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2016 Implement Cessation

Meet our Emerging Leaders

Holly Gray MSc, MPH



Holly Gray has worked in Public Health and wellbeing for the past 5 years, after completing a Masters of Public Health at Imperial College, London. Her practice has focussed on health promotion campaigns and developing digital health engagement interventions, targeting healthy behaviours and lifestyles. She has experience in a range of global healthcare systems (US, UK and Asia) in both public and private settings. Recently she began as Head of Health Engagement and Public Affairs, for Bupa Global which operates in over 190 countries. Before this she managed Bupa’s NGO partnerships while being the business adviser for prevention and wellbeing. She has a strong interest in health equality and behaviour change.

Yvonne Olando BA, MSc



Yvonne Olando holds an MSc degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nairobi, School of Medicine. She is a trainer at SAPTA Trust. She consults for the national agency for drug control in Kenya (NACADA) and World Health Organization (WHO)-AFRO, as a tobacco cessation trainer. She has had the privilege to train healthcare professionals in different African countries in tobacco cessation. Yvonne has participated in drafting Clinical guidelines for tobacco cessation for 7 countries and also evaluated 7 tobacco cessation clinics in Mauritius. Prior to these, Yvonne worked at a rehabilitation program for Substance dependence clients for 5 years.

Marie Lan Cheong Wah MD, PGD



As Associate Professor at the University of Mauritius, Marie is working on tobacco control, with a focus on smoking cessation services. As investigator within the Mauritian team, she has participated in the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project and in the African Tobacco Situational Analysis. As tobacco control advocate, Marie is a member of the national steering committee for tobacco control and as medically qualified doctor, she has a Diplôme d’Université en Méthodes et pratique en Epidémiologie from Université de Bordeaux, France and also a post-graduate diploma in public health from Staffordshire University, United Kingdom.

Catriona Jennings RN, PhD



Catriona Jennings has served as the European Research Nurse coordinator in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the International Centre for Circulatory Health, Imperial College London since 2002. She has coordinated both randomised controlled trials (RCT) and surveys. The EUROACTION cluster RCT was conducted in eight countries and 24 centres in Europe between 2002 and 2006. Catriona led the multidisciplinary London team who were responsible for training project staff and developing the health professional and educational materials. Since 2006, she has coordinated the third and fourth EUROASPIRE surveys in 22 and 24 countries respectively in Europe, and the British Cardiovascular Society UK based survey of preventive management in coronary patients and high risk individuals called Aspire-2-Prevent. At the end of 2011 she completed coordination of a second EUROACTION study called EUROACTION plus intensive smoking cessation with varenicline which was implemented in 4 countries including the UK.

She read French for her first degree and subsequently trained as a nurse at Charing Cross Hospital in London. She then specialised in cardiac nursing and finally cardiac rehabilitation, leading a programme at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire. Catriona is a senior teaching fellow for the Imperial College MSc in Preventive Cardiology programme where she leads modules on Preventive Cardiology Theory and Practice and smoking cessation. She has completed a PhD on concordance for cardiovascular risk factors and concordance for change in families. Catriona has taken leadership roles in professional societies serving as President of the British Association for Nursing in Cardiovascular Care which is an affiliated group of the British Cardiovascular Society and she is currently the Chair of the European Society’s Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions.

Aswathy Sreedevi MD, PGDAP



Dr. Aswathy is a professor of community medicine at Government Medical College in Palakkad, Kerala. She is closely involved with training graduate and post graduate medical students which involves guiding them in research work. She has been instrumental in developing a rural health training centre in a coastal area of Kerala and capacity building of medical graduates to deliver brief intervention for tobacco cessation.

Katarzyna Zatońska MD, PhD



Dr. Zatonska is head of Social Medicine Department at Medical University of Wroclaw, Poland. She is a lecturer and practicing physician at the Wroclaw Medical University with specialisation in diabetology and endocrinology. Her scientific interests are in areas of public health, health risk behaviors, epidemiology of noncommunicable diseases, education of medical personnel. She is interested in using the research results to enhance local health authorities and education of medical personnel.

She is currently working on the PONS study, “Establishing infrastructure for population study of health in Poland”, Coordinated by Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention, Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology in Warsaw, Poland. and the PURE study, “Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiological Study”, Population Health Research Institute in Hamilton, Canada.

Bidyut Sarkar MD, PhD



Bidyut is a physician (MBBS), public health specialist (MD in Community Medicine) and trained in public health research (PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health from UCL London). He has a passion to identify low cost, scalable interventions to make adult tobacco users quit tobacco use. He has conducted a large cluster randomized trial in low income tobacco users in India of a novel intervention of quit advice and use of yogic breathing exercises to quit tobacco use with positive results. He has multiple publications in international peer reviewed journals like Addiction, Psychopharmacology, Asia-Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention and journal of Infectious diseases.

He wishes to combine his existing public health experience with newly acquired knowledge and skills in context of cardiovascular research to play a leadership role in reducing the morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular diseases in India and South East Asia.

Kemi Tibazarwa MD, MPH, PhD


Anindo Majumdar MBBS, MD



Anindo is a physician (MBBS) with postgraduate training in public health and primary care. He received M.D. (Community Medicine) degree from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and M. Med. (Family Medicine) from Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore. Currently, he is working with the Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC), Gurgaon, India as Clinical Investigator Research Fellow, fellowship being supported by CDSA, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India. At CCDC, he is involved in international collaborative projects in alignment with cardiovascular health and the CVD roadmaps, both as investigator and coordinator.

After completing his postgraduation, he served as a senior resident for 3 years in the department of Preventive and Social Medicine at JIPMER, Puducherry (an institution of national importance), where he was involved in teaching and training of MBBS, MPH and MSc (community nursing) students, also mentoring them in their research projects. Apart from administration, management and providing clinical care at the rural and urban health centres, he was actively involved in the delivery, monitoring and supervision of various national health programmes in the field practice area, working closely with the community health workers. He has useful experience of planning and conducting research studies in rural and urban communities of Puducherry (South India) and Haryana (North India). He has 21 research papers in both international and national peer reviewed journals so far, and has reviewed papers for notable international journals. His primary research interests lie in developing and implementing cost-effective strategies for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (primarily cardio-metabolic diseases), apart from integration of information technology in health, and child and adolescent health.

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