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Dr. Gina Agarwal to co-chair international research group

Since early in her career, Dr. Gina Agarwal, professor with the Department of Family Medicine, has been involved in diabetes research. She is passionate about the need for good quality research in diabetes detection, prevention, and management. Her program of research focuses on improving health systems for vulnerable populations and she collaborates with researchers across the globe.

Agarwal will continue to share her expertise internationally as she was recently elected as the co-chair of the Diabetes Research Programme at the Global Alliance of Chronic Diseases (GACD). Agarwal will be fulfilling a two-year term, representing researchers from high-income countries (HIC). The other co-chair, Francisco Gonzalez Salazar of Mexico, is representing low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

“As co-chair, I hope to facilitate partnerships between researchers in LMICs and HICs and to ensure that researchers in LMICs are supported and empowered to lead research that they think is vital in their country,” said Agarwal.

The GACD is a partnership of the world’s largest health research funding agencies that supports research across five areas of chronic, non-communicable diseases: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, lung disease, cancer and mental health. The alliance coordinates and supports research activities that address the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases on a global scale.

The Community Health Assessment Program in the Philippines (CHAP-P) is one of 17 projects (involving 23 countries) supported by GACD under its diabetes programme. Agarwal is a co-principal investigator for CHAP-P, which is delivered in partnership with Dr. Fortunato Cristobal at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine in the Philippines. In CHAP-P, volunteers conduct health assessments in the community and connect participants at risk for chronic disease with education sessions, community resources or referrals to local health offices.

Agarwal’s term as co-chair is effective immediately and she will be responsible for representing the programme and contributing to meetings including the Annual Scientific Meeting, which is taking place in Bangkok from November 11-15, 2019.

McMaster University Department of Family MedicineMichael G. DeGroote School of Medicine