Global Health Research Speaker Series

Global Health Research Speaker Series

Learn about a new global health topic at noon on the second Tuesday of each month at our Research Speaker Series.

Florence Jaguga, MBChB, MMed, presents “Implementing the QualityRights Initiative in Kenya”
Dr. Lonnie Embleton presents “Engaging underserved and marginalized adolescents in health services in Kenya: how are we doing?”
Omar Galárraga, PhD, presents “Integrated community-based HIV and non-communicable disease care within microfinance groups in Kenya: study protocol & preliminary baseline results from the Harambee cluster randomized trial.”
Dr. Aaron Berkowitz discusses the distribution of neurologists around the world.
Dr. Rachel Umoren delivers an intriguing presentation on virtual simulation and telesimulation.
Dr. Molly Duman Scheel discusses her lab’s work to control mosquitoes.
Dr. Ruben Hernandez presents about ethical global health training at the July 2021 event.
Dr. Faith Yego, Moi University School of Public Health, presents at the February 2021 Research Speaker Series.
Dr. Ken Cornetta presents about palliative care in western Kenya.
Dr. Fiona Miller, professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, presents “What is a Sustainable Health System?” during the June 2021 Research Speaker Series event.
Dr. John Humphrey presents his research on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV during the April 2021 Research Speaker series.
Dr. Rajesh Vedanthan from NYU presents at the January 2021 Research Speaker Series event.
Dr. Adrian Gardner presents about “The Role of a Global Health Organization During a Pandemic.”
Dr. Mabel Nangami presents on disruptive public health strategies for transformative change in Kenya’s health outcomes.      
Dr. Jimmy Carlucci presents on improving retention in HIV early infant diagnosis services in resource-limited settings.      
Dr. Caitlin Bernard presents on “Global Reproductive Health Issues” at the Global Health Research Speaker Series.
Dr. Mary Ott, IU School of Medicine, presents about human rights approaches to adolescent reproductive health.
Dr. Darron Brown presents on HPV and cervical cancer during the Research Speaker Series at the Regenstrief Institute social hub.
Dr. Laura Ruhl presents and update on the population health initiative with the AMPATH program in Kenya.
Dr. Aaron Ermel presents about HPV in western Kenya and biobanking.
Dr. James Cleary updates the audience on improvements in global palliative care.
Dr. Una Osili discusses the long-term impacts of civil war during the monthly research speaker series.
Dr. Horacio Duarte presents during the August 2020 Global Health Research Speaker Series.

Upcoming Events


June 13, 2023

Esi Thompson, PhD

Esi Thompson, PhD, is an assistant professor and teaches public relations courses at the Media School, Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research focuses on health risk/crisis communication, development communication and strategic communication. She has studied how communication surrounding the Ebola outbreak was undertaken and received by the affected communities and how this could inform public communication/policy around infectious disease outbreaks in developing contexts. Her research on Covid-19 has focused on using an informational intervention as a misinformation prophylaxis as well as understanding how risk information on Covid-19 is communicated and received.

She was previously a communication consultant in Ghana and served various clients both local and international.


July 11, 2023

Ana Bento, PhD

Ana Bento, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatics in the Indiana University School of Public Health--Bloomington. A population ecologist by training, her research focuses on developing mathematical models to understand the eco-evolutionary, demographic and environmental drivers of seasonal epidemics and (re) emerging diseases.


August 8, 2023

Palka Patel, MD and Shaina Hecht, MD

Dr. Patel is assistant professor for Clinical Medicine at the IU School of Medicine and has served as a team leader for AMPATH Kenya.

Dr. Hecht is assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine and is the associate director for Pediatric Global Health Education.


September 12, 2023

Niki Messmore, MS

Niki Messmore is director of Medical Service Learning for the Indiana University School of Medicine. She will be discussing global engagement and the application of trauma-informed practices and critical race theory and global research applications.


October 10, 2023

E. Angeles Martinez-Mier, DDS, PhD, MSD

Dr. Martinez-Mier is the associate dean for Global Engagement and chairperson of Cariology, Operative Dentistry and Dental Public Health at the Indiana University School of Dentistry.


November 14, 2023

Scott Coven, MPH, DO

Dr. Scott L. Coven is an assistant professor of Pediatrics faculty member of the division of pediatric hematology-oncology at Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children. He is active in promoting awareness of brain tumors in children, as well as employing technology to improve the quality of life for childhood cancer survivors. He is passionate about global medicine and is utilizing his expertise to expand neuro-oncology services in Kenya.


December 12, 2023

Michael Davis, PhD

Assistant Research Professor of Pediatrics

Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Davis’s research at IU is focused on airway pH regulation, airway disease pathophysiology and therapeutics, and novel exhaled biomarkers. He also provides respiratory and pulmonary medical training and service in Liberia, West Africa. He is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research and at the IU School of Medicine Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy, and Sleep Medicine. He serves as the Chair of Exhaled Breath Aerosols and Condensate for the International Association of Breath Research.

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