Outreach & Recognition

The Institute thrives on human connection and collaboration and has been able to spotlight its mission via guest lecturing, joint publications, media appearances and coverage, interdisciplinary board membership, and award recognition. The directors and staff are always eager to share their work, and invite all interested organizations to contact the Institute to arrange for a lecture or workshop.


The directors of the Institute have accepted the following awards:

Patroon Award (2017)
Recognizes leaders who make Albany, New York a better place to live

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship, National Academy of Medicine - nominated and finalist (2016)

Ellis Island Medal of Honor by NECO (2015)
For the significant contribution to the society. Past medalists include seven U.S. Presidents, as well as Nobel Prize winners and leaders of industry, education, the arts, sports and government.

Gleitsman International Activist Award 2013 of Center for Public Leadership of Harvard Kennedy School - nominated and finalist (2013)

Citizen of the University Award of University at Albany, SUNY (2013)
Recognizes outstanding contributions to the University.

Humanitarian Award of Iranian American Medical Society (2013)

Elizabeth Taylor Award (2012)
Inaugural award, in Recognition of Efforts to Advocate for Human Rights in the field of HIV presented by Actress Sharon Stone and sponsored by The Foundation for AIDS Research and the International AIDS Society.

Leadership in Health and Human Rights (2011)
Inaugural award, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization

Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights
Global Health Council

Institute of International Education Fellow (2011)
Scholar Rescue Fund

Heinz R. Pagels Human Rights of Scientists Award (2009)
New York Academy of Science

21st Century Young Leader Fellows in Asia (2008)
Asia Society


The directors have given presentations at:

  • 21st International AIDS Conference
  • AASAR, 4th Annual Meeting
  • Albany Medical College
  • Amnesty International
  • Asia Society, Bangladesh
  • Cornell University, Ithaca
  • Fort Orange Club, Albany
  • Harvard University
  • McGill University, Montreal
  • National Taiwan University
  • NIH, Annual Meeting 2016
  • SUNY Downstate Medical College
  • UN Human Rights Council
  • University of Hong Kong
  • University of Illinois Chicago