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January 16th 2013

Dr. Thomas Odeny, MBChB, MPH, a Kenyan medical doctor & epidemiologist with an interest in implementation sciences for HIV prevention, care, and treatment. He is a Fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in the Dept of Global Health at U Washington. As a Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellow he evaluated the use of mobile phone technologies to support HIV prevention interventions. He was PI of “Improving uptake of early infant diagnosis of HIV for PMTCT: a randomized trial of a text messaging intervention.”, and conducted a 1,200-person randomized trial on text messaging to improve outcomes after adult male circumcision for HIV prevention in Kenya - a study nominated for the Top 11 in 2011 mHealth Innovators Challenge by mHealth Alliance and Rockefeller Foundation.

October 30, 2012

Harm Reduction Services for People who Inject Drugs in Tanzania: Using Implementation Science to Guide Program Delivery. Dr.Barrot Lambdin, Director of Implementation Science at Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, Assistant Professor in Dept of Global Health at the University of Washington. His research supports and strengthens health systems to more efficiently deliver programs in resource-limited settings, identifying bottlenecks and solutions to the implementation of proven interventions for HIV prevention and treatment. He has been involved in initiatives looking at the impact of integrating HIV services into primary health care, health workforce shortages, mapping patient flow through facilities and strengthening management to support health system integration in Mozambique. Barrot leads efforts to design and implement rigorous operations and implementation research activities for Pangaea and is currently leading initiatives with several programs, including methadone and accompanying risk reduction services for people who inject drugs in Tanzania.

September 19, 2012

Dr. George Rutherford and Sarah Royce, from UCSF Global Health, describe the process of evidence synthesis at the World Health Organization and conducting Cochrane Reviews. They highlight a recent review on TB/HIV service integration. The discussion illustrated for the group the process by which primary scientific evidence is systematically summarized for policy makers.

August 14, 2012

Dr. Mead Over, Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington DC, was in town to discuss the use of cost “functions” instead of “identities” as a novel approach to modeling the costs of implementation in the global response to HIV/AIDS.

July 18, 2012

Dr. Lawrence W. Green, considered by many to be one of the founders of the field of implementation science, discussed the idea of practice-based evidence in his talk “Designing for Dissemination and Implementation: Making Research More Relevant & Actionable for Translation to Other Populations and Settings.

April 25, 2012

Dr. Margret Handley discusses frameworks for implementation science, with a view to frameworks useful for global health settings.