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Contributions to Global Health Research, Capacity Building and Governance

The 6th Conference on Global Health and Vaccination Research and the Norwegian Medical Association`s 125th Anniversary Conference, will take place 12 – 13 September 2011 at Soria Moria Hotel and Conference Center, Oslo, Norway

The aim of the conference is to enhance our understanding of how Norwegian key partners, in cooperation with the global health community, can contribute to bridge the research gap by strengthening research, capacity building and governance. The conference will give national and international researchers, health professionals and decision-makers a mutual meeting point to discuss key issues and suggest future policies.
See further information about the programme at the official conference web page

Location, Registration and Abstract Deadlines
The location will be the Soria Moria Hotel & Conference center in Oslo. Deadline for registration is 24th of August. (Please note first come, first served)

Stake holders, researchers, health professionals and students are most welcome to participate. The conference fee is only NOK 750.-, and includes lunch both days, as well as the conference dinner on the 12th.


Programme - 12th September

Opening session: Health research, policy and governance
Global health and relevance for domestic policy and practice PDF - 1,5 MB      Speaker Ragnhild Mathisen, State secretary, Ministry of Health

Global health research for equity and social change: The role of the US,WHO and international partnerships. 
Speaker the Honorable Nils Daulaire, Director,Office of Global Health Affairs,U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Linking Health Research to Policy: A case study of the Ghana PDF - 4,4 MB  
Speaker John Gyapong, Vice dean, University of Ghana

Research capacity building: institutions and leadership

Bridging the gap: Building Capacity & Synergies for African Health PDF - 824 KB Speaker Francis Omaswa, Executive Director, African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation 

Contributions to public health - institutions and research PDF - 1,7 MB  
Speaker Frederik Frøen, Division Director, Norwegian Institute of Public Health 

Capacity Building of Professional Organisations: The FIGO Perspective PDF - 1,7 MB  
Speaker Hamid Rushwan, Chief Executive, International Federation of Gynecology
and Obstetrics

Capacity building and education of health professionals

Health Professionals for a New Century: An international perspective PDF - 850 KB Speaker Lenias Hwenda, Global health policy advisor, African Group in Geneva
World Health Organization

New Norwegian Strategies - Consequences for Norwegian Institutions PDF - 955 KB Speaker Knut-Inge Klepp, Division manager, Norwegian Directorate for Health 

Research and capacity building programmes: The Norwegian experience PDF - 383 KB
Speaker Rune Nilsen, Director, Centre of International Health, University of Bergen

Poster session and poster presentations

Does right-to-health litigation bring justice to health? PDF - 1,1 MB
Speaker Siri Gloppen, Professor, Department of comparative politics,
University of Bergen 

Preventing the emerging serogroup X meningococcal disease in the African Meningitis Belt (no link) 
Speaker Gunnstein Norheim, Senior research fellow,
Norwegian Institute of public health 

Adherence to IMCI guidelines in Tanzania. Results from a mixed method study PDF - 2,0 MB  
Speaker Ida Lindkvist, Researcher and PHD candidate, Chr. Michelsen Institute
Assessing applicability, scaling up and equity issues in Cochrane reviews: A worked example from a review of lay health worker interventions in primary and community health care for chronic conditions PDF - 1,0 MB
Speaker Simon Lewin, Senior Researcher, Global health unit,
Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services

Presentation of new programmes

The Norwegian Programme for Capacity Building for Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED)
Paul Richard Fife, Director, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation

Programme for Global Health and Vaccination Research: presentation of next call for proposals PDF - 602 KB
Kårstein Måseide, programme coordinator, Programme for Global Health and Vaccination Research, and
Peter Smith, chair for GLOBVAC programme board

Programme - 13th September

Morning plenary

Role of international partnerships in shaping the global health landscape 
Speaker Charles Mgone, Executive Director, European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership

Parallel sessions

Parallel session 1
Building capacity in low and middle income countries through partners hips in education and research

The good, the bad and the ugly - Education of medical researchers across boarders PDF - 3,4 MB
Nahed Mikki, Paediatrician, Institute of Community and Public Health irzeit University,
Palestinian territory

Balancing locally relevant investment in a Globalised environment PDF - 394 KB  
Mwapatsa Mipando, Dean, Faculty at College of Medicine, University of Malawi

Striving for equality in partnerships in research and capacity building
Nina Langeland, Dean, Institute of medicine, University of Bergen

Parallel session 2
Vaccination research 1: Tuberculosis diagnostics and vaccines

Preparing for tuberculosis vaccine efficacy trials: baseline epidemiology, improved diagnosis, markers of protection and phase I/II trials PDF - 1,6 MB
Harleen Grewal, professor, Gade’s institute, University of Bergen, and
Mario Vaz, professor, St. John’s Medical College 

Molecular control of T cell memory
Greger Abrahamsen, Postdoctoral fellow, Anne Spurkland group, University of Oslo 

Development of a rapid serological screening test for TB
Carol Holm Hansen, Senior research scientist, The Norwegian Institute of
Public Health

TBVI:paradigm shifts for new TB vaccines PDF - 1,4 MB
Joris Vandeputte, Senior vice president, TuBerculosis Vaccine Initiative

Parallel session 3
Health systems: Research and priorities 1

What do we know about lay health workers? An overview over a multi-disciplinary project PDF - 1,7 MB  
Inger B. Scheel, Research Director, Global Health Unit Norwegian Knowledge Centre for Health Services

Health systems strengthening and vaccination programmes
Katerini T. Storeng, postdoctoral fellow, University of Oslo

Strengthening human resources for health: A study of health worker availability and performance in Tanzania PDF - 4,5 MB  
Astrid Blystad, professor, Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care
University of Bergen

 Parallel session 4
The role of health professional organisations

Retention of Doctors in rural Rwanda through Capacity Building of Rwanda Medical Association PDF - 421 KB
Jacob Hejmdal Gren, Medical doctor, Global Doctors

Contribution of Medical Associations to support the health system in Sudan PDF - 1,0 MB
Zein Karrar, President, Sudan Medical Association

WFSA and Educational Programmes in Anesthesiology PDF - 1,3 MB  
Rebecca Jacob, Chair Pediatric Committee, World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India 

The Role of Europe-based Diaspora Health Professional Organisations in Strengthening Health Systems Research and Service Delivery Capacity in Sub-Sahara African Countries PDF - 192 KB
Franklyn Lisk, Professor, University of Warwick

Parallel session 5 
Vaccination research 2: Norwegian contributions and international collaborations

1. Further development of novel vaccine candidates, Norwegian – US collaboration PDF - 3,2 MB                                                                                          2. MAL-ED- The interactions of malnutrition and enteric infections: Consequences for child health and development
Mark Miller, Director, Division of International, Epidemiology and Population Studies
National Institutes of Health

Early impact results after the introduction of a new meningococcal conjugate vaccine in Africa.
A new meningitis A vaccine for Africa: how did we do? PDF - 1,5 MB  
Marc LaForce, director, Meningitis Vaccine Project, PATH/WHO, and 
Impact of a conjugate vaccine on transmission of serogroup A meningococcal disease in Burkina Faso PDF - 735 KB  
Dominiquen Caugant, Chief scientist, The Norwegian Institute of
Public Health

Developing vaccines for diseases of poverty: How far are we? PDF - 3,0 MB
Harry van Schooten, Business development manager, European Vaccine Initiative

Therapeutic modulation of immune responses in chronic HIV infection PDF - 1,6 MB
Dag Kvale, Professor/senior, consultant, Oslo University Hospital

Vacc-4x: A therapeutic HIV-1 Vaccine Based on Modified Peptides
Birger Sørensen, Executive Vice, President and Head of Vaccines, Bionor Pharma ASA

Parallel session 6
Health systems: Research and priorities 2

Evaluation of the Indian Integrated Management of Neonatal & Childhood Illness Strategy on Neonatal and Infant Mortality PDF - 2,5 MB
Rajiv Bahl, Medical officer, Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development, World Health Organization

Building a network of capacity and support for health information systems and open source software in the West Africa Region PDF - 402 KB
Johan Sæbø and Edem Kossi, Research fellows, University of Oslo 

The Ethics of Priority Setting in Global Health PDF - 250 KB
Kristine Husøy Onarheim, Research fellow, University of Bergen 

To what extent do user fees affect Hepatitis B vaccine coverage rates in China? PDF - 513 KB  
Knut Reidar Wangen, Associate professor, University of Oslo

Parallel session 7
Roundtable discussion: What can HPO’s do to further health research in low and middle-income countries PDF - 6 KB Chair Sverre Lie, Norwegian Directorate of Health 

Introductory speaker PDF - 362 KB :
Francis Omaswa, Executive Director, African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation

Topics for discussion:
a) What needs to be done in order to establish more and strengthen existing professional organisations in low and middle-income countries?

b) How can we use professional networks to improve health research?

c) What should be the top-priority advocacy positions pertaining to global health research?

Parallel session 8
Researcher symposium: Reproductive and maternal health -International social science and public health perspectives

Maternal deaths in Malawi: Piecing together the facility-community jigsaw puzzle PDF - 919 KB
Viva Combs Thorsen, Research Fellow, University of Oslo 

Obstetric complications affect the long term survival of women in Burkina Faso PDF - 663 KB
Katerini T. Storeng, postdoctoral fellow, University of Oslo 

Burden of abortion and post-abortion care costs: risks faced by low income households in Burkina Faso PDF - 383 KB
Patrick G. C. Ilboudo, Research Fellow, University of Oslo 

Maternal health and abortion in Burkina Faso: the supply of Post Abortion Care (PAC) in Burkina Faso’s largest university hospital PDF - 540 KB  
Seydou Drabo, MPhil’, University of Oslo 

Providing reproductive health services in Guatemala - when local is too local PDF - 370 KB .
Birgit Kvernflaten, Research Fellow, University of Oslo

The role of female lay health workers in maternal and child health work in rural Rajasthan, India PDF - 5,1 MB
Dagrun Kyte Gjøstein, Master student, University of Oslo


Parallel session 10
Researcher symposia: A presentation of the Tromsø model for trauma care and maternal and perinatal health

The village university and trauma care: teaching lifesaving skills to non-doctors
Ole Kristian Losvik, medical doctor University of North Norway

Delivery life support – when childbirth becomes a trauma
Helle Lejon, medical doctor, internship Finnsnes municipality,
Siri Kregnes, Medical student, University of North Norway,
Margit Steinholt, Centre leader Tromsø Mine Victim Resource Centre
Choosing scientific methods when the numbers are small Professor
Eystein Skjerve, Professor School of Veterinary Science,
leader of the NVH Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics

The research school in Battambang, Cambodia. Capacity building in low-income countries
Sondre Kippenes, Manager Tromsø Mine Victim Resource Centre

Parallel session 11
Researcher symposia: Teaching global health in Norway -
What’s happening? 

Overview of the panel, key issues for discussion
Hans Hadders, associate professor, Sør-Trøndelag University College 

The Master programmes in International Health in Bergen and Oslo: A comparison PDF - 524 KB
Gunnar Bjune, University of Oslo

Global health perspectives with local relevance in nursing education
Hans Hadders, associate professor, Sør-Trøndelag University College 

Bringing together multidisciplinary perspectives in teaching global health, plans for a PhD course PDF - 167 KB
Sidsel Roalkvam, associate professor, University of Oslo 

Integrating the concept of global health into professional training and producing health professionals for the 21st century - a student perspective on trends in health professional education and the relevance for Norwegian institutions PDF - 1,5 MB   
Unni Gopinathan, Liaison Officer to the WHO for the International Federation of
Medical Students Association