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10th World Conference on Injury Prevention & Safety Promotion

List of speakers who were at the 2010 Safety Conference: 


Dr Etienne Krug

Director, Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability
World Health Organization

Since 2000 Dr Krug has served as Director of the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. In this position he has overseen the development of several world reports and guidelines, major intergovernmental resolutions, country projects, and preparations for global advocacy events such as World Health Day 2004 and the First UN Global Road Safety Week. Before joining WHO, Dr Krug was an epidemiologist at the CDC in Atlanta, USA. Prior to that he worked in war torn countries for Medecins sans Frontieres and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Dr Fred Rivara

Holder of the Childrens Guild Association Endowed Chair in Pediatrics, Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology
University of Washington, USA

Dr Rivara's contributions to the field of injury control have spanned 30 years. He served as founding director of the Harborview Injury and Research Center in Seattle for 13 years and was the founding president of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention. His research interests have included the efficacy and promotion of bicycle helmets, prevention of pedestrian injuries, youth violence, firearm injuries, intimate partner violence, alcohol abuse in trauma patients and the effectiveness of trauma systems in the care of pediatric and adult trauma patients.

Dr Hans Rosling

Professor of International Health
Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Hans Rosling is professor of International Health at Karolinska Institutet, the medical university in Stockholm, Sweden. When working as a young doctor in Mozambique he discovered a formerly unrecognized paralytic disease that his research team named konzo. His 20 years of research on global health concerned the character of the links between economy and health in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has been adviser to WHO and UNICEF, co-founded Medecines sans Frontiers in Sweden. Using animations of global trends Hans Rosling lectures about past and contemporary economic, social and environmental changes in the world. His award-winning lectures on global trends have been labeled 'humorous, yet deadly serious'.

Dr Ileana Arias

Principal Deputy Director for CDC and ATSDR

Ileana Arias, PhD, serves as Principal Deputy Director for CDC and ATSDR. In this role, she serves as the principal advisor to the director on all scientific and programmatic activities of CDC/ATSDR. Dr. Arias is responsible for advising the director in the executive responsibilities of shaping policies and plans for CDC/ATSDR.

Dr. Arias became the Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) in July 2005, where she has worked to prevent injuries and violence and reduce their consequences. Previously, she served as acting director of the Center since June 2004, and was the chief of the Etiology and Surveillance Branch in NCIPC's Division of Violence Prevention.

She currently serves as a member on the Advisory Boards of the Psychiatric and Forensic Doctor of Nursing Program of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Nursing, the National Safety Council, the Center for Risk Communication Research of the University of Maryland, and the European Center for Injury Prevention. Dr. Arias also currently serves as a member of the Defense Task Force on Sexual Assault in the Military Services. Dr. Arias holds a BA, from Barnard College, and a MA and PhD, both in psychology, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Dr Jeremy Shiffman

Associate Professor of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Syracuse University, USA

Jeremy Shiffman is a political scientist by training, he researches the politics of health policy and administration in poor countries. He has a particular interest in health agenda-setting: why some issues receive priority while others are neglected. Among other topics, he has investigated maternal survival, newborn survival, family planning, donor funding for health and health systems reform. Prior to working in academia he served as an executive with the international public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, and as a social worker, working with Vietnamese boat people.

Dr Lakshmi Vijayakumar

Department of Psychiatry, Voluntary Heath Services

Chennai International Association of Suicide Prevention India

Dr Lakshmi Vijayakumar founded Sneha in 1986 – India's is premier suicide prevention centre. She was instrumental in the inclusion of suicide prevention in the National Mental Health Policy of India and is currently working towards decriminalization of attempted suicide. Dr Vijayakumar is a member of the WHO's Network on suicide research and prevention and a member of the International Academy of Suicide Research. She was the Vice President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention for four years and is currently the national representative for India. She has been conferred with Bharathi; Gnananda; Woman of the year and For the sake honour awards in India.

Dr Olive Kobusingye

Injury Control Center
Makerere Medical School, Kampala, Uganda

Olive is a Ugandan surgeon and injury epidemiologist based in Kampala, Uganda. Between 2003 and December 2008 she was the regional advisor on violence and injury prevention at the WHO's regional office for Africa. Before joining the WHO Olive was on faculty at Makerere University, Department of Surgery, where she worked as an accident and emergency surgeon at the Mulago Hospital, the largest referral hospital in Uganda. She was the founding executive director of the Injury Control Center Uganda, now a WHO collaborating center in violence and injury prevention. Olive's main interests are developing and maintaining injury surveillance systems, improving emergency trauma care, and road safety in low-income countries, especially Africa.

Dr Shrikant Bangdiwala

Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center
The University of North Carolina, USA

Dr. Bangdiwala is professor of biostatistics at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and core faculty of the Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has extensive experience in the design, conduct and analysis of multi-center clinical and community-based studies, in diverse diseases, including cardiovascular disease, functional bowel disease, HIV/AIDS, cancer and herpetic eye disease. Dr. Bangdiwala also has extensive worldwide experience on studies of unintentional injury, and on child abuse and family violence. He is a member of the Affiliate Support Center for Evaluation, supporting the WHO Collaborating Center on Community Safety Promotion at Karolinska.

Dr. Linda Dahlberg

NCIPC/Division of Violence Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA

Dr. Dahlberg serves as one of the senior advisors on matters of science and policy to the Director of the Division of Violence Prevention. She also coordinates global research and programmatic activities for the Division and serves as a subject matter expert and consultant on a number of national and international scientific planning committees and advisory boards. Dr. Dahlberg has spent much of the past eighteen years working in the area of violence prevention, addressing a wide range of public health problems including youth violence, child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, sexual violence and suicidal behaviour. She has provided consultation support to researchers and practitioners across the United States and has also assisted countries in Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

Floor Lieshout

Chief Executive Officer
Youth for Road Safety

In 2009 Floor joined the World Health Organization with the mission to support WHO's road safety efforts, in particular, those focused on young road users. His tasks included the creation of a Youth Taskforce and a global network of young road safety advocates which had to evolve into an independent global youth NGO for road safety in 2010. The NGO was officially launched during the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Moscow and is named by the network YOURS - Youth for Road Safety. Currently Floor holds the position of Chief Executive at YOURS.

Ian McPherson

Assistant Commissioner
Metropolitan Police Service, London

Ian started his career in Lancashire Constabulary in 1979. He was appointed Assistant Chief Constable in Merseyside Police in April 2001. He also took command of Corporate Development which included developing the strategic direction of the force. In 2005 he was appointed Deputy Chief Constable in North Yorkshire Police where he oversaw Corporate Development and Performance and played a pivotal role in the implementation of Neighbourhood Policing throughout the force.

Ian was appointed Chief Constable of Norfolk Constabulary in December 2006, introducing an Organisational Development Programme of work to ensure a customer focused service. In 2008 Ian was appointed the National Lead of the newly created ACPO Business Area for Children & Young People. He is also a member of the Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Antisocial Behaviour.In January 2010 Ian was appointed Assistant Commissioner of Territorial Policing for the Metropolitan Police Service, with responsibility for the delivery of policing across London. He is currently leading a major development programme within the MPS to deliver local, tailored and flexible, yet cost effective services. Ian was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the 2008/9 New Year’s Honour's List.

Ms Zsuzsanna Jakab

Regional Director for Europe
World Health Organization

Ms Zsuzsanna Jakab has been the World Health Organization's Regional Director for Europe since 1 February 2010.

Before her appointment, Ms Jakab served as the founding Director of the European Union's European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm, Sweden. Between 2005 and 2010, she built ECDC into an internationally respected centre of excellence in the fight against infectious diseases. Prior to her tenure at ECDC, Ms Jakab was State Secretary at the Hungarian Ministry of Health, Social and Family Affairs where she managed the country's preparations for European Union accession in the area of public health. Between 1991 and 2002, she worked at the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen in a range of senior management roles.

Born in 1951 in Hungary, Ms Jakab holds a Master's degree from the Faculty of Humanities, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest; a postgraduate degree from the University of Political Sciences, Budapest; a diploma in public health from the Nordic School of Public Health, Gothenburg, Sweden; and a postgraduate diploma from the National Institute of Public Administration and Management, Hungary. She began her career in Hungary's Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in 1975, being responsible for external affairs, including relations with WHO.

Professor Nerida Smith

Foundation Head
Pharmacy School, Griffith University, Queensland

Nerida Smith was appointed Foundation Head of the Pharmacy School at Griffith University, Queensland in 2005, and is the Professor in Pharmacy. A pharmacy graduate of The University of Sydney, she returned to Australia after 17 years in Dunedin, New Zealand, where she lectured at the University of Otago's School of Pharmacy and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Nerida has worked as a poisons information specialist and practised in hospital and community pharmacy.

Nerida was made a Fellow of the New Zealand Pharmaceutical Society in 2004, for her service and commitment to the pharmacy profession. Nerida has a strong interest in the prevention of poisoning, and was made a national Kidsafe Hero in New Zealand for her advocacy in preventing child poisonings. She participates in international toxicology collaborations including the provision of poison prevention resources and assisting developing countries to set up poisons control centres for the WHO's International Programme on Chemical Safety. She worked closely with the New Zealand police to deliver medicines and drug education programs in primary and secondary schools. Nerida was the consultant research pharmacist to New Zealand's National Poisons Centre, and she has been involved in committees in NZ and Australia concerned with poisoning surveillance and prevention, medication-related deaths, medication safety, nurse and pharmacist prescribing, patient education, methadone services, medication packaging and labelling, and pharmacy legislation, ethics and practice.

Professor Rachel Jewkes

Director, Gender and Health Research Unit
South African Medical Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa

A public health physician, epidemiologist and social researcher, Rachel has spent the last 15 years researching the interface of gender inequity and gender-based violence and their intersections with health, particularly HIV. She has spent many years developing the health sector response to rape in South Africa, through research, policy development and recently the development of a national curriculum for post-rape care. Rachel is the Secretary of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative of the Global Forum for Health Research and a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Injury and Violence Prevention and Control.

Professor Sir Michael Marmot

Director: International Institute for Society and Health; MRC Research Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health
University College London

Michael Marmot has led a research group on health inequalities for the past 30 years. He is Principal Investigator of the Whitehall Studies of British civil servants, investigating explanations for the striking inverse social gradient in morbidity and mortality. Michael Marmot leads the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and is engaged in several international research efforts on the social determinants of health. He was Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health set up by the World Health Organization in 2005: 'Closing the Gap in a Generation'. At the request of the British Government, he conducted a review of health inequalities, which published its report 'Fair Society, Healthy Lives' in February 2010.

Tom Shakespeare

Technical Officer, Department
 of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability
World Health Organization

Tom Shakespeare trained in sociology at Cambridge University,
 and has worked at the Universities of Sunderland, Leeds and Newcastle.
 His research interests are in disability studies and bioethics, and his
 books include Disability Rights and Wrongs (2006) and Genetic Politics:
 from Eugenics to Genome (2002). He has extensive media and cultural
 experience. He currently works as a Technical Officer in the Department
 of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability at the WHO in Geneva.

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