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Julia Royall

ORG National Institutes of Health Title BIO Julia Royall has been working in telecommunications in health in Africa since 1990 and has 30 years of experience in the communications field. Her focus is on health information management and devising new technology solutions for providing access to remote and underserved communities in the U.S. and around the world. For all of her career, Ms. Royall has been committed to bringing together technology and information -- first as Executive Producer of a theatre company she founded on this premise while a doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon University in 1976 and later as a Project Coordinator at the MIT Media Lab. As Deputy Director of SatelLife, she initiated and directed the HealthNet Information Service which served and continues to serve African countries. She was recruited to the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in 1997 to create a malaria research network to support scientists in Africa as part of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria. For this work she has received the NIH Director's Award and was recently honored by Federal Computer Week magazine. Her research interests include African American history, history of the slave trade, PanAfricanism, relationship between African traditional communication systems and the Internet.