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José M. Belizán

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José M. Belizán, MD, PhD, a native of Argentina, is a medical doctor, with a PhD in Reproductive Health Sciences, Superior Researcher of his country's National Board of Science and Technology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Reproductive Health.

He is the former director of the Pan American Health Organization/WHO’s Latin American Center for Perinatology in Montevideo, Uruguay and currently is a senior scientist of the Department of Mother and Child Health Research at the Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is currently also Adjunct Professor of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has worked in many Latin American Institutions, including the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP), in Guatemala and Social Security Hospitals in Mexico. He is the former Director of the Centro Rosarino de Estudios Perinatales (CREP) and a former professor at the School of Medicine in Rosario, Argentina. He is an obstetrician and epidemiologist and has participated in numerous major perinatal trials.

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Suellen Miller

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Professor Suellen Miller is Director of the Safe Motherhood Program and Professor, UCSF Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Professor Miller has been practicing as a certified nurse-midwife since l977, in private and public practices, and is the author of the Hesperian Foundations’ “A Book for Midwives,” which has been translated into French, Spanish, Nepali, and Urdu. She conducts both qualitative and quantitative research, mainly in lower resourced settings, primarily focused on maternal survival and maternal health.  Her studies include contraceptive research in Africa and Asia, misoprostol clinical trials in Tibet and India, the clinical trials of the Non-pneumatic Anti-Shock Garment (NASG), and the continuum of maternal care in Peru, Dominican Republic, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Timor Leste, and Tanzania, among other reproductive and sexual health projects and programs. She is currently Principal Investigator on an NIH-funded study on community reintegration for women having had fistula repair surgery in Uganda and the integration of NASGs in 300 primary health care centers and ambulances in rural Tanzania. The author of over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, she has taught doctoral and postdoctoral courses in "how to write scientific journal articles."  Professor Miller is co-author of “Beyond Too Little Too Late, Too Much Too Soon,” in the Lancet 2016 Maternal Health Series. She is currently co-editing special sections of the Reproductive Health; one on Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation and one on Respectful Maternity Care.

Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli

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I work on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in the World Health Organization’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research. My work includes building the epidemiologic and evidence base, and supporting countries to translate this evidence into action through well-conceived and well-managed policies and programmes.

Last year, I co-published a review of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health policies and programmes in the twenty years since the International Conference on Population and Development. Building on that, my current area of work is on taking comprehensive sexuality education and adolescent friendly health services from ‘boutique’ projects to large scale and sustained programmes. My other areas of work are gender socialization in adolescents, puberty and menstruation, and child marriage.

I joined WHO’s Global Programme on AIDS in 1993. Since mid-1996, I have worked on adolescent health in different departmental configurations. Before joining WHO, I worked in Zambia, India and Zimbabwe for 12 years – providing primary care services (with a private Zambian company), preventing childhood malnutrition (with a Zambian NGO), preventing HIV and responding to people with HIV (with another Zambian NGO), setting up a regional training and mentoring initiative (with the Canadian Public Health Association); and funding HIV/AIDS related work (with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation).

Over the last twenty-two years:
• I have led or contributed substantially to a number of the World Health Organization’s publications including evidence reviews, policy and programmatic guidance, advocacy documents, training and self-learning materials and evaluation tools.
• I have travelled to countries around the world, where I have contributed to – and drawn from - the work of national level bodies and front-line organizations, in many different social, cultural and economic settings.

Building on these experiences, I have authored/co-authored nearly 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, newsletter articles, book chapters and books.

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Pierre Buekens

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Pierre Buekens is Dean of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University, New Orleans, where he is also W. H. Watkins Professor of Epidemiology and Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Buekens previously was Professor and Chair of the Department of Maternal and Child Health and Associate Dean for Global Health in the School of Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an obstetrician-gynecologist and former Vice-President of the School of Public Health at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium. Dr. Buekens served as President of the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health (ATMCH) and the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER). He is Corresponding Member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium. Dr. Buekens holds MD, MPH, and PhD from the Free University of Brussels (Belgium). In 2010 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Medical Sciences by the University of Suriname. Dr. Buekens’ research interests are in perinatal epidemiology and evaluation of perinatal services.

Shivaprasad Goudar

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Dr Shivaprasad S. Goudar, besides postgraduate training in medical physiology, has a Masters’ degree in Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

Dr Goudar has conducted a number of workshops on Curriculum Planning, Student Assessment, Research Methodology, Evidence Based Medicine and Computer Applications in Health Professions Education for faculty and postgraduate students of various medical colleges in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa.

Dr Goudar is the Course Coordinator for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Professions Education (PGDHPE) program offered by KLE University, Belgaum in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr Goudar is also engaged in the conduct of community based research aimed at reducing maternal and newborn mortality in Belgaum, Bagalkot and Bijapur Districts of Karnataka.

His research studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have focused on prevention of postpartum haemorrhage, training birth attendants for newborn resuscitation, home based intervention for improving neurodevelopmental outcomes in survivors of birth asphyxia, strengthening Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care services, and administration of Antenatal Corticosteroids for increasing survival in preterm babies.

He has several publications in international and national journals and has presented papers at many international and national scientific meetings.

Michael Mbizvo

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Dr Michael Mbizvo is a Professor at the University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

Prior to that, he was Director for Reproductive Health and Research and of HRP, at the World Health Organization (WHO), at it's headquarters  in Geneva, Switzerland, where he spent the last 16 years, before retiring in February 2013. HRP is co-sponsored as a Special Human Reproduction Programme, for Research, Research training and Development, by UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank.  He joined WHO in 1997, as a Manager for the Male Reproductive Health Research Programme, before moving to the Office of the Director in 2000 as a Senior Scientist and a deputy to the Director, in charge of technical support to countries and research capacity strengthening. He is also the founding Chairman of ZimHealth, a philanthropic organization formed in 2008 by Zimbabweans in Geneva, to make voluntary contributions towards access to maternal and child health care by poorer communities in Zimbabwe. ZimHealth has raised more than $500,000.00, to support various centers throughout Zimbabwe.  

Dr Mbizvo's career in reproductive health and research, which includes andrology, maternal mortality reduction, access to and quality of family planning services, HIV prevention and care, among others, has taken him to many countries globally. He has published more than 100 scientific articles, presented more  than 500 papers and written two books, in these areas.

Olufemi Taiwo Oladapo

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Dr Femi Oladapo is an Associate Professor and obstetrician-gynaecologist working at the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Unit, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Olabisi Onabanjo University /Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, Nigeria. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Medicine and Surgery, a Master’s degree in Public Health and the Fellowships of the West African College of Surgeons (FWACS) and International College of Surgeons (FICS). He served for several years as a master trainer and an international facilitator for the WHO workshops on Evidence-Based Decision Making in Reproductive Health, a training workshop aimed at promoting best reproductive health practices, and has been the WHO Reproductive Health Library (RHL) Nigeria focal person since 2006. He has been actively involved in research and training activities of the Centre for Research in Reproductive Health (CRRH), Sagamu, Nigeria (a WHO Collaborating Centre for Research in Human Reproduction) since 2000 and currently the Centre's Director of Clinical Research and Coordinator of Scientific Programmes. His main research interest lies in maternal and perinatal health, with special focus on evidence-based obstetric care and strategies to reduce near-miss and maternal mortality in underserved populations, and has published over 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He was the initiator and central coordinator of the largest surveillance network of tertiary institutions for quality of care assessment for near-miss and maternal death in Nigeria. Dr Oladapo has served as Consultant to the WHO's Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) on consolidating evidence base for guideline development and research prioritization in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. He is a review author and an Associate Editor for the Pregnancy and Childbirth Group of the Cochrane Collaboration.

Omrana Pasha

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Dr. Omrana Pasha is an internist and an epidemiologist with over 18 years of experience working on issues of women’s and children’s health. Dr. Pasha completed medical college at the Aga Khan University in Pakistan; post-graduate training in internal medicine from the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York city and her Masters of Science in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Pasha worked at Save the Children Federation, Inc. in Westport, Connecticut, USA and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA before joining Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan as a member of the faculty in 2004. Dr. Pasha currently serves as Associate Professor in the Departments of Community Health Sciences and Family Medicine at AKU. She has an active research portfolio with funding from the NIH, the Gates Foundation, US State Department and the French Development Agency. Her research portfolio emphasizes interventional research, particularly community-based trials conducted within international partnerships in both developing and developed countries, as well as surveillance activities. Dr. Pasha is the Director of AKU’s Clinical Research Track of the Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is closely involved in graduate education, designing and teaching courses on various aspects of epidemiology and providing mentorship and supervision for students’ research theses.

Enrique F Schisterman

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Enrique F. Schisterman, Ph.D., is a senior investigator and chief of the Epidemiology Branch. He earned both his master's degree in Statistics and his doctorate degree in Epidemiology from the State University of New York, Buffalo. Overall, his research interests focus on epidemiological methods and reproductive epidemiology. He has specific interests in biomarkers and their impact on general health, particularly women's health (i.e., endometriosis, infertility, and menstrual cycle function).