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About the Webinar Series

The Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science (CTRIS) in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH, will host the new NHLBI Global Health Implementation Research Webinar Series. This webinar series is part of CTRIS’ efforts to help expand global research and training collaborations, and make readily accessible to investigators and practitioners in Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), emergent knowledge and model studies relevant to the conduct of dissemination and implementation research in global NCDs. The webinars are intended for early-stage investigators, established researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and anyone interested in conducting implementation research in low-resource settings.

About the Presentation

LMICs are experiencing a growing burden of NCDs and confront challenges of leadership, lack of local data and evidence, and gaps in implementation of successful interventions. To address these challenges, an interdisciplinary training program, the Public Health Leadership and Implementation Academy (PH-LEADER) for NCDs was designed to create a new generation of health leaders to meet the health needs of the 21st century. The year-long program is directed at mid-career, high-potential public health professionals from LMICs who are involved in NCDs prevention and control. Academy participants engage in sessions designed to cultivate the soft and hard skills required to inspire and lead change within their organizations and beyond. Presenters will provide an overview of the program, outcomes and impacts so far, and perspectives on developing innovative models for implementation research capacity building in LMIC settings.

About the Speakers

K. M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, MBA

Dr. Narayan is regarded as a national and international leader in chronic diseases and in translational research. Prior to August 2006, he was Chief of the Diabetes Epidemiology and Statistics Branch at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and led a number of large U.S. national epidemiological, health service research, intervention, and economic studies. Dr. Narayan was an intra-mural scholar at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases with the Pima Indian Study of diabetes, where he completed the first diet-exercise intervention study in that population. He designed and led the TRIAD Study, a multi-site cohort study of diabetes quality of care and outcomes. He has served on the Executive and Investigators’ Committees of ACCORD, a multi-center RCT of cardiovascular disease prevention among people with diabetes, and is an investigator in the DPP (a multi-center RCT of lifestyle and metformin for diabetes prevention). He directs The Emory Global Diabetes Research Center.

Karla Galaviz Arredondo, PhD

Dr. Galaviz is a translational scientist whose research focuses on translating effective, evidence-based physical activity interventions into public health and clinical practice. Her clinic-based work has focused on understanding psychosocial factors that influence physician physical activity promotion practices and on implementing interventions in Mexico and Canada. Her community-based and policy work has encompassed strategies for promoting physical activity among Hispanics in the U.S. and identifying translatable interventions in Latin America; and on evaluating the implementation, impact of policies, and development evidence-based tools, to increase children’s physical activity in Mexico. Dr. Galaviz is currently a postdoctoral fellow with the Emory Global Diabetes Research Center working on estimating the real-world impact of efficacious lifestyle interventions for diabetes prevention.

Mark Hutcheson, BA

Mark Hutcheson is Managing Director of the Global Diabetes Research Center at Emory University and has oversight responsibility for all of GDRC’s research and training activities. He is an expert in research administration, particularly in the context of large-scale studies in non-US settings.


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