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Arsham Alamian

Dr Alamian is Associate Dean for Health Studies and Associate Professor at University of Miami (UM) School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS). A fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, Dr Alamian oversees the public health and health science programs of the UM SONHS. Dr Alamian’s research interests include cluster-risk and theoretical modeling of risk behaviors and risk factors for chronic disease including metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. He has been investigator on multiple NIH and state grants on pediatric obesity, metabolic syndrome, and biomarkers for chronic liver disease. Dr Alamian received his doctoral degree in public health, with specialization in epidemiology, from the University of Montreal School of Public Health. He completed a fellowship in public health through a Canadian Institutes of Health Research fellowship program at McGill University, and holds a master of science degree in pharmacy, with specialization in pharmacoepidemiology, from Laval University.

Alessandra N Bazzano

Alessandra Bazzano studies behavior and health over the life course, focusing on maternal, newborn, and child health & nutrition in low income populations, with an emphasis on context, culture, equity, and human connection. Through a concurrent appointment at the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, their scholarship explores human centered design approaches to health research. Dr. Bazzano's expertise, gained through two decades of work in international and domestic public health, includes developing and evaluating complex health interventions, design thinking, applied anthropology, qualitative methods, and formative research.

Simone Cesaro

Graduated in Medicine in 1988 at the University of Padua. Pediatrician in 1992. I have been actively involved in pediatric hematology and oncology, especially in chemotherapy for leukemia and lymphoma, supportive care, and early and late effects of treatment, and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT).

Appointed in 2009 Director of the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Unit at the Department of Pediatrics in Verona. Member of the scientific committees of several working groups including Pediatrics (for MASCC), Supportive Care (for SIOP), Aplastic Anemia, Infection (for EBMT), hematopoietic stem cell transplant, Infection, Supportive care (for AIEOP). Appointed in 2005 and 2015 Chairman of the Supportive Care Group and Infection of AIEOP (Italian Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology), respectively. Appointed in 2010, Chairman of Infectious Diseases Working Party of European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

Author of more than 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Medical advisor of the charities Paul O’Gorman Lifeline (UK) and Lifeline Italia, liaising with and advising pediatric hematology and oncology centers in Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan.

Maria Carmen Collado

Maria Carmen Collado (PhD 2005) holds a Research Scientist position at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA-CSIC) in Valencia (Spain). Her research work is multidisciplinary and includes microbiology, food science, nutrition and human health. Her interests are focused on probiotics, microbiota and health and nutrition during pregnancy and early life period.

Christopher Cooper

Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences at the University of Huddersfield, since 2015. Previously Junior Research Fellow, College Lecturer In Biochemistry and various postdocs at the University of Oxford (2013-15). Working on DNA replication, genome integrity and transcription factors in human cancers (and also in prokaryotes). Additional interests in phylogenomics and novel protein expression systems.

Kazumichi Fujioka

I received my medical degree from Kobe University in 2004. I completed my internship at Hyogo Prefectural Awaji Hospital, my pediatric residency at Kakogawa Municipal Hospital, and my fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Kobe University Hospital and Kobe Children’s Hospital.

In parallel with my clinical training, I also received basic research training with a focus on the pathophysiology of neonatal diseases, first as a Postgraduate student at Kobe University, and then as a Postdoctoral scholar in the Dept of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Throughout my Postgraduate training, I have been engaged in a wide range of clinical research projects, including two main projects: the ”Contribution of Genetic Polymorphisms of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor to Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia” and the “Regulation of Renin-Angiotensin Systems in the Monochorionic Twin Pregnancies Complicated by Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndromes”. During my fellowship at Stanford, my research focus was to understand the function of heme oxygenase (HO), the rate-limiting enzyme in bilirubin production, and its contribution to neonatal diseases, specifically neonatal hyperbilirubinemia and sepsis, using animal models. I currently serve as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine as well as Chief of Neonatology at Kobe University Hospital.

Andrew R Gray

I am a biostatistician in the Biostatistics Centre at the University of Otago, a role I have held since 2004. Most of my work involves collaborating on a wide range of research projects in the health sciences, particularly in paediatric obesity, sleep, and physical activity; respiratory epidemiology, mostly asthma and COPD; dentistry; and health systems. I also work on statistical methods research, mostly topics inspired by these collaborations.

Prior to my current position I was a software metrics and machine learning researcher in the Department of Information Science at the same institution.

Alex Kentsis

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University.

He leads research in the functional proteomics and genomic plasticity of refractory childhood cancers.

Susanne Krauss-Etschmann

Main research Interests:
A) Asthma is a major cause of morbidity in the Western world but curative therapies do not exist. Hence, we aim to understand how early life environmental exposures modify lung development development and the risk of developing asthma throughout life. We use animal models of prenatal exposure to tobacco/nicotine products and human samples.
B) The importance of a steady-state balance of resident and non-resident bacterial communities for human health is increasingly appreciated. Yet, factors driving the composition of such microbial communities remain poorly understood. Therefore, we currently investigate the influence of smoke on the structure and functionality of the lung microbiome and its interaction with the lung health.
Currently Funded Projects
2012 – 2016 Chair of COST Action BM1201 “Developmental origins of Chronic Lung Disease” http://www.cost-early-origin-cld.eu/
2013 – 2016 Understanding the role of the lung microbiome for human health and diseases”, HMGU Environmental Health Projects, Co-PI until move to University of Kiel; Project currently continued on a collaborative basis.
Since 2013 – 2018 PI within German Center for Lung Research www.dzl.de
2016 - 2018 Chair of “The lung Microbiota at the Interface between airway epithelium and the environment” funded by the Leibniz Association

Norbert A.R. Maïonchi-Pino

Since 2012, I am an Associate Professor in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology at Université Blaise Pascal. I work on learning and reading disorders (e.g., developmental dyslexia), psycholinguistics and reading acquisition.

Shivam Mehta

Dr. Mehta has expertise in the biology of orthodontic tooth movement, mini-screw assisted rapid palatal expansion, Artificial Intelligence in dentistry and a passion for improving the health and wellbeing of Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Dr. Mehta is thankful to the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation (AAOF), Northeastern Society of Orthodontists (NESO), National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) for supporting his research with more than 4 grants. He works as an Assistant Professor at Marquette University School of Dentistry, American Dental Association (ADA) Standard’s Committee - Represents the interests of United States regarding dental and orthodontic materials as an active member of ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products (SCDP)/Standards Committee on Dental Informatics (SCDI); Secretary American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Postgraduate Application Support Service Advisory Council; Northeastern Society of Orthodontists (NESO) Annual Planning Committee and moderator for scientific sessions; Past core-member of President’s Council on Race and Diversity.

Guillermo Mendez-Rebolledo

Guillermo Mendez-Rebolledo received his Doctoral Degree in Physical Activity and Sport Science from Universidad Pablo de Olavide (2020), his Master in Health Sciences and Sport from Universidad Finis Terrae (2013) and his Bachelor of Physical Therapy from Universidad de Talca (2009). His research interest is Muscle Physiology and Motor Control with a special focus on Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy. Prof. Mendez-Rebolledo currently works at the Escuela de Kinesiología, University Santo Tomás (Chile).