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Megan Murray, MD, MPH, ScD

Megan Murray is an epidemiologist and an infectious disease physician, with over 25 years of experience in management of TB programs and TB epidemiology and is the director of the Research Core. Dr. Murray is a Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director of Research at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Global Health Equity and its sister organization, Partners In Health. She is also an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health where she leads a research team which conducts multidisciplinary research on MDR and XDR TB involving conventional and molecular epidemiology, cost-effectiveness and mathematical modeling, outcomes and operations research, and genomic epidemiology. She has conducted field studies in South Africa, Russia, Peru, the US, and Rwanda and has previously worked in Kenya, Niger and Pakistan. Dr. Murray serves as an editor for PLoS Medicine and for the European Journal of Epidemiology. She is a member of WHO’s TB-STAG, the Stop TB MDR Working Group, and WHO Global XDR-TB Task Force. She has also served on numerous other committees including the Harvard University Human Subjects Committee, the University’s Pandemic Flu Advisory Committee, the Institute of Medicine committee on Gulf War and Infectious Diseases and NIH study sections. You can email Megan at mmurray@hsph.harvard.edu.  

 

 

 

Molly F. Franke, ScD

Molly Franke is an Instructor at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her research is focused on the identification of individual and programmatic risk factors for adverse outcomes among individuals with HIV and/or tuberculosis and the application of novel epidemiologic methods to study these outcomes. She has also worked on projects related to cholera, food insecurity, and psychosocial morbidities common in settings of poverty. Through her work as a member of the Research Core, Dr. Franke serves as the lead epidemiologist and analyst for research projects in Haiti, Papua New Guinea, Peru and Rwanda. She co-developed a course entitled Introduction to Epidemiology and Operational Research and has co-taught the course to local clinicians and researchers in Rwanda and Peru. You can email Molly at molly_franke@hms.harvard.edu.

Type of assistance provided:

  • Study design for observational studies and operational research projects
  • Causal inference methods, including issues related to time-varying variables
  • General data analysis, including longitudinal analysis
  • Substantive areas of expertise including tuberculosis, drug resistant tuberculosis, pediatric tuberculosis, food insecurity and nutrition, HIV treatment outcomes (including PMTCT), and cholera

 

 

 

Ann C. Miller, PhD, MPH

Ann Miller is a Research Associate at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on evaluating the translation of health programs to resource-poor settings. Recent work includes clinical and programmatic outcomes of a community-based antiretroviral therapy program for HIV positive patients in rural Rwanda, assessment of MDR-TB treatment outcomes for alcohol users vs. non-users and associations with hepatitis in Tomsk Russia, evaluation of a screening tool for severity of childhood illness in resource-poor settings, evaluation of a tuberculosis active case finding project in an urban slum in Brazil, a heart failure screening and treatment program in rural Rwanda, and the design of a longitudinal study into the assessment of health systems strengthening in Rwanda on child development and economic outcomes.  As part of the Research Core, Dr. Miller is the lead epidemiologist and analyst for research projects in Rwanda, Tomsk, Russian Federation and Peru and is also the research advisor/liaison for the Hiatt Global Health Equity Residency program. She co-developed a course entitled Introduction to Epidemiology and Operational Research and has co-taught the course to local clinicians and researchers in Rwanda. Dr. Miller was also the tutorial leader for Clinical Epi and Population Health (AC 511) at the School of Medicine. You can email Ann at ann_miller@hms.harvard.edu.

Types of assistance provided:

  • Study design, sample size assistance and analysis planning for intervention studies (particularly group randomized trials and community-level interventions)
  • Operational research projects
  • Observational studies
  • General data analysis, including survival analysis

 

 

 

Bethany L. Hedt-Gauthier, PhD

Bethany Hedt-Gauthier earned her PhD in Biostatistics from Harvard School of Public Health and is currently an Instructor in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  Her research interests include developing methods to support program monitoring and evaluation or disease surveillance that are informative without unnecessarily draining resources.  In addition to methodology development, Dr. Hedt-Gauthier collaborates on operations research projects related to clinical outcomes of patients.  Her current work spans a variety of topics, including HIV, TB, malaria, electronic health systems, data quality assessments, and community health workers in Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda and Lesotho. Dr. Hedt-Gauthier teaches a course on Quantitative Methods for Monitoring and Evaluation at HSPH and leads several 1-4 day courses on the topic every year. You can email Bethany at bethany_hedt@hms.harvard.edu.

Type of assistance provided:

  • Study design for operation research projects and cluster randomized trials
  • Assistance developing monitoring and evaluation systems or disease surveillance systems
  • Assessment or identification of data sources
  • Statistical support of grant writing, data analysis and paper preparation

 

 

 

Dana Thomson, MSc

Dana Thomson is a Research Associate specializing in spatial and demographic methods at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She previously worked as a GIS Specialist at the World Bank and MeasureDHS project, and completed her master’s in global public health at Harvard School of Public Health. Dana has contributed to diverse research projects include designing a spatial sampling approach for a representative household survey on Idjwi Island, D.R. Congo; using the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) in a geographic information system (GIS) to evaluate health system strengthening programs in Rwanda, Mali, and elsewhere; and utilizing longitudinal methods to understand the impact of a comprehensive HIV intervention on patients' mental health. You can email Dana at dana_thomson@hms.harvard.edu.

Type of assistance provided:

  • Spatial analysis
  • Demographic analysis
  • Population sampling design in developing world settings

 

 

 

Zibiao Zhang, MS

Zibiao Zhang is a program analyst at the Division of Global Health Equity at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital with experience in a variety of programming languages. He has conducted applied analytic activities in both the physical and biological science fields. Operating as the Data Analyst for the Epidemiology and Transmission Dynamics of MDR/XDR Tuberculosis study, Zibiao is responsible for the maintenance of the database, quality assurance/quality control, data analysis, reports and support for research efforts of the program components. As a member of the Research Core, Mr. Zhang also provides data management, quality assurance/quality control, data analysis and reports for Dr. Sonya Shin’s CASA study. You can email Zibiao at zzhang7@partners.org.

Type of assistance provided:

  • Data management
  • Data analysis
  • QA/QC

 

 

 

Sidney Atwood, BA

Sidney Atwood is programmer/analyst for the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is expert in the statistical languages of SAS and STATA. His expertise includes database design, data extraction, manipulation and publishable graphics. His recent work includes HIV treatment costs in Haiti, MDR/XDR clinical research in Russia, Rwanda and Peru, asthma among school children in Chile, and child soldier social research in Sierra Leone. He has taught classes in SAS and STATA for the research core as well as at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has experience with large public data such as NHANES and DHS among others. Other packages include: MPLUS, R, SPSS, TreeAge and the programming languages C, C++, VBA and FORTRAN. You can email Sidney at satwood@partners.org.

Type of assistance provided:

  • Design of databases and data tools
  • Production of analysis datasets from source data
  • Production of table ready analytic data
  • Production of publishable graphics as well as analytic graphs
  • Assistance in interpretation of data
  • Teach class or one-on-one SAS / STATA
  • Design programming for analysis
  • “On-call” debugging and syntax help

 

 

 

Assiatou B. Diallo, MPH

Assiatou Diallo is a Research Assistant on the Research Core in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  She obtained her MPH in Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology and has previously done qualitative research on Female Genital Cutting among Guineans living in New York.  Assiatou is interested in studies which combine qualitative and quantitative research methods, and research study management.  She currently helps to manage the Research Cores IRB applications across institutions. You can email Assiatou at assiatou_diallo@hms.harvard.edu.

Type of assistance provided:

  • Literature reviews
  • Data cleaning
  • Qualitative research methods
  • IRB submission