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Professor Ann KURTH

Yale School of Nursing, USA

Ann Kurth, PhD, CNM, MPH, FAAN is Dean and Linda Koch Lorimer Professor, Yale University School of Nursing, and Professor of Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health. Dr. Kurth is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Medicine and a member of the 2014-2018 US Preventive Services Task Force, which sets screening and primary care prevention guidelines for the United States. Dr. Kurth is 2018-2020 chair of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

An epidemiologist and clinically-trained nurse-midwife, Dr. Kurth’s research focuses on HIV/reproductive health and global health system strengthening. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIAID, NIDA, NIMH, NICHD), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNAIDS, CDC, HRSA, and others, for studies conducted in the United States and internationally. Dr. Kurth has consulted for the NIH, Gates Foundation, WHO, USAID, and CDC, among others.

Dr. Kurth has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and scholarly monographs and presented at hundreds of scientific conferences and invited talks. Dr. Kurth has received awards for her science and leadership including the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research Ada Sue Hinshaw Research Award and the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame award from Sigma Theta Tau International.


Associate Professor Marie GERDTZ

University of Melbourne, Australia

Marie Gerdtz is the Associate Professor and Head, Department of Nursing, Melbourne School of Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne.

A/Prof Marie Gerdtz’s approach to scholarship emanates from 15 years of clinical practice as a Registered Nurse working in the specialty of emergency nursing. Prior to the completion of her PhD at The University of Melbourne in 2003, she held senior clinical leadership roles in a number of tertiary hospitals. Over the past 13 years in the Department of Nursing she has led the development and implementation of programs in both specialty and advanced nursing practice. A/Prof Gerdtz holds an honorary appointment as Associate Professor (Nursing) at Melbourne Health, where she has developed a program of research focusing on emergency access, resource allocation, and clinical risk management. Within her research program she has supervised eight RHD candidates to completion, many of the have progressed to senior roles in health care settings. Clinical implementation of her research findings is enhanced by the strong collaborative partnerships she has established within the health care industry and with government. To date, A/Prof Gerdtz has completed over 80 peer reviewed publications in scholarly journals, government reports and book chapters and has obtained research funding from a range of industry sources and nationally competitive schemes. In late 2016 she was appointed to position of Head, Department of Nursing.