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Global Health Perspectives with Dr. Derek Yach

Global Health Perspectives

An ongoing series of conversations with Dr. Derek Yach and experts in global health about how smoking sits at the nexus of many major health issues. 

Dr. Yach is the president of the Foundation For a Smoke-Free World and a lifelong advocate for public health.

See his full bio here.

Episode 24: Kevin McGirr
08/06/2020

Kevin McGirr is a clinical professor with Community Health Systems at UCSF, which has received a grant from the Foundation for a SMoke-Free World. For decades, Kevin has worked on understanding the relationship between people with mental health, substance use, and tobacco. People who have mental-health conditions smoke at up to five times the rate of others in the population. Although these individuals often want to quit, their success rates are relatively low. People who live with mental-health conditions have substantially higher comorbidities and die 5 to 20 years before other members of the general population.

McGirr compiled an extensive body of information applicable to health-care professionals. He devised a three-year observational study that gave people flexibility to choose a preferred harm-reduction method, or they could opt out. Each study participant also received six months of intensive habit-change coaching, which was well received.

Enrollment began in January but was quickly sidetracked by the pandemic. McGirr’s team are now working on enrolling patients in single-occupancy hotels, methadone clinics, and other venues. Additionally, they have expanded their geography from San Francisco to the whole Bay Area, and they might expand further. Results from the first cohort are expected in August.

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Episode 23: Samrat Chowdhery
07/27/2020

Samrat Chowdhery has been a journalist for two decades with stints in mainline newspapers in India. He leads the consumer movement for lower-risk alternatives in the country and is involved in tobacco harm reduction advocacy since 2014, building grassroots resistance to anti-THR policies through consultations with authorities and stakeholders, identifying and seeding research opportunities and creating awareness about THR through public dialogues.

Mr. Chowdhery is the president of International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organisations (INNCO), a global consumer advocacy body comprising member organisations from over 30 nations across five continents. INNCO, which has received a grant from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World represents the interests of users of safer nicotine products and smokers who may choose to transition in the future 

Mr. Chowdhery was honoured with ‘Advocate of the Year’ award at Global Forum for Nicotine (GFN) held in Warsaw in June 2018. Among other advocacy and research initiatives, he is currently working on evaluating the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of lower-risk alternatives for bidi smokers and smokeless tobacco users in India.

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Episode 22: Dr. Corinna Lathan
07/16/2020

Dr. Corinna Lathan is CEO and founder of AnthroTronix, Inc., a biomedical engineering research and development company creating innovative products in digital health, wearable technology, robotics, and augmented reality. Dr. Lathan is a member of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World’s Board of Directors.

Dr. Lathan has served as principal investigator on multiple grants from funding agencies such as DARPA, NASA, NIH, and NSF. Most recently, Dr. Lathan led the AnthroTronix team to develop DANA™, an FDA-cleared, mobile digital health software platform for the Department of Defense as a deployed diagnostic support to evaluate cognitive function during treatment for depression, brain injury, and post-traumatic stress. For this work, she was named a 2017 Woman to Watch by Disruptive Women in Health Care.

Dr. Lathan is founding co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Human Enhancement and is a thought leader on technology trends that impact health and health care. Dr. Lathan has been featured in Forbes, Time, and the New Yorker magazines, and her work has led to such distinctions as Maryland’s “Top Innovator of the Year,” MIT Technology Review magazine’s “Top 100 World Innovators,” and one of Fast Company magazine’s “Most Creative People in Business.” Dr. Lathan was named a Technology Pioneer and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and served as chair of their Global Agenda Council for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

Dr. Lathan serves as a director of PTC, Inc., a global technology provider of Internet of Things (IoT) and Augmented Reality platforms, and is a member of the audit committee. She also serves as a director of the non-profit boards Engineering World Health and the KID-Museum, and she is on the advisory board of the Smithsonian Institute’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.

Before founding AnthroTronix, Dr. Lathan was an associate professor of biomedical engineering at The Catholic University of America and an adjunct associate professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Lathan received her BA in biopsychology and mathematics from Swarthmore College, and an MS in aeronautics and astronautics and PhD in neuroscience from MIT.

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Episode 21: Villoo Morawala-Patell
07/06/2020

Dr. Villoo Morawala-Patell, Founder and CMD of Avesthagen Limited and The Avestagenome Project® is an innovator, involved in international biotechnology development, academic and corporate leadership with a longstanding interest in global development leading to establishment of global networks and alliances with academia and industry. She is an experienced deal maker having raised capital from PE and strategic financing with firms and foundations globally.

Dr. Villoo Patell is the recipient of many awards of international and national acclaim as a scientist and as an entrepreneur including the French National Order “L’officier du Merite”, ‘Karmaveer Puraskar’ award, “Parsi Entrepreneur par Excellence Award”, “Outstanding women entrepreneur of the year” awards. Her academic research experience spans research work at highly reputed institutions globally, including ICRISAT, IBMP-CNRS, Strasbourg, University of Ghent, NCBS-TIFR. Prior to embarking on her entrepreneurial journey. She has been the recipient of grants from many prestigious institutions like the J.N. TATA, Rockefeller Foundation, IFCPAR, USAID (US Agency for International Development), DFID (Department for International Development, in the United Kingdom), World Bank and currently a grant awardee from the Foundation for Smoke Free World (FSFW).

Dr. Villoo Patell’s international biotechnology experience coupled with her longstanding interest in global development from building international networks and alliances with academia and industry led to her founding Avesthagen Limited. Avesthagen Limited is built around the convergence of food, pharma, environment-adjusted agriculture, and population genomics, leading to predictive, preventive, and personalized healthcare driven by a systems biology approach to population genetics and food security.

For more about Villoo’s recent work: bit.ly/2BYQkSV

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Episode 20: Konstantinos Farsalinos
06/29/2020

Konstantinos E. Farsalinos, M.D., is a research fellow at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens-Greece, at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Patras-Greece and at the National School of Public Health-Greece. He has been conducting laboratory and clinical research on e-cigarettes as a principal investigator since 2011. Examples of his work include the first study on the cytotoxic effects of e-cigarette vapor on cultured cells and the immediate effects of e-cigarette use on cardiac function and coronary circulation. As of late 2019, he has published more than 80 studies and articles in international peer-reviewed scientific journals about tobacco harm reduction. He has been recognized as one of the world’s most influential researchers of the past decade by Web of Science, receiving the Highly Cited Researcher 2019 recognition.

Click here for more about Konstantinos’ recent work: journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2040622320935765

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Episode 19: Francois Millard
06/22/2020

Francois Millard is Senior Vice President at Vitality Group, a member of South Africa-based Discovery Holdings Limited. He leads Vitality’s sciences agenda and the practical application thereof. Areas of current focus includes Covid-19 resilience linked to behavioral risks, lifelong health & financial security, corporate health and sustainability, along with the application of data, design, technology, incentives, behavioral economics to improve outcomes in these dimensions. The work is central to the Discovery Group’s Shared-Value Insurance model. He is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in London, the Society of Actuaries in the US and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Click here to learn more about smoking risks from the perspective of insurers: www.oliverwyman.com/content/dam/oli…oking-risks.pdf

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Episode 18: George Bostock
06/03/2020

George is a Mechanical Engineer at Cambridge Design Partnership and has experience across a wide range of projects, from consumer goods through to medical and performance-critical drug delivery devices. He takes a user-centric approach to his research and design and was named Red Dot Design Award winner for CDP’s First Response Monitor, a wearable connected medical device for monitoring the patients vital signs. 

He has a passion for sustainable design and a strong advocate of taking a systems-approach all design challenges, but especially sustainability-based problems. 

He holds a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Imperial College London and has previously worked at Rolls-Royce as a systems design and integration engineer.

The Cambridge Design Partnership is a grantee of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World.

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Episode 17: A Message for World No Tobacco Day
05/30/2020

In this episode, Derek Yach addresses the significance of World No Tobacco Day and how the day affected him personally while living in South Africa many years ago. On World No Tobacco Day we are reminded that smoking remains the largest single preventable cause of death.

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Episode 16: Jed Rose
05/29/2020

Dr. Jed Rose is the President and CEO of the Rose Research Center which has received a grant from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. He is also Director of the Duke Center for Smoking Cessation and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Jed Rose began work in the area of tobacco addiction research as a NIMH Postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Los Angeles. A main focus of his research program has been the elucidation of the role of sensorimotor cues and the CNS effects of nicotine in reinforcing cigarette smoking behavior. He is co-inventor of the nicotine skin patch and other treatments for smoking cessation. His primary research goals are to elucidate the biological mechanisms underlying tobacco addiction and to promote the development of more effective treatments.

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Episode 15: Dyborn Chibonga
05/26/2020

Dyborn Chibonga is the regional head for Malawi and Mozambique at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), an alliance aimed to catalyze and sustain inclusive agriculture transformation for smallholder farmers in Africa.

He has more than 25 years of experience advocating for product diversification away from tobacco into other cash and food crops, as well as policy and regulatory reforms that promote food security and rural development.

Mr. Chibonga previously served as the CEO of the National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (NASFAM) for 18 years. During this time, Mr. Chibonga grew the organization to more than 165,000 farmers, making it the largest smallholder-owned membership organization in Malawi. He transformed NASFAM from a small association into a sustainable business and a model for other countries to follow. Under Mr. Chibonga’s leadership, NASFAM established the Agricultural Commodity Exchange for Africa, a platform designed to encourage competitive bidding processes for smallholder farmers when selling their crops.

Mr. Chibonga is from Malawi and provides strategic guidance as a member of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World’s board of directors. Mr. Chibonga is also a board member of the Cooperative Insurance Company of Malawi, the Jubilee University Council and the Commercial Agriculture Support Services. He holds a BS degree from the Bunda College of Agriculture at the University of Malawi and an MSc in landscape ecology design & maintenance from the University of London, where he also holds a master’s certificate in NGO management.

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Episode 14: Melonie Kastman
05/19/2020

Melonie Kastman has worked for 20+ years in film, producing television commercials for major brands and networks, partnered with dozens of the top ad agencies and production companies to film around the globe (list available upon request)

Moving into the documentary world, most notably directed “Road to Change” inside the life of an African President, filming with then President of Sierra Leone H.E. Ernest Bai Koroma as he worked to rebuild  his country after a violent civil war. Other clients include African Leadership Academy, The American Cancer Society, Doctors Without Borders, Ronald McDonald House Charities, UN Department of Peacekeeping, Crow Collection of Asian Arts, The Greenbelt Movement: filmed with Nobel Peace Prize recipient Wanguri Maathi, Foundation for a SmokeFreeWorld, The Carlyle Group, World Food Program, USAID,  Themiis Institute,  and the Conrad Foundation at NASA .

 

Most currently Melonie followed the UN Ebola Emergency Response team in Democratic Republic of Congo as they coordinated efforts to curb the 2nd largest Ebola epidemic, located in an area of high insecurity, conflict and facing rebel attacks o health care workers ad facilities.   

Ongoing Projects: For the launch of The Foundation for SmokeFreeWorld, an NGO focused on ending smoking in a generation. Melonie filmed a short documentary “The True Cost of a Cigarette” which depicts  the unintended consequences of decline in demand for small shareholder tobacco farmers  in developing nations. We continue to film and follow their important story across the globe.  

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Episode 13: Gerry Stimson
05/14/2020

Gerry Stimson is a British public health social scientist, emeritus professor at Imperial College London from 2004, and a former honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine from 2017. Stimson has over 220 scientific publications mainly on social and health aspects of illicit drug use, including HIV infection. He has sat on numerous editorial boards including AIDS, Addiction, and European Addiction Research, and with Tim Rhodes he was the co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Drug Policy from 2000 to 2016. He is one of the global leaders for research on and later advocacy for harm reduction. From 2010 he has focused on tobacco harm reduction.

Since 2010 Stimson has focused on how harm reduction can be applied to reduce the toll of death, disease and disability caused by tobacco use. He is now co-director of the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction (GSTHR), a project supported by the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. The GSTHR maps the availability, use and regulation of safer nicotine products and the public health potential of tobacco harm reduction worldwide. The GSTHR publishes a biennial report (new edition forthcoming November 2020) and a website which offers users tools to research and compare country-level data on safer nicotine products. In early 2020, the GSTHR team published ‘Tobacco harm reduction and the right to health‘, an introductory briefing paper to support tobacco harm reduction advocacy.

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Episode 12: Dr. Tikki Pangestu
05/12/2020

Tikki joined the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy after 13 years at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland as Director of its Research Policy & Cooperation department. In this capacity, he worked with countries to strengthen their national health research systems, developed mechanisms and initiatives to improve the efficiency and transparency of global health research, and helped formulate an Organization-wide research policy.

Tikki holds a BSC (Honours) and PhD degrees from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia in the fields of biochemistry and microbiology/immunology. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (UK), American Academy of Microbiology (USA), Institute of Biology (UK) and the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia. He was the Founding Editor of Health Research Policy & Systems and the Asia-Pacific Journal of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

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Episode 11: Dr. Marewa Glover
05/05/2020

Dr Glover is a Māori (New Zealand indigenous) behavioral scientist with over 27 years of experience in tobacco control and over 100 scientific papers. She is the Director of the internationally-focused Centre of Research Excellence on Indigenous Sovereignty & Smoking which has received a grant from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. Much of her work as a Professor of Public Health has concentrated on designing pragmatic solutions to reduce smoking, particularly smoking while pregnant. She is well known for her compassionate insight and advocacy on tobacco harm reduction, which resulted in her being appointed as Tobacco Section Editor for the International Harm Reduction Journal. In 2017, Marewa was a Finalist in the Women of Influence Awards, and in 2019, in recognition of her contribution to society she was named one of three finalists in the New Zealander of The Year Awards. 

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Episode 10: Angela Hofmann
05/01/2020

Angela has served as a trusted advisor to members of the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch as well as to CEOs and senior executives in complex, multi-national organizations for over two decades. Angela is currently a member of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World’s Board of Directors. 

Previously, Angela was Vice President, International Corporate Affairs, at Walmart Stores, Inc. where she led the company’s external engagement in 40+ retail, ecommerce and sourcing countries around the world. She also launched innovative public-private chain capacity building projects focused on transparency, building safety, agricultural development and women’s economic empowerment in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Angela joined the company in 2002 as Director of International Corporate Affairs in the company’s Federal Government Relations office in Washington, D.C. In 2005, she moved to company headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas where she led corporate affairs engagement in the Americas as well as gained operational experience in the supply chain when she was promoted to Vice President, GNFR (indirect spend) and Sourcing Services in Walmart Global Sourcing.

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Episode 9: Dr. Pooja Patwardhan
04/29/2020

Coming from a family of 3 generations of doctors, Pooja has always been passionate about providing holistic care to patients. Graduating with a first class from one of India’s top medical schools, she has worked in medical research in Singapore and is now a front line doctor in an inner city practice, working with marginalised and underprivileged communities in the UK. She is a strong believer of preventive medicine and working with people to help them make healthier life choices.

Along with working as a GP, she is also a clinical director and co-founder of the Centre for Health Research and Education (CHRE) which has received a grant from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. CHRE works globally on tobacco cessation with a mantra of ‘Bridging the Policy and Practice gap’. Until now she has upskilled and empowered 100s of influencers in UK as well as in India, as part of the mission of creating local champions, to support tobacco users in their quitting journey.

During the covid pandemic, Pooja has been warning Public Health to pre-empt a surge in tobacco use and work proactively to prevent another healthcare calamity hitting the world. She herself has been at the forefront of creating and disseminating “Quit During Covid” message using innovative ways, during the lockdown period.

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Episode 8: Ethan Nadelmann
04/24/2020

Ethan has played a leading role in harm reduction and other drug policy reform efforts in the United States and globally since the late 1980s. He was born in New York City, received his BA, JD, and PhD from Harvard, and taught politics and public affairs at Princeton University (1987-1994). He then founded first The Lindesmith Center (1994-2000, a drug policy institute created with the philanthropic support of George Soros) and then the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), which he directed from 2000 until 2017. His TED Talk, “Why we need to end the drug war,” has two million views.

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Episode 7: Darshita Gillies
04/20/2020

Listed among the 100 Most Influential in UK – India Relationships, Darshita is Founder & CEO of Maanch and currently a member of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World’s Board of Directors. Her aim is to leverage the power of emerging technologies to address the complex business and societal challenges we face in a more sustainable, conscious, and strategic way. Her experience builds on and blends 3 facets, ‘Finance’, ‘Technology’ and ‘Planetary Sustainability’. With a professional background as Chartered Accountant, Investment Banker, Executive Coach, Impact Investing and FinTech/ Blockchain Specialist, Darshita also serves on Boards of ‘For Profit’ and ‘Non-Profit’ organisations. 

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Episode 6: Chitra Subramaniam
04/16/2020

Chitra Subramaniam is an iconic investigative journalist from India now living in Geneva. She is recognized for her investigation of the Bofors-India Howitzer deal which is widely believed to have to have contributed to the electoral defeat of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1989. This ten-year three-country investigation helped change jurisprudence in Switzerland in matters of international assistance in criminal cases. Subramaniam went on to work for the WHO after which she founded CSDconsulting a company at the crossroads of development, trade, and media. She has worked with some of the world’s top groups including India’s TATA group and Sweden’s Wallenberg group. We value any comments or ideas on what you’ve heard, email us at podcast@smokefreeworld.org 

Episode 5: Nilesh Jain
04/13/2020

Alumni of Carnegie Mellon, Nilesh Jain is a serial entrepreneur and an advisor for emerging entrepreneurs and start-ups. Nilesh is the founder and managing director of Harm Reduction Research and Innovation Center (HRRIC) which has received a grant from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. He is also a co-founder of Quitx, an application that helps smokers quit smoking and Clinivantage Healthcare, a social enterprise for improving access to care at lower costs. He is focussed in the area of healthcare and tobacco harm reduction, and establish HRRIC to build research capacity in India.  We value any comments or ideas on what you’ve heard, email us at podcast@smokefreeworld.org 

Episode 4: Yuchen Xue
04/09/2020

As a Data Analyst, Yuchen Xue conducts research on the evolving tobacco landscape, focusing on industry changes in China. She also performs quantitative and qualitative analyses of relevant datasets, including surveys, government data, company reports, and publicly-available research. We value any comments or ideas on what you’ve heard, email us at podcast@smokefreeworld.org 

Episode 3: Shlomi Madar

04/07/2020

Dr. Shlomi Madar, VP of Healthcare Solutions at Signals Analytics, is a seasoned healthcare executive with 15 years of experience and a strong scientific background. He works closely with leading Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals companies to help them become data-driven organizations, embrace innovation, and drive success via evidence and analytics. The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World has commissioned Signals Analytics to develop a nicotine analytics platform.

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Episode 2: Candida Nakhumwa

04/03/2020

As the Foundation’s Country Director in Malawi, Dr. Candida Nakhumwa manages the Agricultural Transformation Initiative activities in the country. She works closely with smallholder farmer organizations and agricultural cooperatives to identify and develop structured value chains that will promote transformation and inclusive growth for Malawian farmers. See her full bio here. We value any comments or ideas on what you’ve heard, email us at podcast@smokefreeworld.org 

Episode 1: Dr. Riccardo Polosa
04/01/2020

Dr. Riccardo Polosa is a world-renowned scientist and researcher in tobacco harm-reduction. Dr. Polosa is the founder of the Center of Excellence for the Acceleration of Harm Reduction in Catania, Italy which has received a grant from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. He has published dozens of studies on topics related to tobacco harm reduction. We value any comments or ideas on what you’ve heard, email us at podcast@smokefreeworld.org 

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