere of the film, to be followed by an expert panel discussion.

Melissa GilliamMelissa Gilliam is associate professor of obstetrics/gynecology and pediatrics, and chief of family planning at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She is also director of the fellowship in family planning at the University of Chicago. An expert in pediatric and adolescent gynecology, her practice focuses on the treatment of complex gynecologic problems in girls and young women.

Funmi OlopadeFunmi Olopade is a professor of medicine and human genetics and director of the Cancer Risk Clinic at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She is also associate dean for the medical school’s Global Health Initiative. A MacArthur “genius” grantee, her practice focuses on cancer risk assessment and prevention and individualized treatments for cancer patients. Olopade is particularly interested in high-risk populations, including women of African descent.

Dawn Sinclair Shapiro directed, produced, and wrote the feature length documentary Inside the Handy Writers’ Colony, which aired nationally on PBS in 2008. She began her journalism career working for the award-winning news magazine program CBS News Sunday Morning. Shapiro has worked as a producer, writer, and online editor for Tribune Broadcasting, CNBC, MSNBC, Dateline NBC, and Chicago Public Radio.

Daniel PellegromDaniel E. Pellegrom (moderator) has served as president of Pathfinder International for twenty-five years.  Previously, he served as executive director for Planned Parenthood in Maryland and Memphis. Named a recipient of the United Nations Population Award in 1996, Pathfinder became only the second U.S.-based organization to win this recognition. Pellegrom has written op-ed pieces for The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, and The New York Times

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