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USA Dr. Christine Greene USA Dr. Kelly A. Reynolds USA Dr. Judy Stone
Nigeria Adejoke Ogungbire Canada Dr. Syed Sattar USA Michael Ackerman
USA Curtis J. Donskey, MD Austrailia Dr. Ian Mackay USA Dr. Rodney E. Rohde
USA Dr. Rebecca Christofferson Canada Jason Tetro Canada Michael Rochon
South Africa Vanessa Carter USA Dr. Helene Paxton USA John LaRochelle
USA Savannah Hatt

 

Dr. Syed Sattar

Location: Canada

Canada

Dr. Syed Sattar

Syed A. Sattar, PhD.

Dr. Sattar (Professor Emeritus, University of Ottawa) is internationally recognized as one of the leading subject matter experts in infection prevention & control and an advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the World Health Organization (WHO).

Over the past 50 years of research, he has expanded our understanding of infection control in terms of both practical cleaning practices, as well as innovations towards the prevention of infections in hospitals and other public spaces.

Currently Dr. Sattar is the Chief Scientific Officer for CREM Co, Inc.

Dr. Christine Greene

Location: United States of America

USA

Dr. Christine Greene

Christine Greene, MPH, PhD.

Dr. Christine Greene has over 9 years of experience in epidemiological and laboratory research.   She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences and an MPH in Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her academic research focus has been on healthcare pathogen transmission, pathogen environmental survival, and biofilms which has led to multiple publications. At NSF International, Dr. Greene has been making strides to improve public health in the areas of infectious disease prevention and control in clinical and dental settings. Her research focus in on healthcare pathogen transmission, pathogen environmental survival, disinfection, hand hygiene and biofilms. Her work serves to improve the accuracy of environmental mediated infectious disease transmission modelling, strengthens current guidelines to control healthcare-associated infections and provides new insights that will stimulate innovative approaches to reduce the risk of biofilm-related infections, pathogen transmission and curtail the environmental persistence and transmission of infectious agents.  Dr. Greene also co-founded the Healthcare Infection Transmission Systems (HITS) Consortium – an organization that strives to break down silos in healthcare using a cross-disciplinary, systems approach to addressing the pressing issues around infection control.

Curtis J. Donskey, MD

Location: United States of America

USA

Curtis J. Donskey, MDCurtis J. Donskey, MD

Curtis J. Donskey, MD, is an Infectious Diseases physician at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.  He has served as hospital epidemiologist and Chair of the Infection Control Committee since 1999.  His research focuses primarily on infection control of healthcare-associated pathogens, particularly Clostridium difficile.  He has conducted numerous studies examining the role of the environment in the spread of pathogens and identifying effective cleaning methods.  His research has been funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and several book chapters and review articles.  In addition to his research, Dr. Donskey has received awards for teaching of medical students, residents, and fellows.

Adejoke Ogungbire

Location:  Nigeria

Nigeria

Adejoke Ogungbire

Adejoke Ogungbire

With over ten years’ experience in Health Development, Adejoke Ogungbire (MPH) joins InfectionControl.tips as Adivsor Board member, Country Coordinator and Contributory Author for Nigeria. Adejoke is a Public Health Specialist in Health Promotion and Education with a background in Human Nutrition (BSc.) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, West Africa. Through her passion for health development, she has become an advocate for hard-to-reach and underserved populations in parts of Nigeria. She has pioneered a couple of development efforts locally and internationally in the area of infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and TB, alongside other health-related challenges.

In 2000-2001, Adejoke worked with UNICEF alonside Ministries of Health and Education in initiating a childcare facility in Markurdi, Benue state, Nigeria, an effort that earned her the State National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Governing Board Chairman’s award (2001). In 2006, she joined the award-winning non-governmental organization, Journalists Against AIDS (JAAIDS) and became part of the editorial team of Nigeria’s popular HIV online resource, E-forum (www.nigeria-aids.org/eforum) and HIV treatment newsletter, Access Alert. She hopes to see a Nigeria, and indeed Africa, where everyone, regardless of age, sex, social or economic status, will be able to access adequate and appropriate health services without constraints.

Dr. Rebecca Christofferson

Location:  United States of America

USA

Rebecca Christofferson

Dr. Rebecca Christofferson

PhD, MApSt, BS

Rebecca Christofferson is currently an Assistant Professor at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. She researches the factors that alter and potentially mitigate transmission of mosquito-borne viruses. Specifically, she looks at how mosquito-virus (such as the extrinsic incubation period) and vertebrate-virus (such as intensity of viremia) interactions can lead to changes in the potential for transmission of these viruses. She uses mathematical simulation models to test hypotheses regarding the relative importance of these interactions in effort to improve forecasting of transmission and emergence of these viruses.

Dr. Ian Mackay

Location:  Australia

Austrailia
Dr. Ian Mackay

Ian M Mackay, PhD

Ian completed his undergraduate studies in Medical Laboratory Science at the Queensland University of Technology. Between 1992 and 2015 Ian was a Research Assistant, PhD student and a post-doctoral research group leader at the Queensland Paediatric Infectious Diseases Laboratory, Queensland Health. He remains an adjunct Associate Professor at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Queensland and has published more than 80 academic works.

In 2015 Ian left research and moved to a Supervising Scientist role detecting and characterising viral threats to public and environmental health for Queensland Health. He is an adjunct Associate Professor within the Faculty of Health at the Queensland University of Technology.

As a virologist, Ian designs validates and curates molecular assays to conduct investigations which support clinical and public health needs, helping to discover and characterize known, new, newly identified and rare viruses.

Ian is also an Associate Editor at the Journal of Clinical Virology and an Editor at Viruses. He reviews manuscripts, grant applications and institutional biosafety applications for a range of publishers and organizations.

Interests include his family, virus hunting, respiratory viruses (particularly coronaviruses, influenza viruses and the picornaviruses), virus:virus interactions, virus detection and discovery and emerging viruses. He believes there is a need for more communication by science and medical professionals. He likes to write for his blog and to leverage social media to interact, inform, learn from and teach others about all aspects of virology.

Jason Tetro

Location:  Canada

Canada
Jason "The Germ Guy" Tetro

Jason “The Germ Guy” Tetro

Jason Tetro is an independent researcher in health-related microbiology and immunology with over 25 years of experience in various fields including bloodborne, food and water pathogens; environmental microbiology; disinfection and antisepsis; and emerging pathogens such as Zika virus. He currently serves as a visiting scientist at the University of Guelph. Jason is better known in the public as The Germ Guy.  He regularly writes for The Huffington Post Canada, Popular Science, and The Globe and Mail. He also has a regular monthly column with CBC Radio. He has written two books, The Germ Code, which was shortlisted as Science Book of The Year (2014) and The Germ Files, which spent several weeks on the national bestseller list. He has also co-edited, The Human Microbiome Handbook, which provides an academic perspective on the impact of microbes in human health.

Dr. Judy Stone

Location:  United States of America

USA
Dr. Judy Stone

Dr. Judy Stone

Dr. Stone is an Infectious Disease specialist, experienced in conducting clinical research and the author of Conducting Clinical Research, the essential guide to the topic. Judy has survived 25 years in solo practice in rural Cumberland, Maryland, and now works part time as an Infectious Diseases locum tenens physician. She especially loves writing about ethical issues, and tilting at windmills as she advocates for social justice. As part of Dr. Stone’s overall desire to save the world when she grows up, Judy has become particularly interested in neglected tropical diseases. In her next life, she would love to teach overseas. When not slaving over hot patients, Judy can be found playing with photography, friends’ dogs, or in her garden. Follow her on Twitter @drjudystone and her articles on Forbes.com

 

Dr. Rodney E. Rohde

Location:  United States of America

USA

Dr. Rodney E. Rohde

Dr. Rodney E. Rohde

Rodney E. Rohde, Ph.D., M.S., SV, SM, MB (ASCP)CM received his Bachelor of Science (microbiology) and Masters (Biology, emphasis in virology) degrees from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). Dr. Rohde received his Ph.D. in Education in 2010 (Adult Professional Community Education) with a focus on Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from Texas State.

Dr. Rohde is Professor in the College of Health Professions and was appointed as the Chair for the Clinical Laboratory Science program in 2013 at Texas State University. In June of 2011, he was appointed as Associate Dean of Research for his college. He is also a clinical assistant professor (joint appointment, non-paid) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Allied Health Sciences, Department of Laboratory Sciences & Primary Care, Clinical Laboratory Science Program. Additionally, Dr. Rohde continues to enjoy being an adjunct associate professor of biology in the nursing program for Austin Community College where he received the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award, as well as being nominated for the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award (national award) for Teaching. He holds certifications as a Specialist in Virology, Specialist in Microbiology, and Molecular Biologist from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Rodney spent a decade as a public health microbiologist and molecular epidemiologist with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Bureau of Laboratories and Zoonosis Control Division prior to his academic career. While there, Dr. Rohde helped establish the DSHS laboratory as an internationally recognized regional reference laboratory for rabies typing. He also participated in the internationally successful Oral Rabies Vaccination Program which helped eliminate canine rabies from parts of Texas. Rodney received the prestigious J.V. Irons Award for Scientific Excellence from the DSHS Bureau of Laboratories for his efforts in rabies control and prevention.

His research interests are very diverse but focus on adult education and public health microbiology, specifically with respect to rabies virology, oral rabies wildlife vaccination, antibiotic resistant bacteria, and molecular diagnostics/biotechnology. Dr. Rohde has published over 40 research articles and abstracts and presented at over 100 international, national, and state conferences. He has received a variety of grant support for his research. Recently in 2013, he was recognized as the Distinguished Author by ASCLS and was awarded by the same organization the 2014 and 2007 ASCLS Scientific Research Award for his work with rabies and MRSA. Additionally, he has been recognized as the CDC/ATSDR Charles C. Shepard Scientific Award nominee (Assessment Epidemiology category for 2006 publication “Bat-associated Rabies Virus in Skunks”). Dr. Rohde has been the College of Health Professions Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities numerous times since 2003.

In 2012, Dr. Rohde’s research with Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) was selected as part of the Texas State Rising Star video series. The video clip was part of an ESPN clip highlighting the university, as well as being featured in HillViews and Texas Monthly.

Dr. Rohde also serves as a Consulting Editor for Clinical Laboratory Science, Associate Editor for BMC Research journal and as a reviewer for CLS, Emerging Infectious Diseases, and International Journal of Molecular Sciences journals. He has been an invited reviewer for numerous clinical microbiology and molecular diagnostic textbooks. Dr. Rohde is considered a subject matter expert in rabies and MRSA, as well as other public health and clinical laboratory topics. Dr. Rohde serves or has served on numerous advisory boards, including the Healthcare Environmental Disinfection Advisory Board with Johnson and Johnson, Cleanint Advisory Board, PerfectClean (UMF), and others. These appointments are typically focused on the impact of the healthcare environment on HAIs, including a scientific discussion of how the hospital environment contributes to HAIs, including common infectious agents, how they are spread, and environmental contributors to morbidity and mortality. They represent a broad multidisciplinary group focusing on understanding gaps in current evidence, policy, and practice, and discussing how to encourage change in beliefs and behaviors relative to each of these aspects, to ultimately reduce HAIs and improve patient outcomes. He also serves on a number of other national and state Advisory Boards and is the current President Elect of the Texas Association for Clinical Laboratory Science. His term as President will begin in 2015.

Rodney enjoys spending time with his wife Bonnie and children – daughter Haley and son Landry. Professor Rohde is passionate about teaching and mentoring students towards productive and exciting careers in clinical laboratories. He also enjoys incorporating leadership, research, and integrity into his student’s and colleagues’ educational experience and challenging them to strive for lifelong learning.

Michael Rochon

Location:  Canada

Canada

Michael Rochon

Michael Rochon

Michael Rochon is a pioneer chemical formulator with a successful track record in developing low-odor and zero-V.O.C.-emission cleaning products. Michael’s ground breaking work in the field of new technology cleaning formulations has led to many patents including United States Patent 6,346,279 B1 Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfectant with Increased Activity. For the past forty years, Michael has worked in the cleaning supply and contract maintenance industry.

Michael’s insight and vision led him to develop new technology cleaning formulations presently used in many hospitals. With foresight, he recognized the need for safer and healthier cleaning product formulations for the general public, and especially for the chemically hypersensitive individuals. Michael’s efforts in bringing to market low-odor cleaning products garnered him endorsements from several environmental organizations. Michael has also pioneered new technology cleaning formulations for disinfection and sanitization markets. Michael is President of Process Cleaning Solutions, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Process Cleaning Solutions is a Canadian company devoted to cleaning in such a way as to protect public health, protect the most sensitive, protect the environment and prevent the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Michael is currently developing cleaning processes that physically remove bacteria and bacterial spores to the same level as disinfectants are required to kill or inactivate for registration as disinfectants. These processes are used with PCS products registered with the United States EPA and Health Canada as disinfectants, allowing institutions to shift the focus to better cleaning of health care facilities in a safer , more effective and sustainable manner.

As with Michael’s discovery of synergy between hydrogen peroxide, anionic surfactants and inorganic acids he has now discovered a synergy between PCS stabilized sodium hypochlorite’s and controlled moisture cleaning with micro fiber cloths.

This synergy allows for effective, safer and sustainable cleaning to protect public health including hospital isolation daily and discharge cleaning without the need to supplement cleaning with additional protocols like UV disinfection.

Michael also is committed to assisting Health care facilities validate cleaning process with onsite microbial testing. Cleaning to a scientifically validated standard.

Michael has presented at numerous conferences including: International Policy Forum, Environmental and Professional Hygiene, Toward the Prevention of Drug Resistant Infections, International Society of Microbial Resistance and Office of International Medical Policy School of Public Policy, George Mason University, 11th World Congress on Environmental Health Vancouver, Sept 2010.

Vanessa Carter

Location:  South Africa

South Africa

Venassa Carter

Vanessa Carter

Vanessa is an internationally recognized South African Facial Difference and MRSA ePatient speaker. She is also the founder of hcsmSA which is an acronym for Health Care Social Media South Africa. In coming years she hopes the ecosystem will connect all aspects that make up South Africa’s population health to improve access to treatment and precision medicine.

Vanessa was the creative director of Artext, a design company which she established in 1997. In 2004, due to a severe car accident in Johannesburg she spent ten years through the medical system reconstructing damage done to her face with a multi-disciplinary team.

Read her story: The “Fatal Warning” Antibiotics Don’t Have 

In 2013, she used her patient experience to diversify her business services to include medical websites with animated patient education because one of the biggest issues she experienced was the lack of online specialists and accurate resources.

The initial doctors websites idea, later evolved into a concept of an ecosystem to connect local healthcare and collect data centrally, it was a social network for health care called hcsmSA.

Dr. Helene Paxton

Location:  United States of America

USA

Dr. Helene Paxton

Dr. Helene Paxton

Dr. Helene Paxton is an infection preventionist with over 40 years of experience in in both acute and long term care. After receiving her PhD in epidemiology, she specialized in vector borne diseases including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme disease, Dengue Fever, and Ehrlichiosis before running an immunology laboratory in Baltimore. Through her experience, she has amassed over 70 product patents in in vitro diagnostics, and consults with organizations (including the US Department of Defense) from around the world regarding infectious disease. She has multiple teaching appointments for allied health students and now joins the advisory board at InfectionControl.tips.

John LaRochelle

Location:  United States of America

USA

John LaRochelle

John LaRochelle

John brings over 30 years of environmental infection prevention, facilities management and safety experience in hospitals, long term care, corporate and education establishments with direct management experience in environmental infection prevention, facilities management, biomedical engineering, construction, housekeeping, laundry and as a hospital safety officer.

In his role as Head of Innovation for Sodexo’s North American operations, John was responsible for R&D, development of standards, training and deployment for the Sodexo’s environmental infection prevention offer globally.

Michael Ackerman

Location:  United States of America

USA

Mike AckermanMichael Ackerman

Michael Ackerman is currently the Director of the Master in Healthcare Innovation Program and Professor of Clinical Nursing at The Ohio State University. Mike has held just about every role in nursing a nurse could hold including Candy Striper to Senior Director. His entire career has been in the critical care arena from staff nurse, nurse manager, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner and most recently Senior Director of Nursing. He has over 50 publications as well as several funded studies. In addition, he has held leadership roles in a number of academic settings. Mike has a passion for critical care nursing as well as innovation. This is evident in his much sought after presentations on a variety of critical care topics in critical care. He also has a passion for the “Crucial Conversations” program which he has implemented in two of his recent institutions. This implementation has been a catalyst in much of Mike’s work in the area of culture change. Mike is a disruptive innovator, a skilled clinician, avid researcher, motivational speaker and caring leader. Leading from the bedside has been a consistent theme in Mike’s career. When he is not busy following his work passion he spends time with his family as well as various athletic activities.

Savannah Hatt

Location:  United States of America

USA

Savannah Hatt, MPH Savannah Hatt, MPH

Savannah Hatt, MPH is a Project Manager in the Applied Research Center at NSF International.  Savannah’s work focuses on reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) by improving environmental cleaning and hand hygiene practices.  She joined NSF International in 2017, where she supports development of new service offerings for the clinical space and manages clients seeking microbiological testing for new products.  Savannah also serves as the Conference Chair of the Healthcare Infection Transmission Systems (HITS) Consortium and has been an integral part in the organization of their annual conference as well as their ongoing research in reducing HAIs. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and a Master’s of Public Health in epidemiology, with her graduate research focusing on reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

Dr. Kelly A. Reynolds

Location:  United States of America

USA

Kelly A. Reynolds, PhDDr. Kelly A. Reynolds

Dr. Reynolds is Professor and Chair of the Department of Community, Environment and Policy; Program Director of Environmental Health Sciences at the Zuckerman College of Public Health, and Director of the Environment, Exposure Science and Risk Assessment Center at the University of Arizona. She has over 30 years of experience in academia- specializing in tracking pathogen movement in healthcare environments and evolving predictive risk assessment models for determining pathogen spread, human exposure potentials, adverse health impacts and intervention efficacy. Dr. Reynolds has served as a principal investigator on numerous projects and published over 375 journal articles, book chapters and professional reports. In the last year, her work was featured in over 50 popular media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed and the Huffington Post. Most recently she co-founded the HITS (Healthcare Infection Transmission Systems) Consortium, utilizing her expertise in integrating academic research teams with medical personnel, clinical diagnostic laboratories, patients, industries and other stakeholders for a multidisciplinary approach toward research, communication and management efforts in infection prevention.