Adriaan Hopperus Buma is a public health physician who served in the Netherlands Navy for 38 years in various Fleet, Marine Corps and Joint Command and Staff functions. Among others he served as Medical Plans Officer at NATO HQ in Northwood (UK), Dep. AFOR Medical Advisor (Albania) and Senior Medical Officer on St. Martin after Hurricane Luis. As Senior Fleet Surgeon he was in charge of the national medical planning for UN missions to Eritrea (UNMEE) and Liberia (UNMIL). He was Commanding Officer of the joint deployable surgical teams which brought him to Iraq and Afghanistan. His final position was Inspector-General Military Health Care.
Admiral Buma is a graduate of Utrecht University and received his public health training in Leiden.
His Ph.D.-studies during the UNTAC-mission (Cambodia) comprised studies on health surveillance, malaria and hepatitis. He is a founding examiner of the Diploma in Conflict & Catastrophe Medicine for the Society of Apothecaries of London, preparing military and civilian doctors for disaster and humanitarian relief operations. He is editor of the textbook on Conflict & Catastrophe Medicine. He is the recipient of the 25th Michael E. DeBakey International Military Surgeons Award (USUHS, Bethesda MD) and has been knighted to Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau. He has fellowships of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (UK) and the New Westminster College, Vancouver B.C.
Since his retirement from the Navy (2012) he works as senior consultant in the Harbour Hospital Rotterdam (Dept. Tropical & Travel Medicine) and lectures at the Netherlands.
Katrina Kubicek is a medical anthropologist and is currently the Associate Director of the Community, Health Outcomes, and Intervention Research (CHOIR) Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She also co-directs the Community Engagement program of the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI) at the University of Southern California. She received her doctorate in Health Behavior Research from the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.
Her training as a medical anthropologist provides a unique lens in which to view research and take into account the many cultural and social influences on individuals' health and well-being, integral to unpacking issues impacting health disparities locally and globally. Her work has included serving as the Ethnographer on a number of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded studies over the past ten years which involved working closely with diverse communities such as young gay and bisexual men in examining HIV risks in urban populations, the House and Ball communities of Los Angeles and promotoras de salud in providing evidence-based guidelines to support cardiovascular health in urban and rural Latino communities. Her particular research focus includes understanding the dynamics of intimate partner violence among young gay and bisexual men as well as examining the societal and structural barriers to HIV prevention and care for young men of color in urban settings.
She has had the opportunity to work side by side with some of the most diverse communities in the world and these experiences continue to inform her work as well as the research of colleagues and other faculty at USC and CHLA. Without these relationships, her research agenda would not be as vast and applicable to the many different health conditions affecting our diverse communities.
Dr. Robert's research interests are in the use of molecular techniques such as pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, sequencing, and other DNA-based methods to characterize microorganisms from sources such as foods, clinicial samples, environmental samples and others. The goal of these projects is to corrrelate the molecular data with epidemiological information about the bacteria tested including likely source of contamination, associated disease, antibiotic resistance, etc.
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