Wednesday, January 8, 2014: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Royal Pavilion Ballroom I-III (The Regent Hotel)
The health-policy round will showcase, discuss and debate responses to dementia in the Asia-Pacific region. The discussions will incorporate key stakeholders from the region and also other experts around the world who have worked to meet such challenges elsewhere. The Health Policy Round will be a highlight of the SMDM Asia meeting.
David B. Matchar, MD
Jeremy D. Goldhaber-Fiebert, PhD
Martin Prince is the Professor of Epidemiological Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. He is the Co-Director (with Vikram Patel) of the new KHP/ LSHTM Centre for Global Mental Health
. He trained in Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
His main focus is upon mental health priorities in developing countries. In the IoP’s Section of Epidemiology, PhD students from Ethiopia, Pakistan, India, China, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Brazil have studied diverse topics; women’s mental health, maternal depression and infant development, migration, suicide, problem drinking; all of them public health and social priorities for the region concerned. He has coordinated, since 1998 The 10/66 Dementia Research Group
, a network of over 100 researchers, mainly from the developing world, who have worked together to promote more good research into dementia in those regions. 10/66 is part of Alzheimer’s Disease International, and a major aim of the group is to disseminate evidence in such a way as to increase awareness of the major problems to be faced now and in the future. Aside from his work in developing countries, Martin coordinates the study of mental and cognitive health in the 10 nation Study of Health and Retirement in Europe, and the UK National Psychiatric Morbidity Survey. He was a co-editor, with Vikram Patel and Shekhar Saxena, of the Lancet Series on Global Mental Health
Dr. Jacob Roy Kuriakose, an Indian national, graduated from Mysore University in 1976 with a diploma in Child Health from National University of Ireland in 1983 and a Fellow of Royal Academy of Medicine, Ireland. He has been a Senior Consultant at the Malankara Medical Mission Hospital, Kunnamkulam, Kerala since 1985. He also worked as a medical officer in the Maldives and Nigeria. In 1986, he founded the Tropical Health Foundation of India, a voluntary organization working in the realm of rehabilitation of the disabled. He is also the founder of Alzheimer’s & Related Disorders Society of India, a national voluntary organization dedicated to dementia care, support and research; established in 1992. He joined Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), the world federation of 79 national Alzheimer’s associations, in 1993 and served ADI as member of the executive, elected board and vice chairman. In 2012 he was elected as chairman for 3 years, the first Asian to get this honor. He is a global dementia advocate, pioneer in developing services for people with dementia and an invited speaker to a number of national and international dementia conferences.
Asst Prof Raymond Chua began his medical career after graduating from the Faculty of Medicine in National University of Singapore in 1997. He underwent numerous medical and surgical postings in the public sector hospitals till October 2000. Asst Prof Chua then took up his Public Health training with the Ministry of Health, Singapore, before he became certified as a Registered Public Health specialist and Fellow with the Academy of Medicine, Singapore in 2007. He was awarded a scholarship by the Ministry of Health to take up a Masters of Science in Public Health with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, in 2002. Asst Prof Chua also holds a MBA degree from the University of Nottingham and a Graduate Diploma in Change Management, Institute of Public Administration and Management, Singapore in 2007.
In 2007, he left the public service to join Eisai Co Ltd in June 2007 as the Managing Director of Eisai Clinical Research Singapore, to oversee, execute and manage the development and operations of the global and regional clinical research activities within Asia-Pacific and Middle East. In 2010, he joined Shire Pharmaceuticals as their International Medical Director to oversee the growth and development of Shire’s products in Asia-Pacific. In July 2011, Asst Prof Chua joined Health Sciences Authority (HSA) and was designated as the Group Director of the Health Products Regulation Group (HPRG) since May 2012. He oversees and provides the strategic directions to the HPRG as a national professional pre- and postmarket regulatory body of all health related products including drugs, medical devices, complementary health products and tobacco, taking into account the wider context of regional and international regulatory advances in alignment with the Vision and Mission of HSA.
Asst Prof Chua holds other appointments as Council Member of the Singapore Medical Council and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health in National University of Singapore. In addition, he is an appointed member of the International Committee, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Physicians, London, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Public Health (London). He is also a Deputy Registrar of the Registrar of Marriages since 2004.