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Epidemiology and Population Health

Epidemiology and Population Health :
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GRAIS Rebecca

Director

In collaboration with partners and Epicentre staff, Rebecca Freeman Grais has focuses most of her work on population-based studies of the effectiveness of preventive measures. She is particularly interested in operationally relevant research and investigations that facilitate discussion and debate on public health issues affecting neglected populations.

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BAUDIN Elisabeth
statistician

Elisabeth Baudin joined Epicentre in November 2007. After a master on statistics, she worked for the French health insurance, CRO, and for pharmaceutical industry in France and in the US. She is now using her previous experience to carry the data management and biostatistics aspects of the therapeutical clinical trials conducted by Epicentre.

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CHENU Romain
Statistician
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COLDIRON Matthew
Epidémiologist
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HUERGA Helena
Epidemiologist

Helena Huerga is a medical doctor with a PhD in Medicine, a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and a Masters in Public Health and Epidemiology.

She has worked several years with MSF and other NGOs in the context of humanitarian crisis. Concerning the medical research, she has worked in the area of the infectious and parasitic diseases in immigrants as well as in the area of tuberculosis linked or not to HIV in resource-limited countries.

She joined Epicentre in 2009 with a field position and since 2012 she works at the headquarters. 

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ISANAKA Sheila
Epidemiologist

Sheila Isanaka joined Epicentre as a nutritional epidemiologist in September 2011.  Her work focuses on the design and implementation of Epicentre’s research studies related to the treatment of malnutrition and the interaction between malnutrition and infectious disease morbidity. 

Prior to joining Epicentre, Sheila worked with several non-governmental organizations and UN agencies to design and implement epidemiological research related to the identification and effective treatment of acute malnutrition in young children.  She received a Doctor of Science degree in Epidemiology and Nutrition from the Harvard School of Public Health, where her work focused on the relationship between micronutrient deficiency and the progression of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

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JUAN GINER Aïtana
Epidemiologist
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LANGENDORF Céline
Epidemiologist

Céline Langendorf joined Epicentre as epidemiologist in February 2011. She collaborates to the design and implementation of Epicentre’s research studies with a laboratory component. She was working as laboratory head and field coordinator at the Epicentre research centre In Niger during 18 months.

She graduated as a pharmaceutical doctor specialized in Medical Lab Sciences at the University in Lyon, France. She completed a master’s degree in International Public Health and Tropical Diseases and  a degree in Statistics Applied to Medicine and Epidemiology.

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LOAREC Anne
Anne Loarec, joined Epicentre as epidemiologist in 2013. She worked several years for MSF on the field and then  at the Paris headquater, as medical referent for projects conducted in four countries : Sudan, Kenya, Central Africain Republic and Georgia.
 
She's now working on the management of hepatitis C in patients co-infected wih HIV. 
 
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LUQUERO Francesco
Epidemiologist

Francisco Luquero joined Epicentre as Medical epidemiologist in November 2007. In his role he works on vaccine preventable diseases with special focus on rotavirus, cholera and measles in African countries. He collaborates as well in the implementation of rapid health assessments in emergencies context, surveillance systems and other operational research projects.

Francisco Luquero graduated as a medical doctor specialized in Public Health at the medical university in Valladolid, Spain. He completed a master’s degree in public health at the National Health School at Madrid, Spain, and obtained the European Program for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET) diploma in 2008

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MIRZAYEVA Radmila
Epidémiologist
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NACKERS Fabienne
Epidemiologist

Fabienne Nackers is a medical doctor who graduated in Epidemiology in Brussels (UCL/ULB) and London (LSHTM). She started her career as a research assistant (UCL) and obtained a PhD degree for her work on Mycobacterium ulcerans disease conducted in collaboration with the Institute of Tropical Medicine (Antwerp).

She joined Epicentre in 2006 and had worked in Uganda. She is  based in Brussels, at MSF-Belgium and is part of the department of Population Health but is also involved in field epidemiology, training and clinical research.

 

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NICHOLAS Sarala
Statistician

Sarala Nicholas is a medical statistician and has worked in the Department of Clinical Research for over 4 years.  Principal activities in the department include collaboration in the development of a software tool (FUCHIA, Follow-up and Care of HIV and AIDS) for HIV/AIDS program monitoring, evaluation and data quality assurance; data management and HIV cohort analyses and provision of technical support and training to FUCHIA users.

Prior to Epicentre, she worked in a diverse range of academic and non-academic institutions varying from communicable disease surveillance in the UK and public health in developing countries to mental health in Europe.

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PAGE Anne-Laure
Epidemiologist

Anne-Laure Page joined Epicentre in 2006. She is involved in the organisation of field studies on the diagnosis of infectious diseases in developing countries, with a special focus on the development and evaluation of simple diagnostic tools for field use.

After completing a PhD in molecular microbiology at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, Anne-Laure Page worked at the International Vaccine Institute in Seoul, Korea, and undertook a post-doctoral fellowship in virology at the University of California, San Francisco.

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POULET Elisabeth
Epidemiologist

Elisabeth Poulet worked on numerous MSF fields missions before becoming part of the Epicentre team in 2007. Her most recent missions focused on HIV and multi-resistant TB. She is part of the HIV team and is in charge of monitoring activities for the FUCHIA team, which has developed monitoring software for HIV patients and provides support for the MSF field missions that use it.

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SANCHEZ-PADILLA Elisabeth
Epidemiologist

Elisabeth Sanchez-Padilla joined Epicentre as Medical epidemiologist in May 2008. In her role she focuses on drug-resistant tuberculosis research, mainly in African and Eastern European countries.

Elisabeth Sanchez-Padilla graduated as a medical doctor specialized in Public Health at the medical university in Malaga, Spain. She completed a master’s degree in public health at the National Health School at Madrid, Spain.

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SCHRAMM Birgit
Epidemiologist

Birgit Schramm joined Epicentre as Epidemiologist in 2008. She is involved in diagnostic test evaluations (TB, HIV) and the scientific coordination of clinical trials on the efficacy and tolerability of anti-malarial treatments, with experience in South East Asian- and African settings.

Birgit Schramm studied Biology at the University of the Saarland, Germany, with a focus on the Molecular Virology of HIV during her PhD at the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology in San Francisco, CA. Following a postdoctoral research on the cell-biology of poxviruses at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, she obtained a master’s degree in control of infectious diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in London in 2007.

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TEICHER Carrie
Epidemiologist

Carrie Teicher joined Epicentre in August 2011 and is based in the MSF-USA office in New York. She works on a range of topics including environmental health, pediatrics and surgery. Currently she is developing the dossier of surgical epidemiology for Epicentre with a special focus on the reconstructive surgery program in Amman, Jordan.  

Her past positions have included both academic and NGO work, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. She served as the program director at The Center For Emerging Tropical Disease and AIDS (CEMTA) and currently is also a professor at Hunter College, City University of New York in the department of Public Health. 
 
She received her medical degree (MD) from the Sackler School of Medicine and also holds a master’s degree in public health (MPH) from Columbia University.  
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TIFFANY Amanda
Epidemiologist

Amanda Tiffany joined Epicentre as an Epidemiologist in September 2010. She earned her MPH from the University of California, Los Angeles with a focus in Global Health and Infectious Diseases.  Based in Geneva with MSF Switzerland, she participates in a variety of projects which include; mortality surveys, surveillance system implementation and operational research.  

Prior to joining Epicentre she was an Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellow with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Her international experience includes programs and consultancies in Botswana, Zambia, Angola, Niger, Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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