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Dr. Madan Jagasia, M.B.B.S, M.S

Dr. Madan Jagasia is a hematologist-oncologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA.  


Specialization:  

Dr. Jagasia’s area of specialization is in the treatment of hematological malignancies and stem cell transplantation.       


Primary field of research:  

Experimental therapeutics and clinical research in graft-versus-host disease, both acute and chronic. Identifying biomarkers to predict response and outcome of GVHD.  


Professional Highlights:  

  • Co-Leader, Translational Research and Interventional Oncology Research Program, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (2013-present).
  • Professor of Medicine (Hematology-Oncology), Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
  • Director, Outpatient Transplant Program, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) (2006-present).
  • Section Chief, Hematology and Stem Cell Transplant, Vanderbilt University Medical Centre (2010-present).
  • Helped establish the outpatient transplant program in 2003   Established the long term transplant clinic in 2006.   
  • Member, GVHD subcommittee CIBMTR.
  • Member, Acute Leukemia subcommittee, CIBMTR.   

Publications:  https://labnodes.vanderbilt.edu/member/publications/id/10956  

Sophie Paczesny, MD, PhD

 Dr Paczesny received her MD and PhD from Paris University, France, where she completed her residency and fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation. With her responsibilities at Indiana University and affiliations with the Simon Cancer Center, Wells Center for Pediatric Research, Department of Pediatrics, and Department of Immunology, and is pursuing her research of discovery and validation of biomarkers of complications post-transplantation as well as bring new targeted therapies to the clinic and explore novel pathways in GVHD.
Interests

  • Graft versus host disease 
  • Paediatric haematology/oncology, particularly in HSCT, with focus on translational research science and with the goal of converting bench discoveries to the bedside.

Professional highlights:

  • An Associate Professor of the Blood Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine. 
  • Leads the Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) biomarker discovery and validation research.
  • Dr. Paczesny joined the Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program at the University of Michigan in 2006 where she has developed proteomics for the diagnosis of GVHD.     

Honours & Awards

  • 2014 American Society for Clinical Investigation member 
  • 2011 Amy Strelzer Manasevit Research Program 
  • 2009 Faculty Award for Clinical Investigation/Health Services, Ann Arbor, MI, United States 
  • 2008 Research Fellow Award for Clinical Investigation/Health Services, Ann Arbor, MI, United States 
  • 2006 Eric Archambaud Prize, French Bone Marrow Transplantation Society, Lyon, France 
  • 2006 Cancer Prize, Academy National of Medicine, Paris, France 

Publicationshttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=sophie+paczesny 

Steven Z. Pavletic, M.D., M.S

Dr. Pavletic received his M.D. from the University of Zagreb School of Medicine in Croatia in 1979. In 1992, he completed a clinical fellowship in bone marrow transplantation at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington Medical School in Seattle, WA. In 1995, he completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, NE, and completed his hematology and oncology fellowship in June 1997.   


Academic Interests:

  • Graft Versus Host Disease   

Professional highlights:

  • Director of the Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation program at the University of Nebraska (1999 until 2002). 
  • Currently, he is the Head of the Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and Autoimmunity Unit and Senior Clinician at the Experimental Transplantation and Immunology Branch of the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Center for Cancer Research at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). 
  • Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Oncology at Lombardi Cancer Center, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C..  
  • President of Hrvatska ura (HURA), a Washington, D.C. 
  • Vice president of the Association of Croatian American Professionals and is president of its Medicine and Health Sciences Section.   

Achievements:

  • 2006, The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Director's Individual Merit Award for his achievements in developing national and international consensus guidelines for clinical trials in chronic GVHD.  
  • 2007, Recognized by the Croatian Society of Oncology for his efforts at initiating an NIH-European-Croatian expert consortium with the goal of developing strategies for the national cancer control program in Croatia. 
  • 2013, the Zagreb chronic GVHD team was awarded an international peer-reviewed grant through the Unity Through Knowledge Fund (UKF). 

Publications:

  • Published more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals.  
  • He is the chief editor of the first textbook on GVHD entitled “Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease: Interdisciplinary Management”, published in 2009.  
  • Six articles on a 2005 international consensus project for clinical trials in chronic GVHD were referenced more than 1600 times in peer-reviewed literature.

Mohamad Mohty MD, PhD

Professor Mohty obtained his medical degree from the University of Montpellier, France, and PhD from the University of Marseille, France. Before moving to Paris, he was head of the Transplant Program at the University-Hospital of Nantes,France. He also undertook post-doctoral work at the Haematology Department, Imperial College,Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK .


Interests

  • Professor Mohty’s translational research activity is focused on the pathophysiology of graft-vs-host disease and the immunobiology of normal and pathological antigen-presenting cells, especially the impact of novel immunomodulatory agents such as IMiDs and hypomethylating agents. 
  • He has a special clinical focus on the development of reduced-toxicity conditioning regimens, immunotherapy and different aspects of therapy of multiple myeloma. 


Professional highlights:


  • Professor of Haematology and Head of the Haematology and cellular therapy Department at the Saint-Antoine Hospital and University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris, France
  • Past-Chairman of the Acute Leukaemia Working Party (ALWP) of EBMT, 
  • Current President of the European society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT). 
  • He serves on the board of the EBMT, and the “Intergroupe Francophone du Myelome” (IFM). 
  • Editor in chief of Bone Marrow Transplantation. 
  • Associate Editor for Leukaemia,  European Journal of Haematology and Blood Cancer Journal. 
  • Member of the editorial board of Haematologica, and as a regular reviewer in different immunology, haematology, and cancer journals such as Blood and The Lancet. 
  • Member of the American Society of Haematology, American Society for Clinical Oncology, American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, European Hematology Association, International Society for Experimental Haematology, and EBMT. 


Publications:

Professor Mohty has published more than 460 peer-reviewed articles in the field of stem cell transplantation, leukaemia and myeloma, in different haematology and immunology journals.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Mohty+M%5BAuthor%5D  

Professor Diana Greenfield, PhD, BSc (Hons), RN, Cert Ed

Professor Diana Greenfield graduated with a degree in Nursing from Bristol Polytechnic in 1988 and was a staff nurse in London and Australia before moving to Sheffield, UK. She also qualified in Endocrine nursing and Oncology and holds certificates in Education and Advanced Practice. Her principal focus has been the day-to-day provision and strategic development of survivorship and late effects services for childhood cancer, young adult cancer and bone marrow transplant survivors in the Sheffield, North Trent and the wider region.  


Academic Interests:

  • Physical and psychological late effects in survivors of cancer treatment and BMT, including metabolic syndrome.
  • Return to work and physical activity after cancer.
  • Models of follow-up and care after cancer.   

Professional highlights: 

  • Consultant Nurse & Clinical Lead for the Teenage & Young Adult Late Effects Service at Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. 
  • EBMT Lead Nurse for the Complications and Quality of Life Working Party  
  • Honorary Professor status with the Department of Oncology, 
  • Member of the Macmillan Consequences of Cancer Collaborative (CCAT).    

Achievements: 

  • The Sheffield Survivorship and Late Effects services were recognized nationally in the prestigious Health Service Journal/Nursing Times Awards as “Cancer Care Team of the Year”, 2014.  
  • Awarded “Inspirational Leader” by the Yorkshire and Humber NHS Leadership Academy in 2014. 
  • Commended for an “Excellence Award in Innovation” by Macmillan Cancer Support in 2016.

  Publications:

Professor Greenfield has published many medical & scientific articles, including original observations and reviews, national guidelines and competence frameworks: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/oncology-metabolism/staff/staffpubs/dgreenfieldpublications

Mahmoud Aljurf, M.D., MPH

Dr. Mahmoud Aljurf is the Director of Adult Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant Program, Deputy Director of the Oncology Center at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center has one of the world largest centers for HSCT of allogeneic type. Currently, the center performs 250 allogeneic cases per year.   

Dr Aljurf received his M.D. degree in 1985. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston and combined Hematology & Oncology Fellowships at Stanford University Medical Center. He also received Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Johns Hopkins University and FRCPath from UK.


Professional Highlights: 

  • Scientific Director of the Eastern Mediterranean Blood and Marrow Transplantation Group (EMBMT).  
  • The Editor in Chief for the Elsevier journal Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Therapy.  
  • Recipient of the American College of Physicians (ACP) Mastership Award for the year 2012.  

Certifications and Licensure

Dr. Aljurf is American Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Hematology, Medical Management and Quality Assurance.


Publications: 

  Dr. Aljurf has published over 170 scientific papers, several book chapters and is also an editor of two books.   

https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0,5&q=al+jurf+mahmoud


Shahrukh K. Hashmi, M.D. MPH

Dr. Shahrukh Hashmi is a supplementary consultant in the Hematology Division of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, USA and also the Director of the BMT survivorship program at King Faisal Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 


Interests

  • Graft versus host disease 
  • Cancer Survivorship 
  • Senesence and accelerated aging  


Professional highlights:

  • Chair, Survivorship Special Interest Group, American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT), 2016. 
  • Member, Steering Committee, NIH BMT Late Effects Initiative, 2015.  
  • Lead investigator, Practice Guidelines Committee, ASBMT, 2015. 
  • Lead investigator, Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research Project, 2014. 
  • Member, Diversity and Health Disparities Group, National Marrow Donor Program, 2014. 
  • Director, Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic for Blood and Marrow Transplant Survivors, Mayo Clinic, 2012.   

    Certifications and licensure:
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Certified in Hematology. 
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Certified in Internal Medicine . 
  • American Board of Preventive Medicine Certified in Public Health & General Preventive Medicine.
  • MN State Medical License: Active through 2017. 

Publications: http://www.mayoclinic.org/biographies/hashmi-shahrukh-k-m-d/publications/pbc-20226887     

Hélène Schoemans, M.D

Dr. Hélène Schoemans is a haematologist and bone marrow transplant physician currently working at the University Hospitals of Leuven, Belgium. 

She completed her training in 2009 in Belgium. She also had the chance to gather her expertise through international internships in the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (Canada), the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview and the NIH-NCI (National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute), USA.    

She is fully trained as a coordinator clinical studies according to GCP-ICH E6 (R2) . She is also  an active member of the Belgian Hematological Society (BHS), the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT), the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) and the PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute).   


Academic Interests: 

  • Graft versus host disease 
  • Patient Reported Outcomes and Measures (PRO & PROMs) 
  • Chronic care models  
  • Quality of life 
  • eHealth   


Professional highlights: 

  • 1994 Elected member of the National Honor Society 
  • 2005 Educational Travel Grant for the FECS – ASCO – AACR: Methods in Clinical Cancer Research worshop in Flims, Switzerland. 
  • 2009 Best Poster award at Annual Meeting of Belgian Society of Hematology 
  • 2014 Travel grant from EBMT Complications & Quality of Life Working party 
  • 2016 Best videocast award, Doc’s Day KU LEUVEN 
  • 2017 Best presentation award, Doc’s Day KU LEUVEN  

Publications: 

https://lirias.kuleuven.be/cv?u=U0050822      

Bipin N. Savani, M.D.

Dr. Bipin Savani is a hematologist in Nashville, Tennessee, USA and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Specialization:  

Dr Savani’s area of specialization is in the treatment of hematological malignancies and stem cell transplantation.  

 Primary field of research:  Long-term follow-up after transplantation, including regimen-related toxicity/ supportive care, and outcomes analysis of transplant recipients.

Professional Highlights:  

  • Associate editor of the journals Bone Marrow Transplantation (official journal of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation- EBMT) and Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation (official journal of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation- ASBMT).  
  • Also serves as an editorial advisory board member for several journals in the field.  
  • Co-Chair of the steering Committee on Practice Guidelines (CoPG)- ASBMT, Acute Leukemia Working Party (ALWP)- EBMT (RIC subcommittee leader) and the Late Effects & Quality of Life Working Committee (LEWC) - Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant research (CIBMTR).  
  • Also serves as an Advisory Committee Members at Large North America-CIBMTR.  


Publications:  


Dr Savani has published over 200 peer reviewed articles, reviews, book chapters, editorials, perspectives and commentaries in the field of hematological malignancies and stem cell transplantation. https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=bipin+n+savani&btnG=&hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&oq=bipin+N+      

Dr Sean Robinson Smith, MD

Dr. Smith is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is the Medical Director of Cancer Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. 


Interests: 

Evaluating and managing functional impairments in patients with a history of cancer, including: 

  • Performance of chronic GVHD patients in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings,
  • Validating rapid and accurate assessment tools to screen oncology patients for rehabilitation needs,
  • Developing multi-center research collaboration between Cancer Rehabilitation programs to share common data elements.

  Professional Highlights:

  • Chair of the Cancer Rehabilitation Metrics Consortium,
  • Vice-Chair, Cancer Rehabilitation Physician Consortium,
  • Member and contributor to rehabilitation guidelines, 2014-2015 National Institutes of Health Development Project on Criteria for Clinical Trials in Chronic Graft-Versus Host Disease, Ancillary Therapy and Supportive Care Working Group, 
  • Editor, The ASCO Post's "Physiatry in Oncology Care", 
  • Clinical Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 
  • Global REACH Faculty Associate, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Publications: 

  https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=iNn_JWwAAAAJ&hl=en 

Jacqueline S. Drouin, PT, PhD

 Professor Drouin is a physical therapist and exercise physiologist. She currently teaches coursework to graduate and post-professional physical therapy students at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan USA. Her research focus is metabolic testing and exercise training for individuals with cancer. Professor Drouin’s research contributes to clinical practice guidelines for individuals in this population.
Interests:Metabolic assessments and exercise training in special populations with a focus on individuals undergoing cancer treatments.
Honours & Awards

  • American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Oncology Section Debbra Flomenhoft Humanitarian Award 2015.
  • World Congress for Physical Therapy’s Network for Oncology, HIV/AIDs ad Hospice and Palliative Care (WCPT-IPT HOPE) 2014 
  • International Scholar Award with G. Steven Morris PT, PhD. 
  • Michigan Physical Therapy Association’s Mable Holton Award for Research Publications; with Reyna Colombo, et al. 2015.

Professional highlights:

  • Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Oakland University, USA.
  • Coordinator of Post-Professional and Undergraduate Physical Therapy Research and Co-coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Oncology Rehabilitation.   
  • Editorial Board Member of Rehabilitation Oncology, the Journal of the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.
  • American Physical Therapy Association’s Oncology Section Board Member.
  • President of the World Congress for Physical Therapy’s Network for Oncology, Hospice and Palliative Care, and HIV/AIDS and developing Subgroup.

Publications:https://oakland.edu/Assets/Oakland/shs/files-and-documents/PT/Publications%20-Drouin%202015.pdf  


Dr Arun Alfred, MRCP & FRCPath

Dr Arun Alfred is  Consultant Haematologist based at the The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust ,South Yorkshire,U.K. His team provide a regional Photopheresis service for the treatment of GvHD . Working closely with the referring centers the team are  are actively involved in managing patents with GvHD, treating both adult and pediatric patients. 


 Interests: 

  • Acute and Chronic GvHD, 
  • Patient Quality of life and late Effects. 


Memberships: 

  • Royal College of Pathologists(U.K) ,
  • UK Photopheresis Society, 
  • EBMT 


 Publications : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Alfred+A%5Bauthor%5D 

Zinaida Peric, MD, PhD

Zinaida Peric received her MD and PhD at the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia. She undertook clinical fellowship at the University Hospital Centre Nantes and research training at National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) Nantes, France. 

She is currently working as a hematologist /transplant physician at the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the University Hospital Centre Zagreb and a postdoctoral research assistant at the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb.    


Academic interests: 

  • Immunobiology of GVHD 
  • Infectious complications after allo- HSCT long-term complications  
  • Quality of life    

Professional Highlights: 

  • 2017- Secretary of the Transplant Complications Working Party (TCWP) of the of the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT). 
  • 2017 Young Ambassador of the EBMT.  
  • 2014 University of Zagreb Medical School award for best Ph.D. Thesis.  
  • 2011 University of Zagreb Medical School award for scientific productivity.  
  • 2009 French Government and Croatian Ministry of Science Scholarship for postgraduate training.    

Memberships: 

  • Member of EBMT, 
  • European Hematological Association (EHA), 
  • European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO), 
  • Croatian Medical Chamber, 
  • Croatian Society for Hematology and Transfusion Medicine, 
  • Croatian Cooperative Group for Hematological Diseases.    

Important publications: 

https://scholar.google.hr/citations?user=-fKTOJgAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao   

Todd Lewarchick, DPT, FAAOMPT

Todd Lewarchick received his bachelor of science in biology and environmental science in 1999 and doctorate in physical therapy in 2003.   Todd is currently working as a Regional Clinical Rehab Manager at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA. Todd is also Certified in Pain Neuroscience education, Certified functional strength coach, Certified in IASTM and Certified in Dry Needling.



Academic Interests: 

  • Orthopaedics
  • Sports Medicine
  • Functional Aquatic Therapy
  • Extremity and Spinal Manipulation

Professional Highlights: 

  • Clinical Rehab Manager at Cleveland Clinic since 2007 
  • Fellowship trained Certified Manual Therapist
  • Orthopedic Residency Faculty 
  • Co-Developer of a Low Back Pain Care Path. 
  • Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist  
  • Certified Dry Needling
  • Guest Lecturer Slippery Rock University 
  • Faculty Mentor through the Manual Therapy Institute.  
  • Assistant lecturer of the Mid Atlantic Therapy Consultants.
     

Awards:

  • Caregiver Celebration Award - 2010 Cleveland Clinic.
  •  Research Honors (2003) Award on the study of “The effects of an 8 week core stabilization program on athletic performance in collegiate football players.” Study presented at the 2003 annual NATA Research Conference.

Tamara Vukic, MD, PhD

Dr Tamara Vukic works as a Attending Physician at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Orthopedics Devices at University Hospital Center Zagreb. She is involved in clinical research and have published and presented in the field of rehabilitation medicine. She is also involved in the education of Medical Students and Residents. 


Interests:

  • She is a member of the CGVHD multidisciplinary team evaluating cGVHD patients on the University Hospital Center Zagreb protocol.
  • Her particular clinical interest is rehabilitation of amputee patients and cancer rehabilitation. 


Professional Highlights: 

  • 2012 – Present, Attending Physician at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Orthopedics Devices at University Hospital Center Zagreb.
  • 2008 - 2012. Resident in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University Hospital Center Zagreb.
  • 2007 - 2008. Research Assistant at the Department of Neurology, University Hospital Center Sisters of Charity Zagreb.   

Professional Affiliations: 

  • Member, Croatian Medical Association. 
  • Member, Croatian Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Croatian Medical Association. 
  • Member, European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. 
  • Member, European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.

Publications:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/

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SHAZA ABO, PT

Shaza graduated from the Bachelor of Physiotherapy at LaTrobe University, Australia in 2011 and completed training as a level 1 lymphoedema therapist in 2012. She has been working as an oncology physiotherapist since 2012 at two hospitals in Melbourne, Australia.  She strives to develop research skills and initiate important research to directly impact patient care.    


Interests: 

  • Improving patient outcomes
  • Improving QoL in cancer & palliative care patients. 
  • Graft Versus Host Disease


Professional Highlights: 

  • She is currently the senior physiotherapist in hematology, bone marrow transplantation and palliative care at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia.
  • Whilst the majority of Shaza’s career has been working clinically, she has a strong interest in clinical research and is currently studying a Masters of Philosophy by Research (MPhil) degree alongside her clinical work. 

Achievements: 

  •  Since commencing her research, Shaza has already been able to increase awareness about the importance of exercise in cancer and the need for improved services, particularly in the allogeneic bone marrow transplant population, through Australia-wide public engagement via television news and through several conference presentations. 

M.S.Satish, PT

M.S.Satish graduated from Tamilnadu Dr.MGR Medical university, is a senior Physiotherapist in the field of onco-rehabilitation from India. He has been working as an oncology physiotherapist since 2003, at Cancer institute (WIA), Chennai, India. He designs exercise protocols to Address Cancer Through Individualized Exercises (ACTIVE). He is also pursuing his doctorate in Physiotherapy-Psycho- Oncology (Inter disciplinary) at Madras university.


Interests:

  • Evaluating and managing functional impairments from cancer sequelae.
  • Exercise intolerance in cancer.
  • Electro physiological agents to optimize onco-rehabiltation.
  • Preventive Oncology.
  • His clinical interest is in rehabilitation of cancer patients with revision limb salvage surgery.


Current field of research:

  • Exercise intervention to mitigate cancer related fatigue.
  • Breast cancer related lymphoedema quantify & manage.


Honors & Awards

  • Received the ‘Best Physiotherapist Award’ Conferred by the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University, Government of Tamil Nadu in Sept 2012. 
  • Oncology Special Interest Group Coordinator –World Confederation for Physical Therapy ( WCPT). (From 2012 - till date)
  • Central Executive Committee member - Indian Association of Physiotherapists(IAP). (From 2013 - till date)
  • Participated and Completed CReDO workshop-2017 (CReDO is an intensive oncology research protocol development workshop, participants selected on merit basis, and  modeled on similar workshops held in the United States (the AACR/ASCO Workshop on Methods in Clinical Cancer Research, Vail), Europe (ECCO-AACR-EORTC-ESMO Workshop on Methods in Clinical Cancer Research) and Australia (the ACORD Protocol Development Workshop).

Nnenna Nina Chigbo, PT, HHHF, MPH, MNSP, MISEI

Nnenna Nina Chigbo  is a graduate of Medical Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) from the University of Nigeria and has a Masters Degree in Public Health from Imo State University.  Nnenna designs exercise protocols for patients with deranged immune systems and manages patients in palliative care. 


  Interests: 

  • Oncology Rehabilitation 
  • Rehabilitation in HIV/AIDS  
  • Immune system disorders 
  • Exercise prescription in special populations.

Professional highlights: 

  • Guest researcher with the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD & TB Prevention Unit of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia (2011)   
  • National Vice President, Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy (NSP) (2016- date)  
  • Education Director WCPT-International Physiotherapists in HIV/AIDS, Oncology, Hospice and Palliative Care. (2013-date). 
  • Protocol reviewer, Health Research Ethics Committee, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu.    

  Awards: 

  • 2014 - Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy ‘Best Presenter’ Award recipient.
  • 2010 - Awarded the prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship granted by the Fulbright Scholarship Board under the US Department of State which earned her a Global Health fellowship in Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

  Publications: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=DfUDfVMAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&gmla=AJsN-F4bAVJWw9yX_vqhqXf-JNdTOytN8gW_0IXQElCZXPXAuNHvDbhP8z-sc20_5hRRPhYL3aFtrSdstHUo0LwqO1rolaS4nTpfvyHnyX_NrFO__8TqmOs

Jaleel A Mohammed, PT

 Jaleel Mohammed is a Physical Therapist from UK with over 15 years of  experience, specialising in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Jaleel has also been the Physiotherapy Lead for Orthopaedic clinical interest group at BMI Healthcare, UK for over 60 hospitals in its group. He is currently working as a Senior Physical Therapist at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh.     


Interests 

  • Graft versus host disease  
  • Enhanced Recovery Programmes (ERP)  
  • Patient Quality of Life 

Professional Highlights: 

  • Founder of Association of Physical Therapist in Graft Versus Host Disease (PTAGVHD).
  • Reviewer, Bone Marrow Transplant Journal, Nature. 
  • Member of the editorial board  Clinical Hematology International. 
  •  Reviewer International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. 
  • Senior Physical Therapist at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh. 

Memberships:

  • Member of Health & Care Professions Council, United Kingdom. 
  • Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, United Kingdom.  
  • Member of The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Orthopaedic Medicine & Injection Therapy, United Kingdom. 
  • Member of Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics. United Kingdom. 

Awards:  

  • ‘Pride of Swindon 2010’ Awarded by the Mayor of Swindon, England.  

Nominations: 

  • Nominated Night of the Stars – Carer of the Month 2012, UK 
  • Nominated Night of the Stars - Carer of the Month 2010,UK 
  • Nominated ‘Physio of the Year 2009’ for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, UK Award.  

Publications:

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=7h3OZBAAAAAJ&hl=en 

Hadeel Bakhsh, OT, Ph.D

 Dr. Hadeel Bakhsh is an Occupational Therapist, an International scholar, and is regarded as among the first professionals to represent the Occupational Therapy (OT) field in Saudi Arabia. 


      Interests: 

  • Graft versus host disease  
  • Outcome Measures in Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation  
  • Hand Therapy  

Professional highlights: 

  • Vice Dean of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, Princes Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University.  
  • Member of PNU-Health Science Research Centre Executive Committee, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz University Hospital.  
  • Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy, Princes Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University.      

Achievements: 

  • Selected as a 2017 Fulbright Scholar and Recipient of the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship in the field of Higher Education Administration, by the US Dept. of State, Fulbright Commission, and Institute of International Education.  
  • Won the 2017 Forchheimer Prize from the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics for the most outstanding paper on objective clinical assessment, evaluation or measurements in the journal Prosthetics and Orthotics International.     

Publications https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=K1f_M5EAAAAJ&hl=en     

Nouf Mohammed Abduldaim, PT

Miss Nouf is a Physical Therapist who graduated from Charles University,  Prague , Czech Republic. She has extensive experience in treating various musculoskeletal conditions and she is also certified in lymphatic drainage technique and KInesiology Taping for myofascial release.


Interests:

  • Graft Versus host disease
  • Treating Myofascial Problems
  • Kinesiology Taping - Myofascia 


Research & Skills: 

  • On going research Measuring Fascial movement pattern in upper limb post cGVHD - A new paradigm. 
  • On going Qualitative study : Are Physical therapist utilizing the optimal way of prescribing exercises to their patient ?
  • Thesis research and case study with the title of “physiotherapy treatment of patient with total endoprothesis of knee” defended and approved from Charles University in Prague with the evaluation of excellent.

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