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. 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.


 

Director of the course on Humanitarian Action in the 21st Century: Challenges and Dilemmas

Rachel Kiddell-Monroe
Rachel Kiddell-Monroe, LLM
Rachel Kiddell-Monroe is a lawyer and an activist focusing on humanitarian assistance, access to medicines, global health, governance and global health ethics. After working for several years with grassroots and indigenous organisations in Indonesia, Rachel joined Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). She headed emergency humanitarian missions in Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. After acting as programme director for MSF Canada, she became MSF’s Regional Humanitarian Affairs Advisor for Latin America based in Central America. She led a project to develop humanitarian medical assistance programmes in indigenous communities. She went onto lead the MSF Access Campaign in Canada and is now a member of MSF International Board of Directors. Rachel is also former President of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) and a Professor of Practice at McGill University. She lectures on international development and humanitarian action.

 

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. Cédric 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  Antimicrobial Resistance

Makeda Semret
Dr. Makeda Semret, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Dr Semret is an Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology at the McGill University Health Centre and St-Mary’s Hospital Centre, and a visiting Faculty at Addis Ababa University (AAU, Ethiopia). She is a founding member of the AAU-McGill Partnership in Infectious Diseases (AMP-ID) which she currently co-directs. Her research is focused on assessing the burden of antimicrobial resistant (AMR) infections in low-resource settings, and the impact of laboratory diagnostics and antimicrobial stewardship interventions on patient outcomes and antimicrobial prescriptions in Ethiopia and in Canada. She has contributed to several of the Summer Institute courses (Tropical Medicine course since 2010, and Global Health Diagnostics course since 2015). She is the founding director of the AMR special session.

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Dr. Erika Vlieghe, MD

Professor Erika Vlieghe is an infectious diseases clinician with professional experience within and outside Belgium (UK, Uganda, Ecuador, Cambodia). She studied medicine at the Leuven Catholic University, followed by a Postgraduate course in Tropical Diseases at the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) and a specialization in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the Leuven Catholic University.
 
From 2004 to 2017 she has been working as a senior staff member and researcher at the ITM. Since 2017 she is heading the Department of General Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the University Hospital of Antwerp (UZA); she teaches capita selecta of tropical medicine and infectious diseases at various undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Antwerp and the ITM.
 
Over the past few years she has been involved in research and capacity building in the field of antibiotic resistance in low and middle income countries; she obtained a PhD in this field in 2014.
From October 2014 – October 2015 Erika Vlieghe was temporarily appointed ‘National Ebola-coordinator’ in Belgium. Within this function she has worked in close collaboration with the national health authorities and many other partners to prepare the country for possible Ebola-infections.


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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 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 eight years.


 

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, an Associate Director 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.

 

Directors of the Short 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 Associate Director 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.

 

Directors of the course on Quality of TB Care

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 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 eight years.

 

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Dr. Zelalem Temesgen, MD

Dr. Zelalem Temesgen MD is Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic, where he directs the Mayo Clinic HIV program, the Mayo Clinic Global HIV Education Initiative, and the Mayo Clinic Center for Tuberculosis. In addition to clinical responsibilities, Dr. Temesgen is actively involved in education and research both within Mayo Clinic and extramurally, participating in the clinical teaching curriculum for the Mayo Medical School and the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine as well as the Infectious Diseases Division. He is the founder of the Mayo Clinic Global HIV Education Initiative, which has developed a number of programs to enhance the knowledge and proficiency of health care providers worldwide. These include: Fundamentals of Global HIV Medicine, an HIV Management book intended for HIV medical care providers in resource limited settings, written by more than 60 subject matter experts from 15 countries; HIV eCurriculum series, an innovative, self-paced online program that has enrolled over 1600 learners in the United States and 700 professionals in Ethiopia; the tuberculosis eCurriculum Series, development of a web-based national Ethiopian curriculum on tuberculosis and leprosy; development of a web-based national Ethiopian curriculum on HIV testing and counseling; and HIV-Link, mobile phone-based clinical consultative support for HIV practitioners in rural Southern Ethiopia. Additional activities include media presentations, extramural visiting professorships and invited lectures at national and international meetings. Dr. Temesgen is the author of numerous publications, sits on the editorial boards of several medical journals, and is editor-in-chief of two books: Mayo Clinic Infectious Diseases Board Review Book and Fundamentals of Global HIV Medicine. Dr. Temesgen currently serves as the chair of the American Academy of HIV Medicine and a member of the US Department of Health and Human Services Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents. Dr. Temesgen has previously served as a member of the United States Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS as well as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).