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

Nitika Pant Pai (Nikki Pai), MD., MPH., PhD, is an Associate Professor at McGill University in the Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Epidemiology and a Research Scientist at the MUHC Research Institute. Her research program at McGill is focused on point of care diagnostics for HIV and sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (from innovation, implementation to public health impact and social impact). She has served on many technical working groups of the World Health Organization, Gates Foundation, PSI. Her work has been profiled in the Economist, Globe and Mail, the Gazette and the Times. She has also worked with CHAI/UNAIDS and is cuerently partnering with IAPAC on their fast track cities initiatives to end the HIV Epidemic.

Her website is nitikapantpai.com.

 

Cedric Yansouni

Dr. Cedric Yansouni, MD, FRCPC DTM&H

Dr Yansouni is an Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology at the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, where he serves as Associate Director of the J.D. MacLean Centre for Tropical Diseases. His research is focused on improving diagnostic tools and care for infectious diseases in remote or low resource settings, with an emphasis on enteric parasitic infections and diagnostic bacteriology. He is currently a technical advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) for prequalification of diagnostics. He has been a founding co-Director of the Global Health Diagnostics Course since 2015 and has contributed to our Clinical Tropical Medicine Course since 2010.

 

Madhukar Pai

Dr. Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD, FCAHS

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. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. 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 seven years.


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 and disseminating qualitative research. Dr. Daftary has contributed to the McGill Summer Institute since 2015, and successfully inaugurated 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 together with Amrita Daftary successfully launched the qualitative methods course in 2017.

 

 


 

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DIRECTORS OF THE COURSE ON Clinical TROPICAL Medicine

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Dr. Michael Libman, MD

Dr. Libman is the director of the J. D. MacLean Centre for Tropical Diseases at McGill University and the Tropical Disease clinic at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), Former Director of the McGill University Division of Infectious Diseases, Consulting Microbiologist for the region of Nunavik and Professor of Medicine at McGill University. Dr. Libman has expertise in many areas of infectious diseases and microbiology. His research involves infections acquired by travelers and immigrants, as well as diseases which are particularly problematic in the Canadian far north. Dr. Libman holds leadership positions in a number of professional societies, including the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases of Canada, the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and the International Society of Travel Medicine. He is a Visiting Professor at Manipal University in India as well as the University of Addis Ababa, and a co-director of the annual Tropical Medicine training course at the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India.

 

Cedric Yansouni

Dr. Cedric Yansouni, MD, FRCPC DTM&H

Dr Yansouni is an Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology at the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, where he serves as Associate Director of the J.D. MacLean Centre for Tropical Diseases. His research is focused on improving diagnostic tools and care for infectious diseases in remote or low resource settings, with an emphasis on enteric parasitic infections and diagnostic bacteriology. He is currently a technical advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) for prequalification of diagnostics. He has been a founding co-Director of the Global Health Diagnostics Course since 2015 and has contributed to our Clinical Tropical Medicine Course since 2010.

 

Directors of the course on Clinical TB

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Faiz Ahmad Khan, MD, FRCPC, MPH

Faiz is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, a member of the McGill International TB Centre, and works as a respirologist at the McGill University Health Centre and in Nunavik (the Inuit region in the province of Quebec). He is also the medical director of the TB Clinic at the Montreal Chest Institute. His clinical and research work includes a focus on TB and lung health in Quebec’s Indigenous populations. His first foray into lung health research in Nunavik was in 2009, and he has been providing clinical services in the region since 2012. He co-founded the RESP-NORTH remote consultation and triage service with Dick Menzies. Faiz is also co-leading research collaborations on TB and lung health in Karachi, Pakistan, as well as research initiatives evaluating software programs that analyze chest x-rays to detect TB, and collaborative studies assessing the effectiveness of shorter standardized regimens for MDR-TB.

 

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James Johnston, MD, FRCPC, MPH

Dr James Johnston is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. He completed Internal Medicine training at McGill before moving to UBC for his Respiratory Medicine Fellowship. He completed postdoctoral TB research training at the BC Centre for Disease Control, and has a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. His clinical and research interests include tuberculosis in migrants and new technologies to address challenges in TB elimination.

 

Director of the course on Advanced TB Diagnostics

Madhukar Pai

Dr. Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD, FCAHS

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. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. 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 seven years.

 

DIRECTORS OF THE Introduction COURSE ON Genomic Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

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Dr. Marcel Behr, MD, MSc
Dr. Behr is a Professor of Medicine at McGill University, Associate Director of the Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health Program at the MUHC 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.
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Dr. Robyn Lee, PhD
Dr. Robyn Lee is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University. With a PhD in Epidemiology, and previous post-doctoral training in Bioinformatics, she integrates modern epidemiology methods, genomics and bioinformatics to infer and understand infectious disease transmission. Dr. Lee’s research has focused on both community and hospital-acquired infections, with particular emphasis on Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, MRSA and VRE. Dr. Lee has contributed to the Research Methods course since 2014.