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Global Health Network- Supercourse Developers     

LaPorte    Linkov    Lovalekar    Shubnikov   Padilla    Huang    Sauer   Ardalan    Shihsani  Marler  Dodani   Husseini   Trufanov   Songer   Choubnikova  Sa    Rico Verdin    Acosta   Sekikawa   Aaron      

Ronald E. LaPorte, Ph.D.

· Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology in 1977, Masters degree in Epidemiology, 1981
· 505 publications in Epidemiology, Global Health, and Internet
· First Distinguished Teacher, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh 1989.
· Lillienfeld Award, APHA for outstanding life time achievement in education
· Director, Disease Monitoring and Telecommunications, WHO Collaborating Center, Dept of Epidemiology · Developer and PI of the WHO multinational Project for Childhood Diabetes, involving 155 centers in 70 countries
· 1994 Developer, Global Health Network,
· Numerous funded national and international projects from NIH, and NASA
· Kelly West Diabetes Epidemiology Award from the American Diabetes Association

Faina Linkov, Ph.D.

· PhD in Epidemiology in 2005, MPH Community and Behavioral Health Science, 2001, University of Pittsburgh,  B.S.Psychology, 1999 with Certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine
· Maternal and Child Course coordinator, Pennsylvania Governor School for Healthcare (Summer 2002, Summer 2003)
· Project Coordinator/Program Assistant at Magee Womancare International, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC Health System, 1999-2001
· Research interests: cancer biomarkers, chronic disease epidemiology, Internet, and Maternal and Child Health
· 20 publications in Epidemiology, Public Health, and Internet
· Current Position: Research Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

Mita Lovalekar, M.B.B.S, MPH

· M.B.B.S. from Seth G.S.Medical college and King Edward Memorial Hospital, Bombay, India, 1998
· Research interest: Application of the internet to dissemination of Medical information, Maternal and child health.
· Participated in Pulse Polio Immunization and Family planning camps at rural districts in India.
· Carried out a survey of Lactation practices amongst the mothers of babies born at King Edward Memorial hospital, Bombay, India and published a paper about the findings in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology of India
· Current position: MPH/PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology at the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

Eugene Shubnikov, M.D.

· MD from Novosibirsk Medical Academy, Novosibirsk, Russia, 1985
· Research scientist for Laboratory of Epidemiology and Prevention of chronic noncommunicable diseases, Institute of Internal Medicine, Novosibirsk, Russia
· Member of the European Association for the study of Diabetes (from 1992)
· Responsible executor, WHO Multinational Project for Childhood Diabetes (DIAMOND) (1990-1999)
· Research Fellow in Department of Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh (February-June, 2000)
· Supercourse coordinator of Internet prevention Program among Former Soviet Union Countries
· Supercourse developer

Nicolas Padilla Raygoza, MD

· M.D. University Autonomous of Guadalajara and University National Autonomous of Mexico(1984)
Pediatrician by Mexican Council of Certification in Pediatrics (1986)
· Diploma in Methods of Clinical Research (2003), CoNaPeMe
· Diploma in Knowing EPIINFO 2003 (2004), CoNaPeMe and University of Tlaxcala
· Diploma Postgraduate in Epidemiology, University of London (2005)
· Medical Coordinator of LatinAmerican Supercourse of Women's Health (School of Nursing and Obstetrics, University of Guanajuato, Mexico.
· Professor in Pediatrics, Statistics, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, School of Nursing and Obstetrics of Celaya, University of Guanajuato, Mexico.
· Member of Mexican Academy of Pediatrics (1998).
· Associate Member of American College of Epidemiology (2001)

Jianshi (Jesse) Huang, MD, MHPE, MPH, MBA
· Assist President of Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
· Assistant President of Peking Union Medical College (Medical center of Qinghua University)
· Dean for Continuing Medical Education, and professor of epidemiology.
· MD from the Sun Yet Sen University of Medical Science at Guangzhou, China in 1983, two master degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA (Master of Health Professions Education (1988) and Master of Public Health (1990) specialized in epidemiology), and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Ashland University of Ohio, USA (1997)
· Additional training in health resource management from the University of Illinois, in health planning from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
Francois Sauer, MD


· MD, University of Mexico, UNAM; MBA, Harvard Business School program in Mexico City; and ·MS Systems Analysis, Spanish-American University, Mexico City
· CEO Trans Am Group. Trustee of the Baker University Board. Board member of the International Relations Council.
· Prior to this, he was the CEO of Cerner International, which produces IT products for health industry applications including presence in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and Europe.  At Transquest, Inc., he participated in an expansion strategy for the AT&T joint venture with Delta Airlines.  Before that, he was at AT&T's Global Information Solution (old NCR)
· 1994 Developer, Global Health Network. Author of numerous publications on health care, IT, telecom, and the options for their collaborative application.

Ali Ardalan MD,MPH,PhD


· Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Health Emergency & Disaster Division (HE&DD), Institute of Public Health Research, Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS), Iran
· Field of interest: Disaster epidemiology
· Developer of several Just-in-Time (JIT) Supercourse lectures about Bam earthquake, Asian Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina & Rita, Pakistan earthquake
· Author or co-author of 4 books and 14 peer reviewed articles on the epidemiologic methods and public health

Kawkab  Shishani, PhD



· Ph.D. from University of Pittsburgh in 2003
Associate professor of Community Health Nursing

· 20 publications in smoking cessation, NCD prevention, and global health

· Invited to co-author chapter books: 1) Quantitative Methods (Chapter 8). Nursing Research: The International Council of Nurses Perspective (2009), 2) Global Cardiovascular Health (Chapter 43). Cardiac Nursing (6th ed) (2009), and 3) Nursing Interventions in Tobacco-Dependent Patients with Cardiovascular Diseases (Chapter 12). Annual Review of Nursing Research "Advancing Nursing Science in Tobacco Control (2009)
Well established record in translating research into practice, community activities, and international activities

· Serves as editor of Saudi Medical Journal, Applied Nursing Research, McMaster PLUS/PIER/EB Journals, International Nursing review

· Consultant for the Jordanian National Council for Family Affairs (NCFA)
Recipient of World Bank Volunteer Service Award in 2002
Nominated for: Research Dissemination Award, Sigma Theta Tau 2009, Sasakawa  Award “WHO” 2007, King Abdullah-II Creativity Award 2007

· Serve as the coordinator for nursing supercourse

Eric Marler, M.A., M.D., C.M., Dip. Med., F.A.C.P.

· Educated at McGill University (1949-1961). He worked for the IBM Corporation from 1965 to 1993.
In 1993, he retired from IBM and became a consultant serving international corporations active in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa.
· He has authored and co-authored articles, theses, book chapters and/or web sites in the history of science, internal medicine, physical biochemistry, public health, botany, disaster preparedness, and a variety of industry and corporate sectors.
· He served as Trustee (1988-1993) and later Chairman of the Child Health Foundation (1999-2002) and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Japan Heritage Foundation. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Metis Beach Community Association and served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Volunteers in Technical Assistance (1990-1999). He also served as Trustee of the International Center for Research on Women (1980-90). He was Co-Chairman of the Disaster Communications Preparedness Sub-Committee and Member of the International Disaster Advisory Council of the U.S. Department of State, Agency for International Development, chaired by Mrs. Marilyn Quayle (1990-92)
Sunita Dodani, M.D., PhD, MS, FCPS

· Ph.D. in Epidemiology, 2006
· Global Health certified Aug 2003- July 2005
· Masters in Clinical epidemiology 2000-2002
· MD 1987- 1996
· Developer SAHPA ( South Asian Health Preventionists Association ) 2004
· Developer Pakistani Supercourse 2003
· Rosen Kranz award of best presentation on Dean's day April 2004
· National Gold Medal Award of best youngest researcher of Pakistan 2000
· Aga Khan Foundation scholarship award 2001

Abdullatif S. Husseini PhD. MPH, MS

· Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and head of the MPH program, Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University- Palestine.
· Fellow, Palestine Academy of Science and Technology
· Ph.D. in Epidemiology, College of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway, 2002
· M.P.H., College of Medicine, University of Wales, UK, 1995
· M.S., Department of Life Sciences, Indiana State University, USA, 1990
· Research interest: Epidemiology of diabetes mellitus, brucellosis, and Epidemiology and the Internet

Andrey I. Trufanov , PhD

· Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics, 1980, M.S. in Radiation Physics, 1973, St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University, St. Petersburg, Russia
· 100 publications in Radiation Physics, Computer Simulation and Information Security
· Numerous funded contracts with leading Russian ITT and Space Corporations
· Professor, Irkutsk State Technical University, Irkutsk, Russia, since 1995
· Award of the Ministry of Education, Russian Federation, 2001
· Director, Information Policy Center, Irkutsk State Technical University, Irkutsk, Russia, 2001-2003
· Member, Editorial Board, Russian National Journal “Security of Information Technologies”, Moscow, Russia, since 1997
· Research Fellow: School of Law, University of Zaragoza, September, 2003; School of Information Sciences , University of Pittsburgh , February-June, 2000; National Research Center for Computers and Law, University of Oslo, February-April, 1998
· European LEFIS Nework(“Legal Framework for the Information Society”) collaborator , since 2003.
Thomas J. Songer, M.Sc., Ph.D.
· Assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh.
· Secondary appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh.
· Adjunct appointment in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie-Mellon University.
· Research interests in the areas of diabetes, injuries and health economics. He has completed projects addressing the socio-economics impact of diabetes and the motorvehicle crash risks associated with medical conditions.
· Currently working on projects to identify the medical cost related to child abuse and the role of health insurance in diabetes health care outcomes.
· Five years experience in using internet to teach classes in chronic disease and injury epidemiology ( and
· Former Member, Armed Forces Epidemiology Board Committee for Injuries.
Julia Choubnikova, M.S.

· Novosibirsk  State University,   Novosibirsk,  Russia (M.Sc.1987)
· 1987-1993 Engineer, Institute of computer systems, Novosibirsk, Russia
· From 1993 Research Scientist for Center of Endocrinology "Sibdiab"
· Member of the European Association  for  the study of Diabetes from 1994
· Current position: technical consultant for the Supercourse project

EunRyoung Sa, M.S.                          (secondary member)  

· MS. Health Education, Ewha Woman's Univ., Seoul, Korea, 1994.
· MS. Information Science and Telecommunication Technology, Ajou University, Seoul, Korea, 1998.
· Researcher. Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, Seoul, Korea: Health and Medical Reform in Korea/ Information System and Telemedicine in Medical and Public Health Area and the health policy, 1995-1996.
· Researcher. Ajou University, School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea: Telemedicine System for Home-care Nursing, 1997-1998.
· Researcher. Heidelberg University, School of Medicine, Heidelberg, Germany: The Quality of Health Information on the Internet/ The Impact of Using the Internet for Health & Patient Education, 1999.
· Current Position: Ph.D. Student of Epidemiology in the University of Pittsburgh.
Beatriz Rico Verdin, M.D., M.Sc.,  (secondary member)  

· M.D. from the National University of Mexico, 1988
· Specialization in Epidemiology from the Mexican Institute of the Social Security, 1995
· Master Degree in Medical Informatics from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, 1999.
· Epidemiologist of the Mexican Institute of the Social Security, 1995-1998.
· Assistant professor in graduate courses in the Mexican Institute of the Social Security, 1996-1998
· 6 publications in epidemiological topics related to diabetes mellitus and chronic gastritis
· Ph.D. student of Epidemiology from 1999 in the University of Pittsburgh.
Benjamin Acosta, M.D.
(secondary member)

· M.D. from the National University of Mexico, 1990
· Specialization in Epidemiology from the Mexican Institute of the Social Security, 1995
· Head of the Department of Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies, Ministry of Health, Mexico 1996
· Ph.D. student of Epidemiology from 1996 in the University of Pittsburgh.
Akira Sekikawa M.D., Ph.D., Ph.D.

· Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
· Fellow, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, American Heart Association
· Ph.D. in Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, 1999
· M.P.H. in Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, 1996
· Ph.D. in Medical Science, Yamagata University, Japan, 1991
· M.D., School of Medicine, Tohoku University, Japan, 1983
· Research interest: Epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes
· Principal Investigator of American Heart Association funded research project (2001-2002).
· University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Scientific Award, 2001
· Japanese Society of Internal Medicine Award, 1991
· Former resource person for the WorldBank
Deborah J. Aaron, Ph.D., M.S.I.S.


Deborah J. Aaron Ph.D.
Born: June 13, 1956 Brookville, Pa.
Died: Wednesday, April 23, 2008

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