Multi-disciplinary Research in  eHealth in the context of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and SDGs

Dr. Pradeep Ray
Centre For Entrepreneurship  at the University of Michigan Joint Institute at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University(SJTU)

He was the founder and Director for 10 yrs at the Asia Pacific ubiquitous Healthcare research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia that was designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre on eHealth (in 2013). In APuHC, Pradeep has been working on a range of innovative projects on eHealth and mHealth (jointly with the industry, country governments and global bodies like WHO, ITU and IEEE) in eHealth (using Information and Communication Technologies in Healthcare) and mHealth (healthcare using mobile phone technologies) across the Asia Pacific region. He is currently leading research on social entrepreneurship, such as Universal Healthcare based on UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) through public-private partnerships. He has been the founder of IEEE Healthcom, the premier international conference on eHealth that has been held annually since 1999. He is now an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer on Social Implications of Technology (see www.ieeessit.org).

21st Century Challenges in Global health and Required Social/Technological Innovation

Dr. Ryoma Kayano
Technical Officer,
WHO Centre for Health Development

Dr. Kayano is a professional staff of WHO Centre for Health Development and works for different policy researches on UHC(Universal Health Coverage), Ageing, Innovation and Health Emergencies, especially in terms of dementia and disaster mental health as his background is psychiatry. He has been a focal point of health emergency at the centre since 2015 and worked for risk communication with national/local municipalities and WHO HQ, WPRO(West Pacific Regional Office) in terms of health emergencies including disaster medicine and communicable disease outbreak. He also coordinate a policy research on dementia early detection and intervention in collaboration with Japanese/International experts and proceeding communication with international academia for possible research collaboration. He graduated from Nagasaki University School of Medicine and had been involved in international NGO activities while he was a student.


Professor Mark Stafford Smith
Science Director of CSIRO 

Dr Mark Stafford Smith is based in Canberra, Australia, and helps to coordinate Adaptation Research across CSIRO; he oversights a highly interdisciplinary program of research on many aspects of adapting to climate change, as well as regularly interacting with national and international policy issues. He has over 30 years experience in drylands systems ecology, management and policy, including senior roles such as CEO of the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre in Alice Springs.  His significant international roles include being past vice-chair of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme’s Scientific Committee.   In 2012 he was co-chair of the Planet Under Pressure: New Knowledge Towards Solutions conference on global environmental change in the lead up to Rio+20.  In 2013 he was appointed Chair of the inaugural Science Committee for Future Earth, which aims to help coordinate research towards global sustainability worldwide.




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