Children’s Global Health Initiative - A highlight of how researchers and clinicians at a local organizations are healing globally-Seema Handu & Dr. Desiree LeBeaud-02/07/2012 - 8:30am

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Event Topic: 
Children’s Global Health Initiative - A highlight of how researchers and clinicians at a local organizations are healing globally
Event Date: 
02/07/2012 - 8:30am
Event Location: 
Sunnyvale City Council Chambers, 456 West Olive Ave., Sunnyale, CA
Speaker Information
Event Speaker: 
Seema Handu & Dr. Desiree LeBeaud
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Managing Director, assistant scientist at CHORI and a clinician at the Children’s Hospital in the Pediatric Infectious Disease
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Children's Global Health Initiative
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Seema Handu, PhD, Managing Director of CGHI, is responsible for leading the organization's team to run sustainable health programs for children in the developing world. Prior to CGHI, Dr. Handu was the founder, President & CEO of PharmQuest, a regulatory software company for the drug development industry. She led the standardization efforts by the FDA in collaboration with the industry for the Standard for Exchange of Nonclinical Data (SEND). In 2005, Bio-IT World Magazine identified her as a Bio-IT Champion for her leadership in the convergence of Biotechnology and Information Technology. Dr. Handu also served on the Industry Advisory Board of Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) from 2002 to 2006.

Dr. Handu also serves on the Board of the Cardea Center for Women, and is a Mentor at Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY). She is a founder of the Enterprising Pharmaceutical Professionals from the Indian subContinent (EPPIC) which promotes networking and entrepreneurial mentoring for professionals in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and related industries.

Dr. Handu holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Iowa. She is a graduate of the NextGen CEO program sponsored by the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE).

Angelle Desiree LaBeaud, MD, MS is an assistant scientist at CHORI and a clinician at the Children’s Hospital in the Pediatric Infectious Disease department. Her area of research is arboviral epidemiology, the study of arthropod- (or mosquito-) borne viruses. Commonly known arboviruses include St. Louis encephalitis virus and West Nile virus. In particular, Dr. LaBeaud investigates Rift Valley fever virus in Kenya, where outbreaks cause fever, retinitis, encephalitis, and hemorrhagic fever.

Dr. LaBeaud's main research questions focus on the risk factors for arboviral infections, the development of diagnostic tests that can be administered in the field to quickly determine what kind of arboviral infection a person has, and the genetic and immunologic investigation of why different people respond differently to the same infection.

Dr. LaBeaud's long-term goals are to contribute to a deeper understanding of arboviral infections and their long-term health consequences and to optimize control strategies to prevent these emerging infections.

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Health care has become a global issue not only because of increasing worldwide travel but also because of the impact on global economies. Our children are the most vulnerable population on the planet and represent the greatest challenge to improving health and decreasing mortality – over 10,000,000 children under the age of 5 years die of diarrhea, lung infections, malaria and measles each year, many complicated by malnutrition and most are preventable! Other diseases such as sickle cell anemia, cancer, and AIDS also take their toll on morbidity and mortality rates. With this backdrop, we developed the Children's Global Health Initiative.
The Children's Global Health Initiative (CGHI) represents the collaborative efforts of researchers and clinicians from Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), the research arm of Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland. CGHI collaborates with other non-profits, universities, institutes and biotechnology companies to provide a venue for the medical and scientific world to collaborate to develop and implement cures for childhood and adult diseases globally. We have an active program of providing medical care tied with hands-on training at a number of hospitals/clinics in developing countries. This includes the bilateral exchange of physicians, scientists, postdoctoral fellows, medical students, graduate students and undergraduate students for training in appropriate medical and basic science technology and education. We also have ongoing translational research projects on specific topics relevant to individual countries as well as other topics for improving the global health of children and individuals of all ages. In addition, we have three Focused Country Programs in Vietnam, Ecuador and Uganda that include capacity building, clinical service, education, training and research. As part of capacity building, we promote country-appropriate medical and research technologies for these low-resource settings.
CGHI’s mission is to enable sustainable global health for children and their communities through education, training, clinical care and translational research.
We create sustainable programs specifically by collaborating with local in-country clinics and institutions where we are invited so that the knowledge, training and education we provide persists within local resources long after we have left.
Today’s discussion will showcase two of our projects in Vietnam and in Kenya. The difficulty of diagnosing mosquito borne viral infections in the field will be presented to generate discussion among and collaboration with the B2DG.