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Meet our Emerging Leaders

Ajay Vamadevan Sarala PhD, MPH



Vamadevan S, Ajay did his PhD in non-communicable disease epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. His research work in the past five years has been into developing low cost solutions to improve access and quality of care for cardio-metabolic diseases (CMDs) using smartphone technologies (mHealth) and electronic decision support tools. Application of geographic information system (GIS) technologies, for the surveillance of chronic diseases is another domain he focuses particularly in the two large, population-based, urban (CARRS-Surveillance Study) and rural (Solan Surveillance Study) cohorts for cardio-metabolic disease research in India.

Jose Zelaya MD



Jose is a Cardiologist from Peru and Secretary General of the Peruvian Society of Hypertension. He studied Medicine at Universidad Nacional San Luis Gonzaga de Ica. Facultad de Medicina Humana Dr. Daniel Alcides Carrion. Ica, Peru. In 1997 he specialized in Cardiology at Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal. Facultad de Medicina Humana. Lima, Peru . He is an active member of the Peruvian Society of Hypertension, The Peruvian Society of Cardiology, the Peruvian Society of Internal Medicine, the Spanish Society of Cardiology, and the European Society of Cardiology.

Julie Redfern PhD



Julie is Head of the Public Health and Health Services program and Deputy Director of Cardiovascular Division at The George Institute for Global Health. She is also an Associate Professor at Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney and a clinical physiotherapist. Julie has been funded by scholarships and fellowships for the past 10 years through the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. Julie also serves on many Steering Committees and working groups and she is a Board Member of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Julie is the current Chair of the Allied Health and Technology Council of the CSANZ and co-Chair of the Australian Secondary Prevention Alliance. Julie has authored approximately 60 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and has received approximately 5 million dollars in competitive grant funding. She has won many prestigious awards for her research and scientific publications. Julie works on an extensive research program aiming to help more people better manage their heart disease. Her on-going career goal is to improve access to and engagement with secondary prevention strategies worldwide.

Luciano De Andrade PhD, MS



Luciano has been working on several research projects to streamline care for patients who are suffering cardiovascular disease, most specifically, STEMI, in order to understand how pre-hospital and emergency care of the tiered health system in Brazil can be improved to streamline the FMC-to-device time and reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. He has participated actively in the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) in several projects committed to developing and employing new models of education and research in countries as Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Luciano’s research interests are the factors that lead to delayed treatment for cardiac patients, such as geographic or socio-demographic factors, transport challenges, and primary and tertiary hospital service processes, identifying areas for improvements, suggesting solutions and evaluating the impact these improvements.




Mahmoud’s areas of interest include Acute Heart Failure, Echocardiography, Preventive Cardiology and Heart Disease in HIV. He has published over sixty peer-reviewed scientific papers. Mahmoud combines cardiology practice, research and teaching of medical students and residents. He has been involved in collaborative researches across the African continent which include the Survey of Heart Failure in sub Saharan Africa (THESUS –HF), the Pan African Pulmonary Hypertension Cohort Study (PAPUCO) the Bi-Treatment with Hydralzine/Nitrates versus Placebo in Africans with Acute Heart Failure (B-A-HEF) study, the Cardiac Disease and Maternity registry, the Investigation into the Management of Pericarditis (IMPI) and the Global Rheumatic Heart Disease Registry (The REMEDY study) as a principal investigator.  On the international scene, he participated in the RELY – AF Registry as well as the INTERSTROKE study. He together with other colleagues, also co-founded the Nigerian Heart Failure Registry, the Nigerian Hypertension Study group and the Registry for acute coronary events in Nigeria (RACE – Nigeria).

Prasanga Lokuge MS



Prasanga brings several years of engineering training and practice into the Global Health field of strengthening health systems. Having spent several years designing the next generation of biological pacemakers, in her current role, Prasanga is responsible for developing and executing core strategies and programs under an overall vision of expanding access to chronic disease care for underserved communities. Her technical lens led to the development of an innovative framework that today serves as the bedrock of Medtronic Philanthropy’s strategy to enhance access to care by focusing on the patient’s journey. Prasanga also leads Medtronic’s response to a portfolio of conditions endemic among low-income populations including Rheumatic Heart Disease and also works to inform policy for chronic and neglected diseases at the UN level, advocating for a multi-sectoral approach to addressing the needs of the underserved. Outside of her work at Medtronic, Prasanga is also inventor of an affordable, culturally sensitive premature infant incubator – the Incupouch™ (patent pending) designed for rural communities in the developing world that do not have access to electricity. She is a certified biomed and a consultant for non-profits in the global health field. Prasanga holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering and BS in Chemical Engineering from MIT.

Raghupathy Anchala PhD, MPH



Raghu has worked in a number of roles from General Practitioner in tribal and rural India to Clinical Trial and Project Manager in the pharmaceutical sector, to his current role as an Associate Professor in Department of Epidemiology at the Public Health Foundation of India – Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad. During this time he has worked in epidemiological and clinical trials research, notably as the Principal Investigator for operational research capacity building project funded by the IUATLD (2009-10), and on clinical decision support systems for management of hypertension in primary care settings of India as a Wellcome Trust PHFI PhD Research Fellow at University of Cambridge, UK (2010-2013). He also holds a MPH from University of Pittsburgh, USA. He has high impact factor publications in NEJM and Plos One journals. He has developed course content and has been teaching on epidemiology, research methods, operational research, drug discovery, nutritional epidemiology, GCP and clinical trial modules for courses at IIPHH since 2009. He also holds an Adjunct Faculty position at University of Hyderabad, where he teaches both epidemiology I and II modules for the MPH program.

Rufus Adesoji Adedoyin PhD, MSc



Rufus’s research and clinical interest are in cardiopulmonary rehab, Exercise Science and physical activity & environment. He is currently coordinating the cardiopulmonary Rehab and fitness unit of the Medical Rehabilitation Department, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals complex and is the Chairman of the Nigeria Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Specialty group. Rufus is an erudite scholar with over eighty publications in peer-reviewed Journals. He has served as editor-in-Chief of Journal of the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy; reviewer and contributor to several international journals. He has served as visiting lecturer and external examiner to many institutions in Nigeria including the University of Ghana. Because of his publications and contributions to the area of respiratory care, Rufus was awarded “International Fellow in Respiratory Care” by the American Respiratory Care Foundation and Association of American Respiratory Care Foundation in 2008. He is the first Nigerian and 3rd African to receive this prestigious award.

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