May 04th, 2022
Join the BRCCH's Early-Career Events 2022
The BRCCH endeavours to foster the development of aspiring young researchers who will pioneer the next frontiers in global paediatric medicine and health. The BRCCH’s Early Career Programme aims to provide unique opportunities for its community members to gain know-how in research areas at the heart of the Centre’s mission and to grow their global network.
This year, the BRCCH invites its early-career community members to join local and international speakers in a series of interactive workshops on topics across the Centre’s mandate.
Understanding Key Needs in Global Paediatric Health
Tuesday, May 24th 2022 (main lecture 14.00-15.45; roundtable 16.00-17.15 pm CET)
Basel Biozentrum, room U1.191
Main Speaker: Prof Yvonne Maldonado, Stanford University, USA
Moderator: Prof Julia Dratva, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) & University of Basel, Switzerland
Panel members: Prof Alan Stein, University of Oxford, UK; Dr Marc Birkhölzer, University of Basel, Switzerland; Prof Thomas Berger, Secretary and Chief Medical Advisor at NEO FOR NAMIBIA
Participants will learn about the particularities and challenges of conducting translational research in paediatric health. Participants will also gain perspective on the biggest medical gaps in paediatric health today across high-, middle- and low-income countries. The lecture will be followed by an interactive debate with a panel of experts on the topic: How the COVID-19 Pandemic has affected Global Paediatric Health. The discussion will mainly focus on: i) mental health in young people, ii) disruption to life-saving paediatric health services such as immunisation and antenatal care.
Find out more about our speakers below
Prof Yvonne Maldonado
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics
Department of Epidemiology and Population Health Stanford University School of Medicine, USA
Yvonne Maldonado is Professor of paediatrics, epidemiology, and population health, and Chief of the division of paediatric infectious diseases at the School of Medicine, Stanford University. She also currently serves as Stanford Medicine’s Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Diversity. Prof Maldonado's research focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of viral infectious diseases such as paediatric HIV, polio, measles and Ebola. Her work on mother-to-child transmission of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa is credited for preventing hundreds of thousands of newborns from acquiring HIV. She also leads research on the development and implementation of vaccines in low- and middle-income countries.
Visual: Stanford University
Prof Julia Dratva
Institute of Public Health, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Medical Faculty, University of Basel, Switzerland
Prof Julia Dratva is a public health expert with a focus on child and adolescent health and early life factors of health and disease. She is the Head of the Public Health Research Unit at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and an Assistant Professor in the Medical Faculty at the University of Basel.
Prof Dratva is a medical doctor by training with a background in internal medicine. She also holds a Master degree in Public Health and a Specialist Certification (FMH) for "Prevention and Public Health". She has a particular interest in the life course approach to health and disease in research and teaching, addressing vulnerable groups and vulnerable time spans. She also has research interests in cardiovascular health, health monitoring, health literacy and digital health.
Prof Alan Stein
Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, UK
Alan Stein is Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, Honorary Professor in the School of Public health at the University of Witwatersrand and a member of the faculty of the African Health Research Institute, South Africa. His main area of research concerns the development of children and adolescents in the face of adversity. Ultimately the priority is to develop interventions. He has led three Lancet series on: i) The mental health of internally displaced and refugee children, ii) Perinatal mental health, iii) The communication of life-threatening conditions to children.
Prof Thomas Berger
Secretary and Chief Medical Advisor at NEO FOR NAMIBIA - Helping Babies Survive
Prof Thomas Berger is a paediatrician specialised in neonatology and intensive care. With more than 25 years of experience in neonatology in various high-income countries, he decided to share his knowledge with physicians and nurses in less privileged countries. Therefore, he and his wife founded the non-profit organisation NEO FOR NAMIBIA – Helping Babies Survive in 2017. The team has just launched their 14th mission in Rundu State Hospital to improve neonatal and paediatric care in Namibia.
Dr Marc Birkhölzer
Psychiatrist, University of Basel, Swizterland
Dr Marc Birkhölzer is currently a senior physician at the Juvenile Forensic Department of the Psychiatric University Clinics of Basel (UPK). His research focuses on personality disorders. Over the years, he has built an extraordinary network of collaborators in countries all over the world.