Researchers

Arijit Nandi

AriArijit Nandi is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed at the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health at McGill University. The principal investigator of MACHEquity, Dr. Nandi is primarily interested in the understanding the effects of social policies on health and health inequalities in a global context. Other interests include: (1) assessing multilevel associations between economic characteristics, including both individual-level and population-level exposures, and population health and (2) applying causal methods for addressing challenges to the study of social determinants of health. A former Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at Harvard University, Dr. Nandi received a PhD from the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Timothy F. Brewer

TimTimothy F. Brewer is the Vice-Provost, Interdisciplinary and Cross Campus Affairs for the University of California, Los Angeles. In this role he works with faculty, students, deans, the Senate and senior campus administrators to establish strategic initiatives that bridge departments and Schools across UCLA, facilitating collaborations that focus the Campus’ diverse expertise on Society’s most pressing challenges. Trained as a physician and epidemiologist, Dr. Brewer has published extensively on using analytic methods to optimize the control of infectious diseases in populations, particularly tuberculosis and HIV. His current research interests focus on the prevention and control of multiple drug-resistant tuberculosis, global risk factors for emerging diseases and the improvement of worldwide outbreak surveillance programs. He has served on advisory boards and/or review panels for the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health among others. His work on MACHEquity focuses on the effects of public policies on morbidity and mortality from tuberculosis and HIV across the different sites.

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Cesar Carcamo

Cesar Carcamo

Cesar Carcamo is an Associate Professor at the School of Public Health, Cayetano Heredia University.  He graduated as MD from Cayetano Heredia, and obtained his MPH and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington. He will participate in MACHEquity in mentoring and training activities. The focus of Dr. Carcamo’s work is methods of epidemiology, with emphasis on sexually transmitted infections, global health, and health informatics.  He has participated in the design, implementation, analysis and publication of a number of epidemiologic studies in these topics.

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John W. Frank

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John W. Frank trained in Medicine and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, in Family Medicine at McMaster University, and in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, after serving in Mbeya, Tanzania as a Medical Officer and Instructor of Medical Assistants from 1976 to 1979.  He has been Professor (now Professor Emeritus) at the University of Toronto, in the Department of Public Health Sciences (now the Dalla Lana School of Public Health), since 1983.  He was the founding Director of Research at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto from 1991 to 1997.  In 2000, Dr. Frank was appointed inaugural Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Population and Public Health. In July 2008, he became Director of a new Edinburgh-based Unit, funded by the Medical Research Council and the Scottish Chief Scientist Office: the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy. The Collaboration seeks to develop and robustly test novel public health policies and programs to equitably improve health status in Scotland through the convening and ongoing support of researcher/research-user consortia.  Prof. Frank also holds a Chair at the University of Edinburgh in Public Health Research and Policy. His broad research and professional interests concern the determinants of population and individual health status, and especially the causes, remediation and prevention of socio-economic gradients in health. Prof. Frank will act as a senior population health expert and medical epidemiologist on MACHEquity, focusing on quantitative measures of population health status — both overall, and in terms of health inequalities.

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Patricia Garcia

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Patricia Garcia is currently Dean of the School of Public Health (FASPA) and adjunct professor of the School of Sciences at Cayetano Heredia University (UPCH) in Peru, and director of the Unit of Epidemiology, STDs and HIV.  She is also Affiliate Professor at the Department of Global Health, at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health, and Affiliate Professor of the School of Public health from Tulane University.  She is the former Chief of the Peruvian National Institute of Health and she  has also worked at the National STD/AIDS Program in Peru as chief of comprehensive care for patients with HIV/AIDS and STDs and as Vice Dean of Research at UPCH.  In addition, Dr. Garcia was a member of the Senior Technical Advisor Group of the Reproductive Health Department at the World Health Organization, Geneva (2003-2009), chair of the WHO HPV Expert Advisory Group, secretary of research of the Latin American Association for the control of STIs (ALAC), and member of several International Scientific societies.  She is actively involved in research and training on STIs and HIV, global health and informatics and training in Peru, and she is the primary investigator for numerous grants including the Frameworks for Global Health in Peru, the QUIPU informatics research training center for the Andean region, a Gates funded project for the implementation of rapid syphilis tests for pregnant women in Peru and co-investigator for the ICORHTA project (operations research in TB and HIV).  She was recently awarded a grant from Grand Challenges Canada, with the goal of understanding the technical, social, and economic factors that affect implementation of innovation, specifically, point of care diagnostics (POC) and developing and testing a model of implementation of POC in maternal and child health that could be used by other low-income countries. Dr. Garcia brings her expertise in infectious disease to the MACHEquity training and research committees.

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Eduardo Gotuzzo

EduardoEduardo Gotuzzo is a Professor at the department of Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Tropical Medicine at Universidad  Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru, and Director of both the Alexander von Humboldt Institute of Tropical Medicine and the Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine. In addition, he is the head of the department of infectious diseases and tropical medicine at the Cayetano Heredia Hospital. He works on several research areas and teaches on emerging diseases, TB, HTLV-1, free-living amoebas, brucellosis, typhoid fever, cholera, leptospirosis and parasites. Dr. Gotuzzo has also contributed extensively to the field of tropical medicine with more than 405 publications at the national and international level, and more than 45 book chapters.

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Sam Harper

Sam HarperSam Harper is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health at McGill University and is a member of the McGill University Centre on Population Dynamics and the Montreal Health Equity Research Consortium. He has a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Michigan. His research focuses on understanding population health and its social distribution, with specific interests in measuring health inequalities, global health, demography, cancer epidemiology, causal inference, and ethical issues in public health. His work on MACHEquity is focused on quantitative methods for assessing the impact of health and social policies on health status and its distribution.

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Jody Heymann

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Jody Heymann is currently Dean of the Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA.  The original principal investigator on MACHEquity, Dr. Heymann is the leading team expert on global health and social policy.  Prior to her appointment at UCLA, Dr. Heymann held a Canada Research Chair in Global Health and Social Policy at McGill University in Montreal, and was the Founding Director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy, the Project on Global Working Families and the World Policy Analysis Center. Heymann continues to lead WORLD, the first global initiative to examine health and social policy in all 193 UN nations. This initiative provides an in-depth look at how health and social policies affect the ability of individuals, families and communities to meet their health needs across the economic and social spectrum worldwide. In addition to carrying out award-winning global social policy research, Heymann conducted some of the original studies on the risk of HIV transmission via breast milk to infants in Africa, the impact of HIV/AIDS on tuberculosis rates in Africa, and how labor conditions impact the health and welfare of families globally.  She has authored and edited more than 200 publications, including 15 books.  Children’s Chances: How Countries Can Move from Surviving to Thriving (Harvard University Press, 2013) examines what all 193 UN nations could do and are doing with respect to child poverty, education, health, labor, marriage, discrimination, and disability to increase equity. Deeply committed to translating research into policies and programs that improve individual and population health, Dr. Heymann has worked with government leaders in North America, Europe, Africa and Latin America as well as a wide range of intergovernmental organizations including the World Health Organization, the International Labor Organization, the World Economic Forum, UNICEF and UNESCO.

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Jay S. Kaufman

jay_kaufmanJay S. Kaufman holds a doctorate in epidemiologic science from the University of Michigan (1995). After a post-doctoral position at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine (Chicago, IL) from 1995-1997, he was Medical Epidemiologist at Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte, NC) from 1997 to 1999. From 1999 through 2008 he held positions as Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health at Chapel Hill and as Faculty Fellow of the Carolina Population Center.  In 2009 he began his current position as Professor and Canada Research Chair in Health Disparities in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University.  He is also currently appointed as Visiting Professor in the School of Public Health of the University of Chile, Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, University of Michigan School of Public Health (Ann Arbor, MI), and Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC).  Dr. Kaufman’s work focuses on social epidemiology, analytic methodology, causal inference and on a variety of health outcomes including perinatal outcomes and cardiovascular, psychiatric and infectious diseases.  He is an editor at the journal “Epidemiology” and an associate editor at “American Journal of Epidemiology.”  With J. Michael Oakes he is the co-editor of the textbook “Methods in Social Epidemiology.”  He has over 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals.  A co-investigator on MACHEquity, Jay is a member of both the training and research committees.

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Arnab Mukherji

ArnabArnab Mukherji is currently an Assistant Professor at the Center for Public Policy, IIM Bangalore. His research interests focus on empirically modelling individual decisions in a wide range of development contexts. Much of his work has been in the area of health and rural development in India. He received his MA in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and his PhD in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, CA. His work on MACHEquity focuses on studying the effects of diverse social policies on health equity.

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Shailen Nandy

Shailen Nandy is currently a Research Fellow at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. He obtained his PhD from them University of Bristol, as well as MScs in Policy Research, Development Administration and Planning, and Development Studies. His work focuses on child poverty in low- and middle-income countries, including measurement of poverty and child nutrition. He has published widely on policies and best practices Dr. Nandy has worked extensively with UNICEF, as well as with the World Health Organization, the UK’s DfID, and the Christian Children’s Fund, USA. An expert on the use of household surveys, Dr. Nandy works with DHS and MICS data within the MACHEquity initiative.

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Gilles Paradis

Gilles Paradis

Dr. Gilles Paradis is Chair of the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Additionally, he has been named holder of the Strathcona Chair in Epidemiology. Dr. Paradis is an accomplished clinician-scientist whose research interests focus on public health. He is also a consulting physician at the Institut national de santé publique du Québec. There, Dr. Paradis has pursued population health intervention research and investigations into the organization of public health services. He also created and led the Quebec Population Health Research Network and the Quebec Strategic Training Initiative in Public Health Research. Dr. Paradis completed his MD at the Université de Montréal.  After earning his master’s degree in epidemiology and completing a residency in public health and preventive medicine at McGill and the MUHC, he spent two years at Stanford University as a fellow in the Center for Disease Prevention Research. Dr. Paradis returned to Montreal and McGill in 1989, where he has since practiced public health, first at the Direction de santé publique de Montréal, and then from 2005, at the Institut national de santé publique du Québec. With close to 200 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and editorials in his name, Dr. Paradis is recognized widely for his expertise and is invited regularly to speak in North America and abroad. He has been awarded substantial funding over his career and in 2005 received the Coeur argent award from the Fondation des maladies du coeur du Québec. He is also an elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

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Linda Richter

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Linda Richter (PhD) is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Human Sciences Research Council, an Honorary Professor at the Universities of KwaZulu-Natal and the Witwatersrand in South Africa and a Research Associate in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Oxford University. From 2003-2006, she was a Visiting Researcher at the University of Melbourne, and from 2007-2010 a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University (USA). From 2010-2012 she was on a two-year contract from the Human Sciences Research Council to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Geneva, as Senior Specialist (Health of Vulnerable Children) for half of her time. Dr. Richter is the project leader of Birth to Twenty Plus, a long-term birth cohort study of children in South Africa, and her main research interests are in children, youth and families in adversity. As co-investigator on MACHEquity, Dr. Richter heads the training committee and is the site supervisor in South Africa.

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Erin Strumpf

Erin Strumpf

Erin Strumpf is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University.  She received her BA in Economics and Latin American Studies from Smith College and her PhD in Health Policy and Economics from Harvard University. Dr. Strumpf’s research in health economics focuses on the effects of health policies on health care spending and health outcomes overall, and in inequalities across groups. Her work on MACHEquity includes investigating the health impacts of social policies aimed at improving human capital and the use of appropriate methodologies for causal inference. Dr. Strumpf currently holds a Chercheure-boursière from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé and the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec.

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Hema Swaminathan

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Hema Swaminathan is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India. Her broad interests are in the areas of poverty and inequality using a gender perspective. Her recent and on-going research focuses on wealth and asset distribution between men and women and its implications for welfare outcomes; examining the impact of inheritance and marital regimes on wealth accumulation; extending the concept of multidimensional poverty index from the household to the individual; understanding the links between economic growth and women’s labour supply; and exploring the effect of policy initiatives on health outcomes. Dr. Swaminathan has field-work experience both in India and Sub-Saharan Africa. She holds a PhD degree in Agricultural Economics from the Pennsylvania State University and MSc. in Economics from University of Bristol, UK. Prior to IIMB, Hema worked at the International Center for Research for Women, Washington DC.

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