Global Health Inspiration Days 2019

The Centre for Global Health is pleased to announce Global Health Inspiration Days 2019, offering a unique networking opportunity for students, researchers and clinicians as well as the policy community at large. The 16 September is co-organized with Boston University and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

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The event is free of charge and includes a free lunch and coffee breaks. For overall logistics, please register below for Day 1 and/or Day 2. 


Day 1 will be a thematic day highlighting our RELIGHT programme with international guests debating antibiotic microbial resistance (AMR) and conflict. The meeting is co-organized with Boston University and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).Target groups are scholars and practitioners from clinical practice, humanities, social sciences, public health and engineering, from across the world.

Day 2 will entail informative presentations from some of our Signatory Theme leaders on their specialized topics and presentations from our Phd. students presenting their work.

Programme Day 1

Conflict driven Antibiotic resistance – using a One Health approach

The global impact of armed conflict, war, and forced migration is not limited to the loss of life, infrastructure (healthcare facilities, roads), and property. Conflicts and war affect the long-term health and well-being of communities. Refugees, those internally displaced, and citizens caught in conflict not only struggle with immediate ill health outcomes such as

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war wounds and diarrheal diseases in children, but are also exposed to antimicrobial resistant (AMR) microbes. In addition to well-known drivers of AMR such as misuse of antibiotics, resistance is also propagated through the collapse of the health system, and through the exposure of people to contaminants of war in the environment. In fact, these mechanisms may drive the development of AMR not just in the immediate conflict zones and its vicinity, but also in the region at large and in places far from the sites of war and conflict, and long after the shooting ends.

On-going and or repeated warfare destroys infrastructure, and in addition, war chemicals spill over into the human, animal, and environmental ecosystem. Therefore, we argue that an integrated “One Health” approach is needed to analyze the challenges associated with AMR arising from conflicts in multiple locations. This implies analyzing the issue from an integrated human, animal, and environmental point of view.

The conference will bring together scholars and practitioners from clinical practice , humanities, social sciences, public health and engineering, from across the world, to identify the challenges associated with conflict driven development and spread of AMR, and what a One Health approach may be able to accomplish in these complex and dynamic environments.

Inspiration Day 1 Program: 




08:30 Coffee and mingling  
Health in Conflict - Setting the Scene
08:50 Welcome Andrea S. Winkler - Director, Centre for Global Health & Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, University of Oslo
Keynote Speaker
9:00 The Big Picture: War, Resistance and Ecology of War Omar Al-Dewachi - MDPhD, Associate Professor, medical anthrolpology, Rutgers University 

AMR in Conflict: A One Health Approach. The example of Syria

9:30 War Wounds, Resistance and Impact on the Displaced Population Ghassan Abu-Sittah - Head of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the American University of Beirut Medical Centre and the co-director of the Conflict Medicine Program at the Global Health Institute at the American university of Beirut (TBC)


Experiences from Treating  War-related and Other Injuries with Multiresistant Bacteria in Mosul and Gaza

Øyunn HolenMedicins Sans Frontiers
10:15 Coffee break  


The Biology of Conflict-Driven Resistance

Nabil Karah - MD., PhD. The Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS) Department of Molecular Biology, Umea University


Panel and Q&A, moderated by Noor Khan, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

11:45 Lunch  
Health in Conflict - the broader picture
12:30 The Growing Problem and Negligence of Infectious Diseases in Humanitarian Crises Deborati Guha Sapir - Director of Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) and Professor at the University of Louvain School of Public Health, Brussels, Belgium

Health Consequences of Armed Conflict – Implications for Sustainable Development

Scott Gates - Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo, Research Professor at the Peace Research institute Oslo (PRIO), Editor of the International Area Studies Review and of the Journal of Peace Research


Panel and Q&A, moderated by Muhammad Zaman

14:00 Wrapping up Muhammad Zaman

Programme Day 2

Signatory Themes and PhD student presentations on research projects

Global Health Inspiration Day 2 is designed for students, faculty and visiting scholars who are interested in Global Health research with an emphasis on our Signatory Themes.

This event is a showcase for the research, training and outreach in Global Health being undertaken across the University of Oslo.The goal of Global Health Inspiration Day 2 is to feature the rich diversity of Global Health work being done within the different Signatory Themes across various departments at UiO. Day 2 will include networking opportunities and brief presentations similar to Inspiration Day 2017 and 2018. This year Signatory Theme Leaders will present recent info and news pertaining to their Signatory Theme, along with a debut of our PhD students showcasing their current projects. 

Inspiration Day 2 Program:


Signatory Theme & Title


8:30 Coffee & mingling  
9:00 Welcome Andrea S. Winkler - Director, Centre for Global Health & Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, University of Oslo

Keynote address - Iraqibacter: War and the Biology of History


Omar Al-Dewachi - MDPhD, Associate Professor, Medical Anthrolpology, Rutgers University 
9:40 Q&A
9:50 Signatory Theme: Global Nutrition - "Obesity Prevention - Moving Upstream to a Systems Approach" Nanna Lien -Professor, Institute of Basic Medical Sciecnes, University of Oslo
10:10 Q&A
10:15 Signatory Theme: Non-communicable Diseases - "Urbanization is NOT Anymore One of the Most Important Drivers of the Global Rise in Obesity" Espen Bjertness -Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, University of Oslo
10:35 Q&A
10:40 Coffee break
11:00 Signatory Theme: Health Systems and Global Governance - "This Year and Next Week in Health Systems and Global Governance" Trygve Ottersen - Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, University of Oslo
11:20 Q&A
11:25 Signatory Theme: Paediatrics - "Education and Training Intervention Effect on Air Leaks and Cerebral Bleeding in a Newborn Cohort in Botswana" Britt Nakstad - Professor, Division of Medicine and Laboratory Sciences, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo
11:45 Q&A
11:50 Signatory Theme: Global Migrant Health - "Iodine and Vitamin D: A Common Challenge in Immigrant Health" Ahmed Ali Madar - Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, University of Oslo
12:10 Q&A
12:15 Lunch
13:00 Phd presentation  
13:05 Phd presentation  
13:10 Phd presentation  
13:15 Phd presentation  
13:20 Phd presentation  
13:25 Phd presentation  
13:30 Signatory Theme: Global Surgery and Anaesthetics - "Balancing Priorities in Global Surgery: How Essential is Specialized Surgery" Patrick Kamalo, Chief Specialist in Neurosurgery with the Ministry of Health, at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi & founder of the Blantyre Institute of Neurological Sciences 
14:00 Q&A
14:10 Signatory Theme: Contemporary History and Anthropology - Title: "TBD" Heidi Fjeld - Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, University of Oslo
14:30 Q&A
14:35 Signatory Theme (TBD)  
14:55 Q&A
15:00 Announcement of PhD presentation winner and ending remarks


Centre for Global Health, Boston University (Inspiration Day 1) and PRIO – Peace Research Institute Oslo (Inspiration Day 1)

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