The annual Global Health Fair is focused on global health education and research relating to biomedical science, individuals and communities.  This year our keynote speaker is Dr. Claudia Hudspeth, Global Lead, Health and Nutrition, Aga Khan Foundation, Switzerland.  Dr. Hudspeth will be speaking on "Nutrition:  A Key Ingredient to Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals".  The presentation will provide some basics on nutrition (types, epidemiology, conceptual framework) and why nutrition matters in the context of global health as well as locally in Alberta. The presentation will also touch upon evidence-based approaches to address undernutrition in least developed countries and the practical reality of implementing such programmes. Lastly, the presentation will address the importance of nutrition across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and why nutrition programming provides us with the impetus to do more integrated programming, critical to achieving the SDGs. 

Session Speakers:

Session 1 Biomedical Global Health
Dr. Nelson Lee, Session Chair:  Not just a cold --epidemics and pandemics caused by influenza and other respiratory virus

Dr. Nelson Lee is a professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases and is a viral disease specialist.  In 2002, after he completed his training in Vancouver, he returned to Hong Kong and started working as an infectious diseases specialist in the hospital that was the ‘ground zero’ of the SARS Hong Kong outbreak in 2003. Before he came to the University of Alberta in September 2017, he was working as an academic physician in universities and hospitals in Hong Kong for 15 years.  Besides doing research, he teaches undergraduates and postgraduates, and provides clinical service.

Sabrina Saba:  Drug-resistant TB among patients seeking care in private sector of Dhaka: A missed opportunity?

Sabrina Saba is in their first of study of a MSc, Health Policy Research in the School of Public Health.  Their supervisor is Dr. Jeff Johnson.  Other degrees obtained previously are a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) and a Master of Public Health (MPH).

Reshma Sirajee:  Investigating the role of CRP biomarker as a predictor of growth faltering in HIV-exposed uninfected infants in Uganda

Reshma Sirajee is in their first year of a MSc. in the department of Pediatrics.  Their supervisor is Dr. Michael Hawkes. Other degrees obtained previously include a BSc. in Biological Science with a minor in Psychology.

Yuba Raj Paudel:  Trend of full vaccination coverage and inequalities by household wealth quintile and maternal education in Nepal:  Evidence from demographic health surveys conducted between 2001 and 2016

Yba Raj Paudel is in their third year of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health.  Degree(s) obtained previously include a Bachelor of Public Health, a Master of Arts (Sociology) from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, a Master of Public Health, The University of Auckland, New Zealand 

Session 2 Global Health & Individuals
Dr. Stephane Bourque, Session Chair: Iron deficiency in pregnancy: short-term challenges and long-term consequences

Dr. Stephane Bourqe is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentristry’s Anaesthesiology & Pain Medicine Department.  He was awarded the title of Canada Research Chair in Developmental and Integrative Cardiovascular Pharmacology in June 2019. Dr. Bourque also has adjunct appointments in the Departments of Pharmacology and Pediatrics and is a member of the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute and the Cardiovascular Research Centre. His association with multiple research groups, and clinical and basic science collaborators at the University of Alberta underscores the multidisciplinary nature of his research program. Researchers like Dr. Bourque are bridging the gap between basic and clinical sciences and providing opportunities for translational research (“bench to bedside”). Importantly, the expansion of his work to the clinical realm will almost certainly allow for technology transfer opportunities, thereby linking research activity to improved human health.

Dr. Alvaro Osornio Vargas:  Air pollution and health -- A global problem and the role of local chemical fingerprints

Dr. Alvaro Osornio-Vargas research interest is in air pollution and related health effects. Specifically, he has focused on the effects of particulate matter at the experimental level. He has more than 100 publications, including six children’s books on Health Education. In August 2009, he joined Department of Paediatrics, University of Alberta to develop the research segment of a Children’s Environmental Health initiative. Currently, he is working on a project mapping the distribution of children’s disease and industrial air pollutants in Canada. He developed and started teaching a new course for the Paediatrics Graduate Program on Children’s Health and the Environment in 2013. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health, University of Michigan; the School of Public Health, Rutgers University and the School of Public Health, University of Alberta. He is currently President of the Paediatric Environmental Health Section of the Canadian Paediatric Society.

Annette Sanchez Enkerlin:  Deciphering the molecular mechanisms of vitamin A transfer into breast milk

Annette Sanchez Enkerlin is in year 4 of their degree in Physiology in the Department of Physiology with Dr. Robin D. Clugston as their supervisor. 

Session 3 Global Health & Communities
Dr. Solina Richter, Session Chair: 
The intersection of migration & access to health care -- Experiences and perceptions of female economic migrants in Canada

Dr. Solina Richter is Professor and Associate Dean, Global Health in the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta. She joined the Faculty of Nursing in 2003, following extensive community health experience in South Africa. Her research program focuses on the social determinants of health, and more specifically research with vulnerable women to inform public policies and frontline practices that protect and promote the health of the low socioeconomic and homeless populations. Dr. Richter believes that global collaboration has always been a fundamental part of scholarly development; globalization is accelerating the scope, rate, and importance of international research. She highlights that global collaboration is a prerequisite to bringing different perspectives to dialogue on key national and global issues; it facilitates our contribution to the global collection of knowledge and expertise on the management of the social determinants of health. It is essential that researchers combine resources and expertise on an international scale to adequately address complex and interconnected global issues.

Dr. Helen Vallianatos: Immigrant identities -- Using food to understand migration and health

Dr. Helen Vallianatos received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Oregon.  She has been at the U of A since 2006 and was promoted to Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts, Anthropology Department in 2012.  She will become a Full Professor in the Faculty of Arts in July this year.  As well as teaching she also serves as Associate Dean of Student Services. She was presented with the U of A’s Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 and the Research Excellence Award in 2016.

Mahesh Pundlik Kate:  Accredited social health activist for secondary prevention of stroke in rural population (ASSIST) study

Dr. Nahesh Pundlik Kate is passionate about improving outcomes in stroke patients. He was an AIHS Clinical Research fellow between 2013-2015 at the University of Alberta understanding cerebral perfusion and BP reduction.  After that he continued his work in rural and urban India at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab as an Intermediate Fellow with the India alliance, a Wellcome Trust funded project. He has developed stroke prevention educational material for patients which has been translated in 10 Indian languages and is being tested in a SPRINT INDIA study. He recently joined Alberta Health Services as a Neurologist.