Organizers

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Director of the course on TB Research Methods

Dick Menzie

Dr. Dick Menzies, MD, MSc

Dr. Menzies is a Professor of Medicine, and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University, and the Associate Director of the McGill International TB Centre. His research program is focused on the epidemiology and clinical aspects of tuberculosis, including clinical studies of new diagnostic tests, treatment including treatment of drug resistant TB, and latent TB therapy, as well as the diagnosis of latent tuberculosis with tuberculin skin tests and interferon gamma release assays. He coordinated the tuberculosis research methods course in Montreal in 2014.

 


 

 

Directors of the course on Global Health Diagnostics

Nitika Pant Pai

Dr. Nitika Pant Pai, MD, MPH, PhD
Dr. Pant Pai is an Associate Professor in the Division of Clinical Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases at McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre. Her implementation research program on HIV and co-infections for at risk populations is based in both developed (Canadian) and developing (India, Africa) settings. She studies the impact of the introduction of point-of-care diagnostics based strategies and programs to prevent HIV and co-infections. She is involved in the development of innovative self-testing strategies, including smartphone based self-test applications, and multiplexed testing strategies for HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for populations across countries. Her innovations are at the intersection of mhealth, ehealth and point-of-care for population and personalized medicine. She has led and coordinated diagnostic workshops and forums in Canada, India, Colombia, and South Africa. She also co-teaches a clinical epidemiology course to McGill residents and fellows.

 

Cedric Yansouni

Dr. Cedric Yansouni, MD, FRCPC DTM&H

Dr. Yansouni is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, and works as an Infectious Diseases physician and a Medical Microbiologist. His research program is focused on diagnostic tools for infectious diseases that can be implemented in low-resource or remote areas, including non-invasive diagnostics for Visceral Leishmaniasis, enteric infections, diagnostic strategies for neurological syndromes, and emerging parasitic diseases in Arctic communities. He has served on the scientific organising committee of several courses, including “Tropical and Parasitic Diseases 2014: A Review of Clinical and Laboratory Medicine” (McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 25-27 May 2014) and “Short Course on Clinical Research Methods and Evidence-Based Medicine (SCREM)” (Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium, 2011).

 

Madhukar Pai

Dr. Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD

Dr. Pai is a Canada Research Chair in Translational Epidemiology & Global Health in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University, the Director of McGill University’s Global Health Programs and the Associate Director of the McGill International TB Centre. His research program is focused on using translational epidemiology and implementation science to enhance tuberculosis care and control, so that products, knowledge and policies can translate into saved lives. He has coordinated multiple courses and workshops on epidemiology, modeling, systematic reviews and meta-analysis around the world, including week-long courses on advanced tuberculosis diagnostics research in Montreal for the past five years.

 

Director of the course on Bioinformatics for neglected parasitic diseases

Dr. Robin Beech

Dr. Robin Beech, PhD

Professor Beech obtained a Joint-Honours degree in Genetics and Biochemistry from the University of Nottingham and a PhD in Molecular Population Genetics from the University of Edinburgh, from which he developed a life long interest in the interaction between the population biology of organisms and natural variation in their genome sequence. He moved to Canada in 1987 for a Postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta to work on repeat gene families in conifers and population subdivision in bison. In 1992, he joined the Institute of Parasitology at McGill and introduced population genetic tools in the search for parasite genes linked with drug resistance, techniques that have become standard practice in this field. In 2006, his interest in bioinformatics led to a sabbatical year in Glasgow, with Prof John Gilleard, to work on the H. contortus genome project and a Le Studium Research Fellowship in France, 2013-2014, with Dr Cédric Neveu to model interactions of nicotine related compounds with parasite neurotransmitter receptors.

 


 

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Director of the course on Advanced TB Diagnostics

Madhukar Pai

Dr. Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD

Dr. Pai is a Canada Research Chair in Translational Epidemiology & Global Health in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University, the Director of McGill University’s Global Health Programs and the Associate Director of the McGill International TB Centre. His research program is focused on using translational epidemiology and implementation science to enhance tuberculosis care and control, so that products, knowledge and policies can translate into saved lives. He has coordinated multiple courses and workshops on epidemiology, modeling, systematic reviews and meta-analysis around the world, including week-long courses on advanced tuberculosis diagnostics research in Montreal for the past five years.

 

DIRECTORS OF THE Introduction COURSE ON Genomic Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

Behr
Dr. Marcel Behr, MD, MSc
Dr. Behr is a Professor of Medicine at McGill University and the Director of the McGill International TB Centre. His research program is focused on the use of bacterial genomic methods to study the epidemiology and pathogenesis of tuberculosis, and other mycobacterial diseases. He is also a contributor to the tuberculosis research methods course since 2014

 

Schurr
Dr. Erwin Schurr, PhD
Dr. Schurr is a James McGill Professor of Human Genetics and Medicine at McGill University, and the leader of the program on Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. His main research area is the identification of host genetic factors predisposing to mycobacterial disease; work that is supported by both national and international funding agencies.

 

robyn
Dr. Robyn Lee, PhD
Dr. Robyn Lee is a Research Fellow in Bioinformatics in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at The University of Melbourne. With a PhD in Epidemiology, Dr. Lee applies classical epidemiologic methods along with newer genomic and bioinformatics approaches to understand infectious disease transmission. She has worked extensively on Mycobacterium tuberculosis, using these skills to help resolve transmission and delineate risk factors for disease among the Canadian Inuit. Her current research focuses on understanding the transmission dynamics and risk factors associated with Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection. Like TB, N. gonorrhoeae is another pathogen of global health importance, primarily due to rapidly-increasing antimicrobial resistance. Additionally, given her clinical background in critical care nursing, Dr. Lee is also involved in studies on nosocomial infections, where she aims to use genomic epidemiologic methods to inform infection control programmes. Dr. Lee has contributed to the Research Methods course since 2014 and the development of the Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology course held in 2016.

 

Directors of the course on Qualitative Methods in Global Infectious Diseases Research

Amrita Daftary
Dr. Amrita Daftary, PhD, MPH
Dr. Daftary is an Assistant Professor of Research in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, and an Investigator at the McGill International TB Centre. She uses qualitative methods to study the social and behavioural contexts of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, and to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of complex public health interventions in diverse global settings. She has over ten years’ experience applying, teaching, and disseminating methods for qualitative data collection and analysis. Dr. Daftary has contributed to the research methods course since 2015, and looks forward to inaugurating this dedicated course on qualitative methods in 2017.

 

Nora Engel
Dr. Nora Engel, PhD
Dr. Engel is assistant professor of Global Health at Maastricht University. Her research focuses on innovation dynamics in global health challenges (mainly tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS) and on the sociology of diagnostics and innovations at the point-of-care. She has done extensive qualitative fieldwork in India and South Africa, among others on challenges to point of care testing across different settings, diseases and actor groups. She is a contributor on qualitative research to the advanced TB diagnostics course since 2012 and is thrilled to organize an entire course on qualitative methods in 2017.