China Platform Associates

Global REACH Faculty Associates who identify China as a country of clinical/educational/research interest:

 

Robert Anderson, EdD
Home unit: Learning and Health Sciences
Global health focal area/s: For 25+ years our team has conducted NIH-funded randomized controlled trials demonstrating the superiority of a patient-centered/patient empowerment approach we developed compared to usual diabetes care. This approach has earned a world-wide reputation as an evidence-based effective approach to diabetes care and education and has been formally adopted by the Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers in Mexico and the National Health Service in United Kingdom. A new three arm study in China explores the Informed Consent experience of patients in clinical research studies.
Country/ies of interest: China, Mexico, Slovenia, Taiwan


Richard Auchus, MD, PhD
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s:  Collaborating with experts at other institutions to study rare diseases, particularly adrenal diseases and disorders of sex development, in both children and adults.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, China, and the United Kingdom

 

Margit Burmeister, PhD
Home unit: Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience Institute; Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics
Global health focal area/s: I have active research collaborations in (epi) genetics and big data in China (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, PUHSC, Zhejiang University) and in rare disease genetics in Turkey. I also facilitate student and faculty exchanges with and teach in China.
Country/ies of interest: China, Germany, Israel, Poland, Taiwan, Turkey


J Brian Byrd, MD, MS
Home unit: Cardiovascular Medicine
Global health focal area/s: My laboratory focuses on improving the health of patients with high blood pressure, the leading risk factor for global disease burden (World Health Organization). Over 1 billion people have elevated blood pressure. There is an urgent need for improved blood pressure control in countries throughout the world. My goal in the Global REACH program is to collaborate with partners in other countries to improve the control of blood pressure in patients, wherever they may live.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Chile, China, Australia


Kevin C Chung, MD, MS
Home unit: Surgery
Global health focal area/s: Outcome research, assessment of health care quality, clinical trials, economic analysis in healthcare, and epidemiology and statistical issues in surgery
Country/ies of interest: China, India, and other countries within Asia


Wayne Cornblath, MD
Home unit: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Promoting neuroophthalmolgy training/teaching on a global level to increase access and quality of care
Country/ies of interest: Bahrain, Brazil, China, Vietnam


Sherry H Day, OD, FAAO
Home unit: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: With support of our international ophthalmology chairs, doctors in the division of Vision Care have initiated an overseas training program for physicians interested in learning about specialty contact lens fitting (for diseased or post-op corneas) and low vision rehabilitation (for the visually impaired). 
Country/ies of interest: China, Taiwan, and other countries that would like to learn and provide these services for their people.


Raymond de Vries, PhD
Home unit: Learning Health Sciences/Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine
Global health focal area/s: The promotion of maternal and child health in low-resource countries via the training of midwives and obstetricians and the creation of sustainable systems to care with cooperation between these two types of providers. 2. The improvement of the ethical conduct of clinical trials in low resource countries -- moving beyond the import of ethical guidelines and procedures for the protection of human subjects that were created in West, and are based in Western philosophy.
Country/ies of interest: China, Ghana, and the Netherlands


Raymond Douglas, MD, PhD
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Our group is interested in collaborative clinical and research projects in the field of thyroid eye disease.
Country/ies of interest: Abu Dhabi, Brazil, China, Denmark, England, Ghana, Italy, Japan, New Delhi, and Taiwan


Home unit: Family Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Promotion of educational and research collaboration in family medicine and medical education between Japan and the United States. U-M faculty collaborate through visits to family medicine organizations in Japan, and through the UM Japanese Family Health Program at Dominos Farms, Japanese medical students, residents, and physicians learn about the practice of family medicine in the United States.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, China, Ghana, Japan, and Qatar


Martha Funnell, MS, RN, CDE, FAADE
Home unit: Learning Health Sciences
Global health focal area/s: For 25+ years our team has conducted NIH-funded randomized controlled trials demonstrating the superiority of a patient-centered/patient empowerment approach we developed compared to usual diabetes care. We have conducted studies in the US among African Americans and Latinos, primarily in Detroit.  This approach has earned a world-wide reputation as an evidence-based effective approach to diabetes care and education and has been formally adopted by the Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers in Mexico and the National Health Service in United Kingdom. 
Country/ies of interest: China, Mexico, Slovenia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Egypt


Bruno Giordani, PhD, MA
Home unit: Psychiatry
Global health focal area/s: Neurodevelopmental changes in cognition, behavior, and mobility associated with medical treatments and disease, including cerebral malaria and HIV/AIDS; Driving distraction and enhancement of driving performance across cultural settings
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, China, Costa Rica, DR Congo, Uganda


Glenn Edward Green, MD
Home unit: Otolaryngology
Global health focal area/s: My primary focus is on translational interventions in complex communications disorders affecting speech and hearing
Country/ies of interest: China, Spain, Israel, and Bangladesh


Larry D Gruppen, PhD
Home unit: Learning Health Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Promoting collaborations among medical educators around the world to develop innovative and effective interventions to address core health care education challenges; fostering research and scholarships, both through partnerships and faculty development.
Country/ies of interest: China, India


Andrew J Haig, MD
Home unit: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Global health focal area/s: Building medical rehabilitation and rehabilitation leadership around the world, and teaching global health and disparities issues to students. The work spans all continents, partnering with the leadership of rehabilitation medicine in most countries regarding rehabilitation disaster response, but special focus on programs and policy has been in Ghana, Brunei, and Austria.
Country/ies of interest: Austria, Brunei, China, Ghana


Ted Hanss, BS, MBA
Home unit: Medical School Information Technology
Global health focal area/s: My primary focus is researching and facilitating technology-enabled collaboration, using qualitative methods to identify the socio-technical factors that contribute to successful global health collaborations between differently resourced institutions.
Country/ies of interest: Ghana, China, South Africa, Ethiopia

 

 


Oliver He, PdH
Home unit: Laboratory Animal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: My primary focal areas in global health are bioinformatics, infectious diseases, vaccine design, pharmacovigilance, and big data representation and analysis.
Country/ies of interest: China


Joseph Holoshitz, MD
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s:  My laboratory has been involved in decade-long international collaborations with a number of leading groups in Europe, Canada, China and Israel. Our research focus involves development of a new generation of synthetic adjuvants that could be used to improve vaccination potency in long list of human disease, many of which are endemic in Third World, East Asia, and the former Soviet Union countries.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Canada, China, Israel and other countries in Africa, the former Soviet Union, South America, and East Asia


Amy Huang, MD, MHSA
Home unit: Medical School Administration
Global health focal area/s: Science of international collaboration and medical education
Country/ies of interest: China, India, Japan, Taiwan, other countries within Southeast Asia

 

 

Elizabeth Anne Jackson, MD, MPH
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: women's cardiovascular health across the lifespan and in particular the development of vascular risk factors and disease in relation to the menopausal transition. Health behaviors in women and the impact on family members are critical areas for research related to both primary and secondary prevention.
Country/ies of interest: China, India, Vietnam


Joseph Kolars, MD
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Assessment of teaching quality; efficacy of medical learning venues; educational outcomes; measurement of learner competency; educating trainees to improve patient care.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nepal, Peru, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zimbabwe

 


Matthias Kretzler, MD
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s:  Research networks for translational nephrology on five continents focusing on integration of comprehensive clinical data sets with large-scale genetic and genomic information.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, China, Germany, India, and EU networks


Paul Lee, MD, JD
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Glaucoma, catatract, and anterior segment disease
Country/ies of interest: China, India


Helios Leung, PhD, OD, FAAO
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Optometric education
Country/ies of interest: China


Michael J Lipson, OD, FAAO
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Stopping and/or slowing progression of myopia via alternative methods of vision correction/therapy.
Country/ies of interest: China


Anna Suk-Fong Lok, MD, FRCP
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Prevention and treatment of viral hepatitis particularly in countries where hepatitis (B and C) are prevalent; Prevention and early diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma; Education of physicians and other health providers including community leaders on how to prevent and treat viral hepatitis
Country/ies of interest: China


Dorene S. Markel, MS, MHSA
Home unit: Learning Health Sciences and The Brehm Center
Global health focal area/s: Exploring potential collaborations between UMHS and Peking University Health Sciences Center in the diabetes space. These potential collaborations are in the early phase through the Joint Institute for Translational and Clinical Research and the Brehm Center. The Brehm Center is interested in studying (and preventing) the impact that the projected diabetes epidemic could have on both the US and China.  Ms. Markel's own research interests also focus on the learning health system and health literacy effects on clinical research engagement in minority populations.
Country/ies of interest: China


Varsha Bhatt-Mehta, PharmD, MS (CRDSA), FCCP
Home unit: Pharmacy; Pediatrics & Communicable Diseases
Global health focal area/s: My primary interests focus on causes of and interventions for reducing neonatal and infant mortality especially in premature neonates in the underserved population globally; improving rates of infant immunizations; and disease prevention strategies that will improve neonatal, infant and child health in collaboration with other health care providers.
Country/ies of interest: India, China, Nepal, South Africa


Shahzad Mian, MD
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: International eye banking: developing a resource for surgeons and healthcare professionals working outside the US who are interested in obtaining transplantable corneal tissue for surgery, or who want to learn more about partnering with international eye bank development. Developing excellent working relationships with surgeons, surgery centers, hospitals and officials in countries around the world in a priority. These partnerships enable us to carry out our mission – preserving and restoring sight – on a global scale. 
Country/ies of interest: China


Sue Moenter, PhD, MS
Home unit: Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Global health focal area/s: My research is in the control of reproduction by the brain; this has implications both for treating infertility and for developing novel methods of birth control.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Thailand, Poland, China


Marcos Montagnini, MD, FACP
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: My interests include Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. I am interested in developing partnerships that will focus on medical and interprofessional education in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, development of efficient models of care, clinical research and mentorship to junior investigators. 
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Chile, China, India, Peru, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, Portugal


Patricia Mullan, PhD
Home unit: Learning Health Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Enhancing the competency assessment systems for professional health education programs in developing countries; mentoring student projects related to health education in developing countries.
Country/ies of interest: China, Ghana, India, Republic of Ireland, South Korea


David C Musch, PhD, MPH
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: I am providing advice on the establishment of a center for clinical and epidemiologic research on eye disease in Wenzhou, China (at the Wenzhou Medical University), and I am considering similar opportunities in India. In addition, I participate on the faculty of a course on clinical trial principles and methods, which most recently has been held annually in Shanghai, and in the past has included locations in Slovenia, Mexico, and the United States. 
Country/ies of interest: China and India


Christine C. Nelson, MD, FACS
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Exploring areas of collaborations in education and telemedicine in Eye Plastic and Orbital Surgery, teaching residents and local ophthalmologists surgical techniques. Clinical research in congenital eye disease including ptosis and the genetics of anophthalmia as well as research in orbital and skin cancer, improving quality of life and surgical techniques.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, China, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Kenya, Peru


Vasantha Padmanabhan, PhD, MS
Home unit: Pediatrics
Global health focal area/s: Translational research centered on understanding the developmental origin of pubertal and adult reproductive and metabolic disorders. Specifically, our studies focus on the impact of maternal exposure to native steroids (testosterone, estradiol) and environmental endocrine disrupting pollutants such as bisphenol-A and phthalates in altering developmental trajectory of fetus and programming adult diseases. Utilizing integrative approaches ranging from cell and molecular biology as well as in vitro systems to whole animal physiology and human translation we seek to understand the mechanisms by which native and environmental steroids program reproductive neuroendocrine, ovarian and metabolic defects such as that seen in hyperandrogenic disorders like Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and identify prevention and treatment strategies.
Country/ies of interest: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, India


Rodica Pop-Busui, MD, PhD
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Translational and clinical research focused in understanding the mechanisms of chronic diabetic complications, particularly of diabetic peripheral neuropathy and cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy, and to understand their role in the development of the high cardiovascular risk complicating diabetes; and novel treatment strategies for type 1 and type 2 diabetes, prevention of disease progression, the role of oral health in diabetes complications, and promoting the best of care for patients with diabetes worldwide.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, China, Korea, and Romania


Venkatakrishna Rajajee, MBBS
Home unit: Neurosurgery & Neurology
Global health focal area/s: My primary interest is the care of patients with Traumatic Brain Injury in the developing world, where there are are very specific challenges and issues. I am also interested in the care of all forms of acute brain injury (stroke, seizures, hemorrhage) particularly in the developing world.
Country/ies of interest: India, Ghana, China


Jiaqi Shi, MD, PhD
Home unit: Pathology
Global health focal area/s: I am primarily interested in pancreatic cancer research, which is one of the most lethal types of human cancer.
Country/ies of interest: China


H Kaz Soong, MD, MS
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: International ophthalmology
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Haiti, India, Japan, Taiwan


Jonathan D Trobe, MD
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Problem-based learning courses in neuro-ophthalmology
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, China, India, Taiwan


Mark A. Veich
Home unit:  UMHS Office of Development
Global health focal area/s: Securing external funding to support our education and research programs overseas
Country/ies of interest: China, India, Singapore, South Korea

 

 

 


Xueding Wang, PhD
Home unit: Biomedical Engineering/ Radiology
Global health focal area/s: My primary focus is medical imaging, ultrasound and optics.  I am also interested in novel ultrasound and laser-based treatment technologies.
Country/ies of interest: China


Zhong Wang, PhD
Home unit: Cardiac Surgery
Global health focal area/s: Collaborating globally to develop stem cell based heart therapies to effectively prolong and improve the life of heart patients.  We are applying cutting-edge technologies, including stem cell biology, tissue engineering, and genetically-modified large animal models to help achieve this goal.
Country/ies of interest: China, Israel, Egypt

 

Brent Ward, MD, DDS
Home unit: Surgery
Global health focal area/s: My primary focus is in the building of collaborative research in the areas of Head and Neck Cancer with a specific focus on the oral cavity and microvascular reconstruction. I bring to the table a wide array of expertise from bench top discovery in drug delivery to database development and clinical trial design.
Country/ies of interest: India, China, Argentina