8th Annual Global Health Fair 2024


This is a hybrid event and will be provided in person and via Zoom.

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Download the schedule-at-a-glance here

*Note :  this is a hybrid event so all presentations will be available whether you attend in person, over Zoom or both.*

The annual Global Health Fair focuses on global health education and research relating to biomedical science, individuals and communities. The Global Health Fair provides an opportunity for researchers, clinicians and educators to share their medical knowledge and scholarship on various topics related to global health, as well as provide an opportunity for networking and bridge-building across disciplines. As with previous Fairs, the 8th Annual Global Health Fair will be held in conjunction and in collaboration with the Biomedical Global Health Research Network (BGHRN) and University of Alberta International (UAI) International Week events Feb. 5 - 9, 2024. 

We encourage our participants to join us in person in Room 134 at the Telus International Centre, 11104 87 Ave NW, Edmonton to connect with others as well as our speakers.  We will have coffee breaks, snacks and lunch provided; posters available for viewing in the Telus Atrium throughout the day followed by a poster contest from 4 - 5 pm. Some of our speakers will be joining us over Zoom since they live in international locations.  Others will be attending in person and available to connect with during the breaks. Hope to see you there in person but if this is not possible, join us by Zoom.  All those who register receive a Zoom link. Contact ghfomd@ualberta.ca if you have any questions.

*Note :  this is a hybrid event so all presentations will be available whether you attend in person, over Zoom or both.

Advancing Neonatal Care in Resource-Limited Settings (Zoom Presentation)

with Dr. Stella Kyoyagala and Dr. Elias Kumbakumba
9:10 am - 9:40 am

Climate Change and Health in Somalia (Zoom Presentation)

with Léo Tremblay and Emmanuel Yussuf, MSc.
9:40 am - 10:10 am

Break:  10:10/10:15 am - 10:30 am 

Climate Health: Finally in the spotlight at COP28 (Zoom Presentation)

with Dr. Joe Vipond
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Abstract #1:  Ultrasound imaging and the culture of pregnancy management in low-and middle-income countries: A systematic review (In-Person Presentation)

with Janat Ibrahimi
Authors:  Janat Ibrahimi, Zubia Mumtaz
11:00 am - 11:10 am

Abstract #2: Vaccine adjuvants and Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) differentially affect antibody responses toward subdominant epitopes in recombinant proteins (In-Person Presentation)

with Mohammad Rafiul Hoque
Authors: Mohammad Rafiul Hoque, Daniel Ferrer Vinals, Simranjit Grewal, John Klassen, Stephanie K. Yanow
11:10 am - 11:20 am

Abstract #3:  Nanoparticle formulation of a novel lipopeptide-based intranasal vaccine for SARS-CoV2 infections (In-Person Presentation)

with Adrien Lam
Authors:  Adrien Lam, Mohammad R. Vakili, Afsaneh Lavasanifar, Raj S. Patel, Babita Agrawal
11:20 am - 11:30 am

Lunch:  11:30 am - 12:00 pm in rooms 131 & 133 Telus International Centre, 11104 87 Ave NW, Edmonton

Keynote:  Doubling Down--Making a Difference by 2030 (Zoom Presentation)

with the Honourable Bob Rae, Ambassador and Permanent Resident of Canada to the UN.  Moderator is Dr. Andy Knight.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Market/Share: Canada's role in innovation and access for tools to tackle future global challenges (Zoom Presentation)

with Adam Houston, PhD
1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Diagnostics & Dilemmas in Parasitological Infections (Zoom Presentation)

with Ruwandi Kariyawasam, PhD
1:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Break:  2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Abstract #4: Rhabdomyolysis, acute kidney injury, and mortality in Ebola virus disease: retrospective analysis of cases from Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2019 (Zoom Presentation)

with Kasereka Masumbuko Claude
Authors: Kasereka Masumbuko Claude, Daniel Mukadi-Bamuleka Richard Kitenge-Omasumbu, François Edidi-Atani, Meris Matondo Kuamfumu, Sabue Mulangu, Olivier Tshiani-Mbaya, Kambale Malengera Vicky1, Placide Mbala-Kingebeni, Steve Ahuka-Mundeke, Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum, Bonita E. Le6, Stan Houston, Zubia Mumtaz, Michael T. Hawkes
2:30 pm - 2:40 pm

Abstract #5:  Organization and structures for detection and monitoring of CKD across world countries and regions: Observational data from a global survey (In-Person Presentation)

with Somkanya Tungsanga
Authors: Somkanya Tungsanga MD PhD, Winston Fung MBBChir (Cantab), Ikechi G. Okpechi PhD, Feng Ye MSc,1 Anukul Ghimire MD, MSc, Philip Kam-Tao Li MD, Silvia Arruebo, Fergus J. Caskey MD, Sandrine Damster, Jo-Ann Donner, Vivekanand Jha MD, Adeera Levin MD, Charu Malik PhD, Masaomi Nangaku MD, Syed Saad BSc, Marcello Tonelli MD, David W. Johnson MD PhD, Aminu K. Bello MD PhD
2:40 pm - 2:50 pm

Abstract #6:  Ethical challenges in global surgery collaborations: perspective of surgical care providers in Liberia (In-Person Presentation)

with Madeleine Kruth
Authors:  Madeleine Kruth, Lemfuka Dieudonné, Farhad Udwadia, Catherine Binda, Emilie Joos, & Shahrzad Joharifard
2:50 pm - 3:00 pm


Break:  3:00 pm - 3:10 pm

Moving from pre-clinical trialing for a peptide-based vaccine to prevent Strep A infections (Zoom Presentation)

with Dr. Michael Good
3:10 pm - 3:55 pm

Poster Contest (In Person in Telus Atrium)

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm



Social Determinants of Maternal Health

with Zubia Mumtaz, MBBS, MPH, PhD
9:10 am - 9:40 am

Solar Power Oxygen Delivery For Childhood Pneumonia in Low Income Settings

with Nicholas Conradi, BSc, MPH, MD, PhD Candidate
9:40 am - 10:10 am

Gender, Displacement & Health: Examining reproductive health of conflict-affected women in Nigeria

with Oluwankemi Amodu, RN, PhD
10:30 am - 11:00am

Quality Improvement-Integrated Kangaroo Mother Care (QIiKMC) – combining quality improvement (QI) and clinical education enhances implementation. 

with Khalid Aziz
11:00 am - 11:15 am

Humanitarian Performance: Linking MEAL, Networks, and Standards in Practice

with Sarah Pollock
11:15 am - 11:30 am

Keynote Address:  Allyship in Global Health

with Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD, FCAHS
12:00 - 12:50 pm

An evolutionary cell biology perspective to understanding protistan pathogens of humans

with Ross Waller, PhD
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Combining Health Calendars & Cash:  Building formal financial & health numeracy among poor women in Northern Pakistan

with Salima Meherali, PhD, RN
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Evaluating a cross-reactive epitope in VAR2CSA as a target of immunity in P. vivax and P. falciparum exposed populations

with Uwa Iyamu
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Needles in a Haystack: The Search for the Next Great Antiviral

with Gabrielle Gate
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

The silent infection – Hepatitis B virus – and how we can keep it from being so quiet!

with Vanessa Meier-Stephenson, MD, PhD
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Importance of Community Engagement in Epidemic Responses: 

Ebola in Eastern Congo as an Example

with MSF Representative AnneMarie Pegg, RN, MD, MSc
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Recordings of speakers who presented abstracts for the 2021 Fair can be found here.  

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, 9:10 am - 9:45 am MST 
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, 9:45 am - 10:00 am MST
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, 10:00 am - 10:15 am MST

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, 10:30 am - 11:00 am MST
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, 11:00 am - 11:15 am
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, 11:15 am - 11:30 am MST
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, 11:30 am MST
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm MST

Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, 9:10 am - 9:45 am MST
Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, 9:45 am - 10:00 am MST

Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, 10:00 am - 10:15 am MST

Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, 10:30 am - 11:00 am MST

Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, 11:00 am - 11:15 am MST

Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, 11:15 am - 11:30 am MST

Building Local Community Focused Research Capacity in East Africa and Elsewhere:
Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm MST