Global Health Experts

Maria Argos

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.

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Motria Caudill

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.

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Samuel Dorevitch

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.

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Mark Dworkin

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 is also studying 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.

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Ronald Hershow

Expert on:  antiretroviral therapy, HIV.

Dr. Ronald Hershow is currently leading a pilot study that is attempting to determine the most effective ways to promote successful antiretroviral therapy in HIV-infected injection drug users in Indonesia.  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.

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Supriya Mehta

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.

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Naoko Muramatsu

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.

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Nadine Peacock

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.

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Karen Peters

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.

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