Operational Research Capacity Building with Sort It

Symposium Aim and Agenda
The overall goal of the symposium is to contribute to the operational research capacity building in Armenia with more specific objectives to make the country data-rich, information-rich and action-rich and
improve public health.
Venue: Manoogian Hall, 106E, 1st floor, PAB, AUA
Duration: 12:00 - 14:30
12:00 - 12:10  Welcoming and introduction of WHO/TDR by Garry Aslanyan, DMD, MPH, FRCD
12:10 - 12:20 AUA MPH program’s contribution to the country’s operational research capacity by Varduhi Petrosyan, PhD
12:20 - 12:40 SORT IT: what, why, how by Karapet Davtyan, MD, MPH, MBA
12:40 - 13:00  From a health equity research idea to publication at the International Journal for Equity in Health and beyond by Efrat Shadmi, PhD
13:00 - 13:20 The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries (JIDC): tips for publication by Salvatore Rubino, MD
13:20 - 14:20 Poster presentation and reception
14:20 - 14:30 Best poster award
Affiliations and Short Biographies of the Speakers
Garry Aslanyan, DMD, MPH, FRCD, Manager of Partnerships and Governance, TDR, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland

Dr Garry Aslanyan joined the World Health Organization’s Special Program on Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) in 2009.  He is responsible for managing a wide range of partnerships and engagement with global health stakeholders. Dr Aslanyan manages the collaboration of TDR with six regional WHO offices and coordinates the ESSENCE on Health Research, an initiative of research funders. In the past 20 years, Dr Aslanyan has taken on various roles that allowed him to lead various organizational and technical innovations and is a recognized leader in public health both in Canada and globally. Dr Aslanyan is the Editor-in-Chief of the UN Special magazine, a publication of the United Nations staff in Geneva, Switzerland. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, University of British Columbia and University of Ottawa and is past-president of the Ontario Public Health Association. Dr Aslanyan, has a background in dentistry, public health, research/innovation management, health policy and systems as well as global health diplomacy. 

Varduhi Petrosyan, PhD, Professor and Dean of AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health; Director of Zvart Avedisian Onanian Center for Health Services Research and Development; Yerevan, Armenia  

Dr. Varduhi Petrosyan earned her PhD from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management. She also has a Master of Science, focusing on environmental health, from the University of Idaho and a degree in biochemistry from Yerevan State University. She has successfully led health services research projects in Armenia and the region focusing on public health services, tobacco control, tuberculosis control, primary care, ophthalmic care, diabetes care, environmental health, and other important topics. Dr. Petrosyan teaches graduate courses in health services research, program evaluation, and comparative health systems. Dr. Petrosyan has authored many peer-reviewed publications and has extensively presented her work at international scientific meetings and conferences. She is currently the Associate Editor of the International Journal for Equity in Health, an open access, peer-reviewed journal.

Karapet Davtyan, MD, MPH, MBA, Deputy Director of FMD K&L Europe; President of TB Research and Prevention Center NGO; Yerevan Armenia

Dr. Karapet Davtyan is a medical doctor with more than ten-years research experience in private and public sectors. He is an AUA MPH and SORT IT, alumni. He has extensive experience in the National Tuberculosis Program, Operational and Clinical Research as well as Healthcare Information System Development and Implementation. Dr. Davtyan was the Coordinator of the 1st National Armenian innovative e-SORT IT Program. Statistics and healthcare data management were in the focus of his professional career development allowing him to get involved in Health Information Systems development, management and implementation in National and Hospital levels. Currently, he works as a WHO consultant to support the National Health Information System Development and Implementation in Uzbekistan. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented his work at various international scientific conferences.

Efrat Shadmi, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for Equity in Health; 
Associate Professor at the Cheryl Spencer Department of Nursing at the University of Haifa; Haifa, Israel

Dr. Efrat Shadmi Efrat Shadmi is an Associate Professor at the Cheryl Spencer Department of Nursing at the University of Haifa, Israel. As a Fulbright grantee, she received her doctoral education from the Department of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is also a Registered Nurse graduate of the University of Haifa. Professor Shadmi's research focuses on evaluating equitable health care delivery and its outcomes, evaluation of organizational mechanisms to reduce inequity in care, and on methods to better understand the distribution of morbidity between population groups. She also serves as a health policy consultant to Israel's largest non-profit healthcare organization.

Salvatore Rubino, MD, Professor of Microbiology, Medical Faculty University of Sassari, Italy, Member of the board of the  PhD programme in  Biomolecular and Biotechnology Sciences/Molecular and Clinical Microbiology; Chief Editor of Journal of Infection in Developing; Sassari, Italy

After completing his postdoctoral fellowship in the UCSD at San Diego, Dr. Rubino started to work as an assistant professor at the University of  Turin and the University of Sassari, Italy and since 2000 he has been working as a full professor at the University of Sassari, Italy. He was visiting professor at the Washington University St. Louis, USA and Adjunct Principal Investigator, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabaia.  Dr. Rubino is the Director of the School of Specialization in Microbiology and Virology and the Head of the Clinical Microbiology and Virology Laboratories in the University Hospital AOU. Dr. Rubino has extensive international experience of cooperation with developing countries. He served as an expert from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Health and University projects in Angola and as member of a Steering Committee for WHO on Laboratory activity in developing countries. Dr. Rubino has an extensive experience in teaching, research and publications.