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Webinar #1: The Global Political and Socioeconomic Impact of COVID-19 on Women's Health, Safety, and Rights
Monday, June 29, 2020, 8:30-10:00 a.m. ET
Scientists and public health professionals from around the world participated in this important webinar to hear the insights of a distinguished panel of experts, as they discussed the global political and socioeconomic impact of COVID-19 on issues of
women's health, safety, and rights domestically and internationally.
Moderator: Navid Madani, PhD, Dana-Farber Senior Scientist and Founder and Director of the SHE Center
Dr. Madani is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Cancer Immunology and Virology at Dana-Farber, with affiliated appointments at Harvard Medical School in the Departments of Microbiology and Immunobiology, and Global Health and Social Medicine. Dr.
Madani has applied her deep knowledge of research and scientific-based approaches to public health projects in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. In addition to her public health work, Dr. Madani researches the mechanisms of HIV-1 entry,
with the goal of developing a preventive modality to combat HIV transmission. Dr. Madani has been granted numerous independent awards, including an R01 grant.
Gina Brown, MD, Principal Medical Scientist, NY Region Medical Staff Affairs Team, Gilead Sciences
Dr. Brown provides HIV prevention education, and helps to develop prevention programs and investigator sponsored research. Dr. Brown is an obstetrician and gynecologist with extensive experience in HIV clinical care and research. Before joining Gilead,
Dr. Brown was a medical officer in the NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR), where she coordinated HIV research for non-vaccine biomedical prevention including PrEP, microbicides, and multipurpose prevention technologies, women's and girl's issues, and
comorbidities. Dr. Brown has also provided expert consultation to the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute HIV Guidelines Program.
Rana Dajani, PhD, Professor, Hashemite University, Jordan
Dr. Dajani is a Cmalakova Fellow at the Jepson school of Leadership at the University of Richmond. She has been a Harvard Radcliffe Fellow; a Fulbright Scholar; an Eisenhower Fellow; and a visiting professor at Yale and Cambridge universities. Dr. Dajani
is a world expert on the genetics of the Circassian and Chechen populations in Jordan. She established stem cell research ethics law in Jordan, and is an advocate for biological evolution and Islam. Dr. Dajani is an expert in the study of refugee
youth and the epigenetics of trauma across generations. She has been named among the most influential women scientists in the Islamic world. Dr. Dajani is President of the Society for the Advancement of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Arab
Catherine Hankins, MD, PHD, FRCPC, CM, Professor, McGill University and Co-Chair, Canadian COVID-19 Task Force
Dr. Hankins is Professor of Public and Population Health, McGill University; Deputy Director, Science at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and Honorary Professor, London School of Hygiene
and Tropical Medicine, England. She is co-chair of Canada's COVID-19 Immunity Task Force. A community medicine specialist, before joining the UN she was principal investigator of the Canadian Women's HIV Study; of studies involving prisoners and people
who inject drugs; and of population-based epidemiological studies. As Chief Scientific Adviser to UNAIDS in Geneva, she led the scientific knowledge translation team focused on ensuring ethical and participatory HIV prevention trial conduct, convening
mathematical modelling teams, and supporting country implementation of proven biomedical HIV prevention modalities.
Minoo Mohraz, MD, Professor, Tehran University of Medical Sciences and Member, Iranian COVID-19 Task Force
An Iranian physician, researcher, and AIDS specialist, Dr. Mohraz is considered to be Iran's foremost medical expert on HIV/AIDS. She is a Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences and head of the Iranian Centre for
HIV/AIDS. Through Dr. Mohraz's pragmatic approach towards HIV/AIDS, her secular identity, promotion of public awareness campaigns, and encouraging of safer sexual practices, she has become a recognized face of the AIDS movement in Iran. During the
COVID-19 pandemic in Iran, Dr. Mohraz was appointed a member of the Iranian Committee to Combat Coronavirus.