Research and Development Advisory Committee (RADAC)
The Research and Development Advisory Committee (RADAC) is an independent body which meets approximately every two years to provide an assessment of the scope, content and quality of research and development activities at the Institute within the context of the Institute’s mission and strategic plan. RADAC provides advice on future research directions to the Institute board and management. The RADAC membership consists of international health research and development practitioners.
Professor Jennings is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. He is immediate past President of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institute, former President of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia and Head of a WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Cardiovascular Health.
A cardiologist, he has a distinguished career in clinical practice and was previously Director of Cardiology at The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne and Chair of the Division of Medicine.
Professor Michael H. Merson
Michael H. Merson, MD, is the founding director of the Duke Global Health Institute; Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health; and Professor of Medicine, Community and Family Medicine, and Public Policy at Duke University. He joined the Duke faculty in November 2006.
Dr. Merson graduated from Amherst College (BA) and the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. After serving as a medical intern and resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, he worked in the Enteric Diseases Branch at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, GA, and then served as the Chief Epidemiologist at the Cholera Research Laboratory in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
His research focused on the etiology and epidemiology of acute diarrheal diseases, including cholera, in developing countries and on the cause of travelers' diarrhea in persons visiting these countries. From 1999-2006, he also served as Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University, which undertakes research on HIV prevention in vulnerable and underserved populations in this country and abroad. He also led a number of training programs that strengthened the capacity of scientists in Russia, China, India and South Africa to undertake HIV/AIDS prevention research.
Professor Tan Chorh Chuan
Professor Tan Chorh Chuan was appointed President of the National University of Singapore in December 2008. He concurrently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the National University Health System.
Professor Tan's additional appointments include Deputy Chairman of Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR); Senior Advisor to the Governing Board of Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School; and Member, Board of Directors of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. A renal physician, he obtained his medical training at NUS, and research training at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford.
He was Dean of the NUS Faculty of Medicine from 1997 to 2000. He served as the Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health, from 2000 to 2004, in which capacity he was responsible for leading the public health response to the 2003 SARS epidemic. He held the positions of NUS Provost, then Senior Deputy President from 2004 to 2008. He also played a key role in setting up the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, in his capacity as Deputy Chairman of the Governing Board from 2004 to 2007.
As the inaugural Chief Executive of the National University Health System in 2008, he brought the NUS Medical and Dental Schools and the National University Hospital under single governance. He was recently appointed to RADAC.
Professor Vikram Patel
Professor Patel is a Professor of International Mental Health and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (UK).
He is the Joint Director of the School's Centre for Global Mental Health. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences of the UK. His book Where There Is No Psychiatrist has become a widely used manual for community mental health in developing countries. He was the lead editor of theLancet Series on Global Mental Health (2007) and the PLoS Medicine series on packages of care for mental and neurological disorders in developing countries (2009) and a co-editor of theLancet series on promoting universal health care in India (2011).
He led the efforts to set up the Movement for Global Mental Health. He is based in Goa, India where he leads a program of public health research and capacity development with Sangath, the Public Health Foundation of India and other partners focusing on three broad areas: child development, adolescent health and mental health.
Professor Deborah Cook
Professor Cook graduated from McMaster Medical School (1985) and Internal Medicine Residency (1988). She completed General Internal Medicine Fellowship (1989) and the MSc (Design, Measurement and Evaluation Program) at McMaster. She then did a Critical Care Fellowship at Stanford University (1991).
Dr Cook practices intensive care medicine at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. At McMaster University, she is Co-Chair of the Evidence-Based Practice Center. As Academic Chair of Critical Care Medicine at St Joseph's Healthcare and McMaster University, she has trained many residents and mentored many junior faculty on how to conduct, publish and appraise clinical research.
Dr Cook is interested in risk factors for critical illness, prevention of ICU-acquired illness and complications, life support technology, ethics, and end-of-life choices for critically ill patients. Her research interests are in the design and conduct of multicenter studies, minimizing bias in systematic reviews of the literature, incorporation of diverse kinds of evidence into practice, and end of life decision-making.
As a Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation in Critical Care, and former Chair of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group, Dr. Cook has published over 600 peer-review articles and supervised many young trainees and successful faculty. She has received numerous local, national and international awards for her practice, teaching, mentoring and research. In 2016, Dr. Cook was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for her global contributions to improving the care of critically ill patients.