John P. Elder
Distinguished Professor and Division Head
Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science
San Diego State University
“ Dengue infections and Childhood Obesity: Battling Epidemics that know no Boundaries. ”
John P. Elder is Distinguished Professor in the Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at San Diego State University Graduate School of Public, and Adjunct Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California-San Diego. He received his Bachelor degree from the University of Nebraska, the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from West Virginia University and an MPH from Boston University in international health. He currently serves as Principal Investigator of an obesity prevention research project funded by NIH/NIDDK, and of the CDC-funded San Diego Prevention Research Center.
He has authored 3 books and 345 other publications in the areas of health promotion, disease prevention, and behavioral epidemiology. Dr. Elder has consulted for USAID, DoD, the Rockefeller Foundation and WHO projects in 34 different countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. His international work has been in the areas of child survival, MCH, AIDS/HIV, dengue fever and malaria control, research design, and social marketing. Prof. Elder has also won more than $60 million in research funding.
Dr. Elder serves on the Editorial Boards of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Family and Community Health, the Journal of Migrant Health, and the American Journal of Health Behavior. He received the “2003 American Academy of Health Behavior Research Laureate” award, and the R. Tait McKenzie Annual Lecturer from the, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) in 2011. He also won the “President’s Leadership Award for Faculty and Staff Excellence” in 2012.
Prof. Ernest Madu
Founder of the Heart Institute of the Caribbean
” Reducing the Global Burden of Cardiovascular Disease: A Model for Sustainable Cardiac Care Development in Developing Countries. “
Professor Ernest Madu has had a distinguished career in clinical medicine and healthcare innovations. Dr. Madu is one of the “30 most Influential People in Public Health.” He is a pioneer in the development of healthcare infrastructure, health systems innovations and appropriate technology transfer to enhance quality and cost effectiveness of care in developing and low resource nations. Prof. Madu is the Managing Partner of IHS Group, Nashville, USA and also serves as Chairman and CEO of the Heart Institute of the Caribbean, Jamaica.
Dr. Madu is one of the very few non-European cardiologists to earn the prestigious title of Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology College He holds the academic rank of Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Imaging Technology and is respected globally for his contributions to cardiovascular medicine and health systems innovation. He is a leading expert in leveraging technology to bridge the access gap in quality healthcare delivery and has used his expertise in leading innovative and transformational healthcare projects in Africa and the Caribbean.
Prof. Madu is frequently invited around the world to speak about disruptive approaches to healthcare delivery. His opinions are regularly sought by leading international organizations and think tanks like TED, World Policy Journal, General Electric, UNICEF, US-Africa Business Summit, World Healthcare Congress, The Commonwealth Fund and World Medical Tourism Association. Prof. Madu has published more than 100 scientific papers in peer reviewed medical journals and his work has been profiled in leading journals and magazines. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology and the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, and was most recently awarded the fellowship of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences.
Dr. Chaiporn Promsingh M.D.
( Guest Speaker )
Medical Officer on Health Promotion, Advisory Level
Office of Senior Advisor Committee, Department of Health,
Ministry of Public Health,
Dr. Chaiporn Promsingh received his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Khon Kaen University. He also received 2 diplomas, which are diploma of the Thai Board of Family Medicine, and diploma of the Thai Board of Preventive Medicine. During his career in Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, he was appointed as a general surgeon at Nong Kai Provincial Hospital and Buriram Provincial Hospital. Then he was promoted to Director of Kemmarat District Hospital, Ubonratchathani rovince in the northeastern region of Thailand. Then he was Provincial Deputy-Chief Medical Officer of Ubonratchathani Provincial Hospital. For his career in Department of Health, he was appointed as a Director of Regional Health Promotion Center 6 Chonburi, Director of Regional Health Promotion Center 1 Chiang Mai, Director of Regional Health Promotion Center 7 Khon Kaen, and Director of Regional Health Promotion Center 10 Ubonratchathani, respectively. After serving his duty outside metropolitan area, he was appointed as Director of Physical Activity and Health Division. Currently, his position is Medical Physician, Advisory Level in Health Promotion and also Chairman of Senior Expert Committee of Department of Health, Ministy of Public Health, Thailand.
Prof. Dr. Forhad Akhtar Zaman
( Plenary Speaker )
Sikkim Manipal Institute
SESSION: ” Sexual and Reproductive Health “
Dr Forhad Akhtar Zaman is one of the youngest Professor in India presently working in the Department of Community Medicine at Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok, India. He is associated with Million Death Study as a Coder & Adjudicator under Govt. of India & CGHR, Canada. He was awarded the Fellowship of Indian Public Health Association in 2017 for his outstanding contribution in the field of Public Health in India. He is also working as a Central Team Member in Annual Sentinel Surveillance for HIV Infection under Govt of India since 2010. He served as State Consultant for ICDS, Govt. of India for 3 years. He is also the nominated member of the International Forum of Teachers (IFT) of UNESCO Haifa Bioethics Chair. He was the speaker at the 53 rd National Conference of the Indian Public Health Association at KIMS, Bangalore in Jan 2009. He was the Keynote Speaker at the 12th South East Asia Regional Scientific Meeting of International Epidemiological Association at Bangkok in Nov 2015. He was the Plenary speaker in the 2nd and 3rd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PUBLIC HEALTH 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka and in 2017 at Kuala lumpur, Malaysia. He was awarded travel grants to present a research paper and Chaired Session at IEA World Congress of Epidemiology at Saitama, Japan in Aug 2017. He Completed Advanced Course on Death Certification conducted by the Centre for Global Health Research, affiliated with St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto and in collaboration with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). He has total 28 publications in various Indexed National & International Journals.
Dr. Nasrin Banu Laskar
Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences
SESSION: ” Environmental Health “
Dr. Nasrin Banu Laskar is a young and dynamic public health specialist in India, presently working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Medicine at Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok, India. She is an eminent teacher in Community Medicine, guiding several Postgraduate students and PhD scholars. She has been associated with the Million Death Study (under Govt. Of India & CGHR, Canada) since 2008 as a Coder, Adjudicator and Transcriptionist. She has served as a State Consultant for ICDS in Sikkim for the Govt. Of India. She has served as an Editorial Board Member for the Indian Public Health Association and is a Peer Reviewer for the Indian Journal of Public Health.
She was the speaker at the 53rd National Conference of the Indian Public Health Association at KIMS, Bengaluru in January 2009. She has completed Advanced Course on Death Certification conducted by the Centre for Global Health Research, affiliated with St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto and in Collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). She has authored chapters on ‘Reproductive and Sexual Health of Adolescent Females’ in Books for Community Nursing. She is involved in multiple Public Health Research activities and has several publications in various Indexed National and International Journals.
Dr. Raghib Ali
Director of the Public Health Research Center at NYU Abu Dhabi
New York University Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
SESSION: ” Non-Communicable Diseases “
Dr. Raghib Ali is the Director of the Public Health Research Center at New York University Abu Dhabi and Adjunct Associate Professor in Public Health and in Population Health at New York University. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford & Honorary Consultant in Acute Medicine at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. His main research interests are the etiology, prevention & treatment of non-communicable diseases in Middle Eastern and South Asian populations and he has published more than 80 papers with over 10,000 citations and an H index of 27.
He is the Principal Investigator for the UAE Healthy Future Study, the first prospective cohort study in the UAE investigating risk factors for obesity, diabetes and Cardiovascular disease in 20,000 adults. He graduated in Medicine from Cambridge University in 1999 and also has postgraduate degrees from the Universities of Oxford and London. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2013.
Dr. Keith Buckley
Director of Physical and Health Education
Rollins College Winter Park
SESSION: ” Social Determinants of Health “
TITLE: ” Evaluating the Right to Affordable Healthcare “
Dr. Buckley is a Professor who has taught in the Health and Physical Education department for the last 15 years at Rollins College. . He earned his Doctorate in Education from the University of Central Florida in 2003 specializing in Instructional technology. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College (1995) and earned his undergraduate degree from Rollins College.
He is the Director of Physical Education at Rollins College and serves on the the Health and Wellness committee for the college. He holds the Greene Chair which was established in 1967 by Raymond W. Greene, who stipulated that the chair-holder should encourage reverence for the “Amazing Creation of the Human Body and Its Functions.” He also is the soccer coach of the college and has accumulated over 300 wins in his coaching tenure. The college is recognized as one of the top academic soccer schools in the country. The team has won regional and conference championships.
Prof. Dr. Pei Lin Lua
Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA)
SESSION: ” Social Determinants of Health “
TITLE: ” Community Health Education Empowerment Via e-Health Innovations “
Prof. Lua obtained her PhD in Pharmacy from Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom in 2003 specialising in health-related quality of life (HRQoL) studies. Prior to that, she has studied Pharmacy in the same university and graduated in 1998 with a B.Pharm (First Class Honours) and later pursued her pharmacy training in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kota Kinabalu. Her first permanent job was as a lecturer at Universiti Malaysia Sabah from 2003 until 2005, whereby she was entrusted with the responsibility of being the Head of Psychology And Social Health Research Unit.
She later joined the Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam as a senior lecturer and was influential in setting up the Centre for Drug Policy And Health Economics Research as well as being appointed as the Head of B.Pharm programme. In 2007 upon moving to Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) in her hometown of Terengganu, she diligently helped establish the Centre for Clinical And Quality of Life Studies which spearheads a variety of clinical and behavioural health studies. Most recently she pioneered the set-up of the new Faculty of Pharmacy in UniSZA in 2016. With over 80 publications, 200 presentations and 40 awards under her belt, she contributes tremendously in postgraduate supervision and training while acting as invited reviewer and consultant panel for various reputed journals and expert committees. Her main research field involves HRQoL investigations in chronic diseases with psychosocial implications, besides a special interest in e-health technologies for health education and promotion.