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Prof. Gregory D. Zimet

Prof. Gregory D. Zimet

Professor, Pediatrics & Psychiatry Co-Director, IUPUI Center for HPV Research, School of Medicine, Indiana University, United States

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Gregory D. Zimet

Professor, Pediatrics & Psychiatry
Co-Director, IUPUI Center for HPV Research, School of Medicine
Indiana University
United States

Dr. Zimet is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. Since he arrived at IU School of Medicine in 1993 he has guided an extensive and multi-faceted behavioral and social science research program focused on attitudes about and determinants of vaccination with a particular focus on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. Dr. Zimet’s research also has involved randomized clinical trials designed to evaluate the effects of behavioral interventions on hepatitis B virus (HBV) and HPV vaccine uptake and on acceptance of HIV testing. In addition, through his 15 year involvement in the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network (ATN) for HIV/AIDS Interventions. Dr. Zimet has expanded his research focus to examine consent and ethical factors related to recruitment of adolescents into biomedical HIV prevention clinical trials. Dr. Zimet’s research has been funded by NIH, CDC, and private industry. He collaborates with researchers throughout the U.S. and from several other countries who represent many different disciplines including health marketing, health communication, medicine, psychology, biostatistics, nursing, and public health. Dr. Zimet has served as a research mentor to physician fellows, medical students, pediatric residents, pre- and post-doctoral fellows in psychology, social work, health behavior, and nursing, and junior faculty across several departments and schools. In the 1980s, Dr. Zimet and several colleagues (including his mother) developed the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS), a measure that is widely used in research worldwide and has been translated into over 35 languages.

Meet Gregory Zimet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qqw1AW_luuE

Dr. Maseeha Ansermeah

Dr. Maseeha Ansermeah

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Health, Province of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Maseeha Ansermeah

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Department of Health
Province of Kwazulu-Natal
South Africa

As a medical doctor employed by the Department of Health since 2007 working in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Whilst finding immense sense of purpose in the type of work she was engaged in, there has always been a background observation regarding the ramifications of a reductionist outlook affecting the spheres of patient care. Patients are often mechanistically managed; being reduced to their full blood count results or their Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) images. There is a tendency to explain through analysis and reduction rather than by cohesive synthesis and integration. It is primarily for these reasons; that gave rise to an innate resonance towards exploring the System Dynamics (SD) modality of thinking which seeks to better appreciate the overall grander schemata of phenomena in all its subtle and manifest ways .Over the years with several hospital related challenges mounting, be they poor resource allocation or declining numbers in human resources, there has been an inquiry towards a more robust, scientific manner to identify blind spots and design effective interventions. Hence the researcher has embarked on this route of being a research practitioner exploring the domain of System Dynamics in Healthcare. The researcher aims to demonstrate that in a seemingly complex, challenge- ridden setting of a large scale hospital setting; breakthrough interventions can be uncovered when the appropriate heuristic is applied. This aim is propelled by unified objectives of tying together the interconnected, non-linear, whole-system blueprint of System Dynamics to unlock potential solutions.

In Participatory Action Research, the emphasis is on ownership in improving one’s own working environment rather than providing generalisations around issues concerning healthcare and invites towards self-reflection and personal transformation. This resonates with systems-as-cause-thinking whereby an active role in taking responsibility is stressed upon instead of seeking to allocate blame to other sources. Incorporating Theory U into the journey of personal transformation is considered critical for the researcher to practice medicine from a holistic paradigm and sense of purpose that extended beyond the linear boundaries of healthcare. Overall, the researcher seeks to find emergent opportunities for transformation instead of being weighed down by structural failures of the healthcare system. The researcher aims to highlight the possibilities of achieving gains of cultivating personal and professional growth, leading to individual and organisational successes in a large scale, complex healthcare setting.

Dr. Guoxi CAI

Dr. Guoxi CAI

Guest Professor of Fujian Medical University, China Senior Researcher of Institute of Tropical Medicine (NEKKEN), Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Guoxi CAI

Guest Professor of Fujian Medical University, China
Senior Researcher of Institute of Tropical Medicine (NEKKEN)
Nagasaki University, Nagasaki
Japan

Dr. Guoxi CAI graduated with honors from Fujian Medical University in China in 1993. In 2007, he earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Science from Nagasaki University Institute of Tropical Medicine in Japan. He is currently a Guest Professor at Fujian Medical University in China and a Senior Researcher at Nagasaki University’s Institute of Tropical Medicine (NEKKEN). His research interests include epidemiology, public health, environmental and occupational health, and international health.

Prof. Wan Iryani Wan Ismail

Prof. Wan Iryani Wan Ismail

Faculty of Science and Marine Environment Universiti Malaysia Terengganu Malaysia

Plenary Speaker

Prof. Wan Iryani Wan Ismail

Faculty of Science and Marine Environment
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
Malaysia

Prof. Wan Iryani Wan Ismail

Prof. Wan Iryani Wan Ismail

Faculty of Science and Marine Environment Universiti Malaysia Terengganu Malaysia

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Anand Prakash

Clinical Psychologist
Central Institute of Psychiatry (Govt. of India)
Professor & Head- Amity Institute of Clinical Psychology br India

Dr. Prakash is a clinical psychologist from the Government of India’s Central Institute of Psychiatry in Ranchi. In the 1990s, he earned an honours degree and a postgraduate diploma in psychology from Banaras Hindu University. He has 24 years of international experience, including work in Africa (under the UNDP), the Middle East, and India. He is the founder of Clinical Psychologist and Faculty at the Composite Regional Centre (Govt. of India), Bhopal, the University of Gondar, the Ministry of Education in Ethiopia (at the country level), and an internationally accredited medical college in Saudi Arabia. He established the first Postgraduate Programme in Clinical Psychology in North-East Africa. Dr. Prakash is the first and youngest Clinical Psychologist – for course development, teaching, and professional supervision, with a B.Ed in Special Education from M.P. Bhoj Open University in Bhopal (2001). He has received the following honors: Outstanding Reviewer Award: International Journal of Life Sciences & Pharma Research-2021 (Indexed in Web of Science); Best poster paper award in 2017 (Saudi Arabia); National Merit Scholarship in collegiate education, and (BRA Bihar University, Muzaffarpur). He is the Executive Editor-in-Chief of Science Insights (New York), as well as a member of the Editorial Boards of Psychology & Psychiatry (London) and the International Journal of Psychological & Brain Science (New York). He has 45 international and national publications to his name, including three books, research articles, and five case studies, and he has previously been selected for senior faculty positions in Caribbean and African countries. He is currently employed as a Professor and Head of the Amity Institute of Clinical Psychology at Amity University Rajasthan in Jaipur.

Prof. Eleanor Krassen Covan

Prof. Eleanor Krassen Covan

Editor-in-Chief - Health Care for Women International

Workshop Speaker

Prof. Eleanor Krassen Covan

Editor-in-Chief - Health Care for Women International

I am a Professor Emerita of Gerontology at UNC Wilmington where I founded their gerontology programs. I am also the Editor-in-Chief of the scholarly journal, Health Care for Women International. In both roles I mentor others to conduct research which informs practice. I aim to help others make a positive difference in their local communities and in the global world of scholars, by offering workshop tips for publishing success. I am most proud of my research about the impact of combat on aging and the family and my work about caregiving networks in retirement communities. I have also published work predicting the cross-cultural status of older adults, mentoring processes, how older adults respond to natural disasters, and how gender predicts access to health care and decisions made about treatment. I respect all attempts to understand how gender, ethnicity and social class impact the life course.    

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