Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul will host Dr. Yanis Ben Amor, Executive Director, and Dr. Ozge Karadag Caman, Senior Staff Associate at the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) at Columbia University. This event is co-sponsored by the Istanbul University School of Medicine, Department of Public Health. Dr. Ben Amor will talk about technologies for global health, and how progress in technology and mobile health can be used in global health emergencies, such as tuberculosis and Ebola. Dr. Karadag Caman will speak on the role of technology in public health promotion and sustainable development. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Selma Karabey, Professor of Public Health at Istanbul University, Faculty of Medicine. Please note that the panel will be in English with no translation into Turkish; however questions may be asked in Turkish during the Q&A session.
Yanis Ben Amor is the Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, a leading center on research around the Sustainable Development Goals based at Columbia University. Dr. Ben Amor is also the Director of the Tropical Laboratory Initiative, a program launched by Columbia to promote access to diagnostic services to patients in remote rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Ben Amor has a PhD in Molecular Biology, and a Masters in the same discipline from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Rennes (Rennes, France).
Ozge Karadag Caman earned her medical degree at Istanbul University, and her MSc and PhD Degrees in Public Health at Hacettepe University in Turkey. She also holds a postgrad degree in health promotion from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Karadag Caman holds an associate professor of public health title in Turkey, with 15 years of academic experience in different higher education institutions in Turkey and abroad. She also has worked as a consultant for UNFPA, UNICEF, UNDP, UNHCR, IOM, WHO, and EU.
(Moderator) Selma Karabey, MD, is Professor of Public Health at Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine since 1986. She also consults for various councils within the Ministry of Health as well as is a member of the Public Health Experts Organization, Specialization Accreditation Council and National Medical Training Accreditation Agency. Her fields of interest include health improvement, community mental health and health policies. She is also a board member at BirİZ, a non-governmental organization that conducts preventative mental health research for the disadvantaged.