Recipients of the Fellowship Grants for Senior Researchers
Hera are the 4 researchers selected that received the Fellowship Grants for Senior Researchers for sabbaticals at centers of excellence for RTI research. These awards were made possible utilizing the grant received from the Global Road Safety Facility of the World Bank. The grant recipients were:
Dr. Clotilde Ubeda – Argentina
Dr. Ubeda is incharge of the ¨Programa de Prevención de lesiones por Causas Externas” (Injury Prevention Program for External Causes), in the Departamento de Investigación, at the Instituto Nacional de Epidemiología, and Co director of Research Group: “Promoción de la Salud” (Health Promotion) Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata. For the past 9 years she has been involved in post graduate teaching at multiple positions. Her major research interests are Epidemiology of External Causes Injuries (Traffic, Unintentional and Intentional Causes.).
Dr. Ubeda spent her sabbatical period in CDC Atlanta USA, where she was supervised by Ann Dellinger (PhD), Team Leader Motor Vehicle Injury Team. The outcomes of the sabbatical period were:
- A report of road traffic injuries in Argentina was made using data from death certificates, admitted patients, injury surveillance system in the Emergency Department, and health national survey.
- Intervention strategies were proposed based on the findings of the report, and those applied successfully in the US and other places, which could be applied at national, regional or local level, with the support of the Ministry of Health, and other institutions in the country, like Police, Education, Transportation office, etc.
- The data analysis improved using information from the injury surveillance system, addressed to local, state and national level. It is expected to move from the basic and descriptive analysis plan, to other type of analysis, which let the participants prepare periodical publications of data, and contribute in the development of informed decisions in their communities.
Dr. Rafael De Jesus Consunji – Philippines
Dr. Cansuji is the Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Chief of Division of Surgical Critical Care, and an Attending Surgeon, at Division of Trauma Department of Surgery, College of Medicine & Philippine General Hospital. Dr. Casuji is also Chairman, Study Group on Injury Prevention and Control in National Institutes of Health at University of the Philippines, Manila. His research interests are Immigrant and Migrant Health (road traffic risks and injuries in migrant worker and immigrant populations).
The projected location for his sabbatical was the School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences, at University of Auckland, New Zealand. During this proposed fellowship, Dr. Cansuji will be mentored by Dr. Shanthi Ameratunga, Associate Professor, Epidemiology, and Deputy Head, School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences at University of Auckland.
Through this fellowship grant Dr. Cansuji carried out a systematic review of published and unpublished data on RTI incidence, risks, risk factors and epidemiology of RTI’s in immigrant and migrant workers populations as well as a retrospective analysis of the RTI incidence, risk factors and comparative risk of migrant workers, students and immigrants in New Zealand. He also developed a proposal for a retrospective analysis of the RTI incidence, risk factors and comparative risk of migrant workers (OFW’s) from the Philippines.
Dr. Hamid Soori – Iran
Dr. Hamid Soori is the Professor & Head of the Department of Epidemiology as well as the Director of the Safety Promotion and Injury Prevention Research Center at the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran. His main research interests are in Prevention of Road Traffic Injuries.
The RTIRN Fellowship Grant allowed Dr. Soori to spend time at the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He was supervised by Dr. Margie Peden, a board member of RTIRN and the coordinator of the Unintentional Injury Prevention programme at the WHO.
During his sabbatical Dr. Soori worked on various projects including Childhood Injury Prevention Programs at the country level, updating the global burden of injury booklet, adapting the WHO VIP course material to the regional context as well as write a research proposal on “Increasing the Use of Seat Belts in Iran – An Evaluation Study”.
Dr. Ruben Daniel Ledesma
University of Mar Del Plata, Argentina
Dr. Ledesma is a Professor of Social Research Methods in Faculty of Health Sciences as well as Assistant Professor of Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Psychological Research, Faculty of Psychology at National University of Mar Del Plata, Argentina. He is the Director of University Research Projects and looks over the PhD Academic Staff at the university. His research interests are in Research Methods, Psychometrics, Human factor, Traffic Psychology, Road safety and Injury Prevention.
The Fellowship Grant supported Dr. Ledesma’s work on traffic psychology and driving behavior. He spent his sabbatical at INTRAS, Research Institute on Traffic and Road Safety, at the University of Valencia in Spain and was supervised by Dr. Jaime Sanmartin Arce, Director of INTRAS. He collaborated with Dr. Pedro Valero-Mora & Dr. Gabriel Molina on research related to methods and practical applications of the Measurement, Evaluation, Analysis and Data Processing of Traffic Accidents and Road Safety (METRAS Group). He also initiated a collaborative research in the field of driver inattention.
Congratulations to our grant recipients!