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Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Health Science Building Room T-733
3:30pm to 4:50pm

Practical issues in the conduct of epidemiologic research in Africa.







Jessica Fleming, PhD, MSc
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Jessica Fleming is a recent graduate of the University of Washington Epidemiology Department and has worked at PATH in Seattle as an Immunization Specialist since 2003. At PATH, she provides public health leadership with specific emphasis on epidemiologic methods and approaches to establishing burden of disease, evaluating vaccine impact, and introducing and evaluating new health technologies in low-resource settings. Dr. Fleming has sixteen years of experience working in international public health, with extensive experience in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Guyana, Namibia, Senegal and Sudan. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in epidemiology from the University of Washington and a Master of Science in tropical public health from the Harvard School of Public Health with a concentration in infectious disease epidemiology and international health. An avid outdoors woman, she can often be seen running, biking or kayaking to work in the Seattle area. Dr. Fleming also holds an Affiliate Assistant Professor appointment in the Department of Epidemiology.

This presentation will describe the dissertation research Dr. Fleming recently conducted for her doctorate in epidemiology at the University of Washington. It will cover logistical issues particular to conducting research in low-resource settings, highlighting both keys to success and tips for overcoming obstacles.






Kenny Sherr, PhD

Kenny Sherr received his PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington.  He has over 12 years experience in the field of global health and development, primarily in Africa and Latin America, working as a manager, technical advisor, researcher and policy advocate.  Dr. Sherr is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, and is the Director of Implementation Science for Health Alliance International.  His research work has focused on task shifting for AIDS care and treatment, internal and external brain drain, integrating vertical programs into Primary Health Care, and the political economy of health care.  Dr. Sherr is currently principal investigator for a 7-year Population Health Implementation Training Partnership (PHIT) grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, which aims to strengthen health systems and test approaches to integrate Primary Health Care in Sofala province, Mozambique. 



Contact Courtney Marshall (epiadmin@uw.edu) for further information.


Updated on February 18, 2010