Joyonna Gamble-George is one of two alumna from the USF College of Public Health chosen to attend the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany. Only 19 scholars from the United States were invited.
A doctoral student in neuroscience at Vanderbilt University, Gamble-George joins 600 of the most qualified young researchers from around the world selected to represent their countries at the meeting on June 29-July 4.
“USF College of Public Health gave my career aspirations direction and perspective,” she said. “It enabled me to see how I can connect research in the biomedical sciences to addressing mental health issues through policy and public health program development and implementation. Thus, my time at USF COPH was memorable, worthwhile, and life-changing. It made my dream career choice more practical, achievable, and translational to real-life health issues.”
Nominees are evaluated on stringent criteria, including working on a funded research project, conducting research that shows significant promise, and ranking in the top five percent of students.
Gamble-George is not unfamiliar with being chosen for public health-related opportunities.
She was selected as one of 100 participants from around the world to attend the International Students’ Meeting on Public Health and the 12th World Congress on Public Health in 2009 in Istanbul, Turkey.
In 2012, she was an organizing committee member of the second International Students’ Meeting on Public Health in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“Public health enables you to comprehend the science behind improving the quality of life and well-being of people in communities from different walks of life, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, and geographical areas,” she said.
Gamble-George takes great pride in being an active member in the community. While earning her master of health administration degree from USF, she served as a board member for Ovacome (Ovarian Cancer Support and Advocacy Group). She also has served as a reviewer of the high school research journal Young Scientist in Nashville, Tenn., a clinic volunteer in El Yayal, Dominican Republic, and a participant in the USF Interdisciplinary Community Health Scholars Program.
Gamble-George co-authored several publications concerning potential pharmacologic agents for treating Alzheimer’s disease, the neurotoxic effects of methamphetamine, and the role of the endocannabinoid system in the anxiety and appetitive consummatory behaviors.
“Life is filled with twists and turns and many bumps, but it is also filled with beautiful and memorable moments that can be life altering,” she said. “My time at USF COPH was like being part of a close-knit family, one that I will cherish forever.”
Story by Infiniti Mincey and David Brothers, USF College of Public Health. Photo courtesy of Joyonna Gamble-George