Global Health Research Speaker Series

Global Health Research Speaker Series

Learn about a new global health topic at noon on the second Tuesday of each month at our Research Speaker Series.

Dr. Aaron Berkowitz discusses the distribution of neurologists around the world.
Dr. Rachel Umoren delivers an intriguing presentation on virtual simulation and telesimulation.
Dr. Ruben Hernandez presents about ethical global health training at the July 2021 event.
Dr. Faith Yego, Moi University School of Public Health, presents at the February 2021 Research Speaker Series.
Dr. Ken Cornetta presents about palliative care in western Kenya.
Dr. Fiona Miller, professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, presents "What is a Sustainable Health System?" during the June 2021 Research Speaker Series event.
Dr. John Humphrey presents his research on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV during the April 2021 Research Speaker series.
Dr. Rajesh Vedanthan from NYU presents at the January 2021 Research Speaker Series event.
Dr. Adrian Gardner presents about "The Role of a Global Health Organization During a Pandemic."
Dr. Mabel Nangami presents on disruptive public health strategies for transformative change in Kenya's health outcomes.      
Dr. Jimmy Carlucci presents on improving retention in HIV early infant diagnosis services in resource-limited settings.      
Dr. Caitlin Bernard presents on “Global Reproductive Health Issues” at the Global Health Research Speaker Series.
Dr. Mary Ott, IU School of Medicine, presents about human rights approaches to adolescent reproductive health.
Dr. Darron Brown presents on HPV and cervical cancer during the Research Speaker Series at the Regenstrief Institute social hub.
Dr. Laura Ruhl presents and update on the population health initiative with the AMPATH program in Kenya.
Dr. Aaron Ermel presents about HPV in western Kenya and biobanking.
Dr. James Cleary updates the audience on improvements in global palliative care.
Dr. Una Osili discusses the long-term impacts of civil war during the monthly research speaker series.
Dr. Horacio Duarte presents during the August 2020 Global Health Research Speaker Series.

Upcoming Events


February 8, 2022

Molly Duman Scheel, PhD

Navari Family Professor

Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics

IU School of Medicine-South Bend

and adjunct, Eck Institute for Global Health, The University of Notre Dame

"Biorational Yeast RNAi-based Integrated Mosquito Control Programs"

Despite the devastating impact of vector mosquitoes on human society, we know very little about mosquito development. When I set up our lab on the campus of Notre Dame over a decade ago, I hoped to use my training as a comparative arthropod developmental biologist at the University of Chicago to address this gap in our knowledge of mosquito biology. This led to our use of siRNA-mediated gene silencing to study development of the mosquito nervous system. In recent years, our large-scale effort to apply RNA interference to mosquito control resulted in development of yeast interfering RNA pesticides that target multiple species of disease vector mosquitoes. This discovery led to a journey from the bench to the field that has involved a collaborative effort among molecular geneticists, entomologists, field biologists, Ministry of Health employees, bioengineers, ethicists, social scientists, as well as business and technology transfer experts. My lab’s interdisciplinary mindset and collaborative spirit further our ongoing efforts to advance basic research discoveries into translational solutions for controlling mosquito-borne illnesses. Read more about Dr. Duman Scheel.

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March 8, 2022

Karla Galaviz, PhD

Assistant Professor

School of Public Health Bloomington

"Integrating HIV and Cardiovascular care in South Africa"



April 12, 2022

Omar Galárragam, PhD, MA

Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy, and Practice

Brown University



May 10, 2022

Jepchirchir Kiplagat, PhD

Assistant Director of Research 


2021 Fogarty Fellow



June 14, 2022

Mary Sebert, RN, MPH

Director of Global Nursing

Mass General Center for Global Health

"MGH Center for Global Health Nursing Program"



July 12, 2022

Lonnie Embleton, PhD

AMPATH Researcher

Adolescent SRH and UHC Fellow

Dalla Lana School of Public Health

University of Toronto



August 9, 2022

Dr. Florence Jaguga

"Implementing the QualityRights Initiative in Kenya"

Dr. Florence Jaguga is a consultant psychiatrist working at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret, Kenya. She is currently a Fogarty Global Health Fellow and her work for the fellowship year focuses on closing the substance use treatment gap for youth living with HIV. She is involved in implementing the QualityRights initiative in Kenya.



September 13, 2022

Becky Genberg, PhD

B. Frank and Kathleen Polk Assistant Professor

Johns Hopkins

Bloomberg School of Public Health



October 11, 2022

Rico Ainslie, PhD

Dell Medical School 

University of Texas at Austin

"Needs Assessment"



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