2013 Keynote Speakers
Dr. Jasjit Ahluwalia, M.D. is professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and the executive director for the Center for Health Equity. Dr. Ahluwalia is also an associate director for the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) and director for clinical research education, training and career development for the CTSI and the newly funded CTSA. Dr. Ahluwalia also continues his NIH-funded research and is currently senior scientist on six NIH grants and is mentoring six faculty members and a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Ahluwalia has published almost 200 papers and received $20 million in funding as a principal investigator and over $80 million as a co-investigator, largely from the NIH. He served as the inaugural chair of a newly charted NIH study section titled, Health Disparities and Equity Promotion, and this year began service for a 3-year term on a NIH National Advisory Council for the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities.
Dr. Mark P. Becker, the seventh president of Georgia State University, began his tenure on Jan. 1, 2009. Under Becker’s leadership, GSU has overseen the launch of a variety of research initiatives focused on excellence among faculty, students. These initiatives, the cornerstone of which is the university’s strategic plan adopted in 2011, are aimed at positioning GSU as a premier urban research university. Prior to his appointment to GSU, Becker served as executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of South Carolina. He also has held administrative leadership roles at the University of Minnesota, and the University of Michigan and has held academic positions at the University of Washington, the University of Florida and Cornell University.
Dr. Loida Bonney, M.D., is an assistant professor at the School of Medicine at Emory University with an adjunct appointment at the Rollins School of Public Health. Her overarching research interest is in understanding more about HIV and sexually transmitted infection risk in an effort to decrease racial and ethnic health disparities in this field.
Dr. Nazeera Dawood M.D., M.P.H., has a Master’s degree in Public Health from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her Medical Doctor degree from Bangalore University, India. Currently, she is leading the Division of Health Promotion at the Fulton County Department of Health & Wellness.
Dr. Michael Eriksen Sc.D., Is dean of the School of Public Health and Director of the Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research at Georgia State University. Dr. Eriksen received his training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and has had a long and distinguished career in public health. Prior to GSU, Dr. Eriksen was Director of the Office on Smoking and Health at the CDC where he played a leadership position in attempting to develop tobacco control policy for the United States. Dr. Eriksen received numerous awards for his work including the Tobacco or Health Commemorative Medal from WHO. In 2004, the Georgia Cancer Coalition designated him as a Distinguished Cancer Scholar.
Richard Fogelson, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton. Richard is an Attorney with deep medical and legal expertise. He has done a broad range of work counseling health systems nationwide on regulatory, clinical, operational and strategic initiatives. Richard leads a team within Booz Allen Hamilton engaged in supporting public health behavioral research and programs support services.
Dr. Christina Hemphill-Fuller is an assistant professor of environmental health in the Institute of Public Health at Georgia State University. Her research interests include characterization of pollution exposure, environmental epidemiology and environmental justice. Her current research is in the area of traffic-related air pollution and its effects on biomarkers of cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Rodney Lyn, Ph.D., M.S., is an Assistant Professor and Interim Associate Dean in the Institute of Public Health at Georgia State University. His research is focused on childhood obesity prevention, school and community health, and the reduction of health disparities. He has special interest in identifying effective policy and system approaches to increasing physical activity and healthy eating in children. Dr. Lyn is an active member of the CDC-supported Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN). He serves as Deputy Director for the Center for Excellence on Health Disparities at Georgia State University.
Dr. Richard Rothenberg, M.D. is a Regents’ Professor of public health at Georgia State University. Dr. Rothenberg joined the Institute of Public Health as a professor in May 2007. He had previously served at Emory University as professor of medicine from 1993 to 2007, and prior to that had spent 25 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over the past several decades, he has conducted research that examines the dynamics of transmission of infectious diseases, primarily HIV, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and the blood borne illnesses (BBIs), with particular emphasis of the effects of social, sexual and drug-using networks on transmission. He is currently a principal investigator on a National Institute on Drug Abuse-sponsored project focused on the geographic aspects of social network interactions. Dr. Rothenberg has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, primarily in the fields of STD, HIV and epidemiologic methods. In 2002, he received the Parran Award for lifetime contributions to the field of STDs. He is the current editor-in-chief of the Annals of Epidemiology.
Dr. Richard Warnecke is a social epidemiologist and professor emeritus in epidemiology, sociology and public administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Health Research and Policy. He remains a fellow of the Institute for Health Research and Policy. He is co-director of one of ten Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities. The center’s focus is breast cancer disparities. Over his career of 43 years he has focused on various aspects of health in underserved communities concentrating his work in cancer (breast, cervical, and tobacco cessation). Warnecke has been actively involved as researcher in cancer control for more than 40 years and has a long-standing relationship with the National Cancer Institute, as both a principal investigator and a grant reviewer. He received one of the first Cancer Control Science Program Grants ever awarded by NCI, and has published two books and more than 80 articles concerned with cancer control topics. Lately his interests have focused on multilevel approaches to addressing health disparities, specifically on the potential impact of federal programs such as the Federally Qualified Health Centers on addressing disparities among medically underserved populations.