Saturday, March 24th, 2012
8.30 am - 5.00 pm
Harvard Law School Wasserstein Hall
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E-Health Solution

The E-Health Solution: Scientific Discoveries that will change lives

A Liver Function Test can now be performed using patterned paper, a quick and cheap diagnostic tool. What other medical breakthroughs in design and technology are changing the frontiers of healthcare delivery in the developing world?


Dr. Una Ryan, CEO Diagnostics for All

Dr. Ryan is the CEO of Diagnostics For All. She has an extensive background in leading biotech companies and was formerly the President and CEO of AVANT Immunotherapeutics, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company developing vaccines. Dr. Ryan is also Research Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and serves on its Board of Visitors. She serves on a number of boards including Waltham Technologies Inc., AMRI Global, IQuum, the Business Advisory Board of BIO Ventures for Global Health, the Scientific Advisory Board of Genocea, Inc. She is past Chair of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, served on its Board (1996-2008), as well as the Board of the Biotechnology Industry Organization. She is a member of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Collaborative Leadership Council, and the Climate Change and Green Energy Council. Dr. Ryan holds a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Cambridge University and BS degrees in Zoology, Microbiology and Chemistry from Bristol University. She received an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Bristol University in 2009. She was a Howard Hughes Investigator, NIH MERIT Awardee and an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association. In 2007, she received the Albert Einstein Award for outstanding achievement in the life sciences and was the recipient of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Award in 2009. In 2002 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded her the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to the research, development and promotion of biotechnology. She has written over 500 original papers and 11 books.

Lars Hagander, MD, Program of Global Surgery, HMS, SANA mobile technology

Dr. Hagander is a pediatric surgeon and the Paul Farmer Global Surgery Research Fellow at the Program for Global Surgery and Social Change, Harvard Medical School. His research addresses outcomes and barriers to surgical care in Low and Middle Income Countries, with a focus on pediatric surgery and on how workforce migration, poverty, horizontal training programs and health information technology relates to global surgery. Dr. Hagander participates in international surgical missions and works with health technology development at MIT. Dr. Hagander is a MPH candidate at the Harvard School of Public Health and a PhD Candidate in international child health at Lund University, Sweden.

Kristian R Olson, MD, MPH, DTM&H, MGH Center for Global Health

Dr. Kristian Olson is on staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital as an Inpatient Clinical Educator in the Department of Medicine. He trained in the Harvard Combined Program in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and is a faculty member of Harvard Medical School. He is on the MGH Executive Committee for Global Health and is a Faculty member of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. In October 2006, he assumed the role as Program Leader of CIMIT's Global Health Initiative directed at developing effective catalyst health technologies for low-income countries. He attended medical school at Vanderbilt University as a Justin Potter Scholar and, in 1996, was a US Fulbright Scholar to Australia where he completed a Masters of Public Health Degree in Epidemiology and International Health. In 2003, Dr. Olson was the first Thomas S. Durant Fellow in Refugee Medicine during which he obtained a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in London before spending most of 2003 working in refugee camps along the Thai-Burmese Border. In 2005, he worked with the American Refugee Committee in Darfur. Since 2005 he has worked as a consultant with the International Organization of Migration (IOM) in Tsunami-affected regions of Sumatra. He has also worked on health projects in Cambodia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. He was named as one of the Scientific American Top 10 Honor Roll in June 2009 which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated leadership in applying new technologies and biomedical discoveries for the benefit of humanity.

William R. Rodriguez, M.D., CEO Daktari Diagnostics, Inc.

Bill Rodriguez, M.D. – C.E.O.

Bill has been a leader in global health for more than two decades. His expertise has made him a valued advisor to the World Health Organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and several African and Asian governments. From 2003-2007 he served as Chief Medical Officer of the Clinton Foundation, responsible for strategy and market development for global health products and clinical policies and programs. He is a graduate of Brown University and the Yale University School of Medicine.

Moderator: AJ Kumar

After receiving his B.S. in Physics from Stanford in 2007, A.J. packed his bags and headed to rural South Africa, where he spent two years working in education as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer. A.J. is working on his PhD in Applied Physics under Prof. George Whitesides and Prof. Bob Westervelt at Harvard University. He is developing novel tools to do blood analysis in resource limited settings. He is a co-organizer of FluidicMEMS, a quarterly meet-up of professionals and students in the Boston area interested in microfluidics and BioMEMS. He also co-founded and co-organizes Diagnostic Innovations in Global Health, a group that brings together students and scientists at Harvard, MIT, and BU to brainstorm new solutions to detect diseases in low-resource settings. In addition to his time in South Africa, he has spent time in Belize, Kenya, and India learning about access to healthcare and technology.

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