Global Health Experts
Expert on: global toxic metal exposure.
Maria Argos conducts research focused on the health effects of arsenic and other metals among children and adults in Bangladesh, the population of which has been severely affected by decades of elevated exposure to arsenic through consumption of naturally contaminated groundwater. Dr. Argos’ research has shown dose-response associations of arsenic with chronic disease outcomes (mortality and skin lesions), pregnancy outcomes, and early cardiometabolic impacts on children. Her work has also identified epigenetic mechanisms that may underlie these observed associations.
Expert on: human nutrition; stunting; environmental enteric dysfunction; perinatal and life course epidemiology; field trials.
Rebecca Campbell is an epidemiologist trained in human nutrition and global health. Her research investigates joint effects of nutritional and environmental exposures during sensitive life stages, especially pregnancy, infancy and early childhood. Her prior research investigated enteric dysfunction and diet quality as barriers to food supplement impact on early childhood growth in a randomized trial in Bangladesh. Other completed and ongoing projects have used trial follow-up and national survey data to understand determinants of maternal and child nutrition and health in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and globally.
Expert on: global environmental exposure and training.
Motria Caudill has provided environmental health training to specialists in Asia and Eastern Europe with a focus on exposure assessment, quality assurance, data analysis, and risk assessment. She had performed investigations to assess environmental monitoring capabilities and identify areas for improvement. Her approach includes working with local partners to prioritize environmental risks, including ubiquitous issues like fine particle pollution or local industrial emissions in a specific community. She helps partners design solutions that are focused and cost-effective.
Expert on: water quality and health, worker health.
Dr. Samuel Dorevitch is conducting three environmental research studies in western Kenya. One project compares the health impacts of three household water treatment methods on diarrhea occurrence in children. A project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation focuses on approaches deploying solar-powered technology to bring clean drinking water to residents of urban informal settlements. A study that will be launched in the field in 2019 evaluates chronic kidney disease in a rural area where sugarcane is grown and processed.
Expert on: HIV medication adherence.
Dr. Mark Dworkin is currently developing projects that use technology to address medication non adherence among HIV-infected patients in Chicago. He also studied medication adherence in Puerto Rico and syphilis HIV co-infection in France. His research interests include clinical epidemiology of HIV/AIDS, influenza transmission, and prevention of foodborne disease.
Expert on: occupational disease, injury, occupational health and safety, occupational disease, workers’ compensation, low wage workers, work as a determinant of health.
Linda Forst conducts research related to occupational disease prevention—public health surveillance for occupational diseases and injuries, workers compensation, prevention of heavy metal poisoning, and population based work, addressing hazardous working conditions among migrant farmworkers, construction day laborers, and temp labor. She teaches a course on Environment, Toxicology and Disease. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been involved with writing guidance documents for protection of workers in jobs deemed as “critical infrastructure.” She serves as the head of the WHO Collaborating Center at UIC.
Expert on: antiretroviral therapy, HIV.
Dr. Ronald Hershow has studied the most effective ways to promote successful antiretroviral therapy in HIV-infected injection drug users in Indonesia and has evaluated Tuberculosis control efforts in Ukraine. His research interests include HIV as it affects women and substance users, viral hepatitis, particularly hepatitis C, and hospital-acquired infections focusing on antimicrobial resistant microorganisms.
Expert on: STIs and HIV transmission and prevention.
Supriya Mehta focuses on identifying bio-behavioral risks and pathways for STIs and HIV. Her work in antimicrobial resistant N. gonorrhoeae has provided support to national STI treatment guidelines in Kenya. A current study in Kisumu, Kenya seeks to understand how the penile microbiome contributes to STIs. Her teaching interests include core epidemiologic concepts and the epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections.
Expert on: global aging, aging in Japan.
Naoko Muramatsu is an expert of global aging and health. Her international research has contributed to knowledge of the interplay among national policies, societal norms, work, health and well-being in aging populations, with special focus on Japan, home of the oldest population in the world. She has analyzed the evolution of Japan’s innovative universal long-term care insurance system and its impact on people’s lives.
Expert on: physiology of reproduction, cultural/behavioral aspects of HIV/STI risk.
Nadine Peacock is an anthropologist with expertise in global women’s health and qualitative research methods. She has conducted research in Sub-Saharan Africa on women’s work, energetics and ovarian function, and HIV/STI risk behaviors of young women. Dr. Peacock has taught public health field courses in Costa Rica and Cuba.
Expert on: mental health, community health initiatives.
Karen Peters is involved with Project Chataae, co-conducted with the Universidad de Antioquia, in collaboration with three rural communities in the Colombian Amazon. This project utilizes a community-based participatory action research (CBPAR) approach to develop community transformation activities concerning health priorities focused on infectious and chronic diseases including mental health. Her work with PeaceCare Senegal utilizes a CBPAR approach to develop local health workforce infrastructure in a rural region of Southeastern Senegal.
Expert on: cancer prevention.
Caryn Peterson is the co-director of the UIC Cancer Education and Career Development Program and focuses on cervical cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment in low-resource settings in the US and Senegal. Her research has identified interpersonal, organizational, and community/societal factors associated with cervical cancer health disparities, and explores clinical and community-based solutions to improve HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening rates. Her teaching interests include the effects of social-structural factors on health and analytic methods in social epidemiology.
Expert on: social relationships; health behavior change; health disparities; social policy and healthy aging.
Benjamin Shaw focuses on social and behavioral influences on health in aging populations. He is a visiting researcher at Karolinksa Institute’s Ageing Research Center, with funding from the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare. He is investigating the health of older workers in Sweden, and the health impacts of their working conditions and the informal care that they provide to their older relatives. He was previously awarded R01 funding from NIH/NIA to study aging-related changes in diet, exercise, and substance use in the US and Japan.