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June 24: Iranian scholar to speak

'Health Disaster Risk Management in Iran' topic of lecture at Graham Hall


8:37 a.m., June 23, 2014--The University of Delaware’s Disaster Research Center will host a lecture by Dr. Ali Ardalan on “Health Disaster Risk Management in Iran” at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 24, in 187 Graham Hall.

Ardalan is a visiting scientist in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard University’s School of Public Health and a fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, where he is assisting in establishing two programs related to public health and disasters -- “Middle East and North Africa Crisis Management” and “Public Health Leadership for Disaster Risk Reduction.” 

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Ardalan is associate professor of epidemiology at Iran’s National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and at the School of Public Health in the Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS). 

He serves the World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Region as a temporary adviser and is a pioneer in disaster risk management in Iran’s public health system. He helped create the Division of Public Health Research in Disasters as well as the master of public health and doctoral training programs in disaster health studies in Iran, one of the first such programs in the Middle East. 

Ardalan is the founder of the Department of Disaster and Emergencies Health at the NIHR and the Department of Disaster Public Health at TUMS. He is also the chair of both of these departments and directs their doctoral and master of public health programs in disaster and emergency public health. 

He is author or co-author of 69 peer-reviewed articles (both in English and Persian). 

Ardalan is the winner of the 2009 Mary Fran Myers Scholarship granted by the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is also the recipient of the National Health Friend Award for a community-based research initiative on early warning of flash floods. 

In the recent past he has been a guest researcher at the Karolinska Institute (Sweden) and remains an active contributor to the disaster super course created by the WHO Center at the University of Pittsburgh. He collaborates with partners all over the world promoting effective training, programs and research on the effects of disasters on human health. 

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