Digital Healthcare - Fighting COVID with Technology at Scale

Speakers' Panel
Prof. Suman Chakraborty, Prof. - Mechanical Eng'g Department & Dean of Sponsored Research & Consultancy, IIT - Kharagpur
Dr. Alain Labrique, Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Kunal Parikh, Inventor, Entrepreneur & Founder - Global Institute for Vision Equity
Webinar Chair
Dr. Raj Shah, Chairman, HealthCare Council & Board Member WHEELS Global Foundation

Webinar Moderator
Dr. Amita Gupta, Deputy Director, Professor, Covid Task Force & Head - JHU India Institute

In June, WHEELS Global Foundation launched a four-part webinar series to cover ‚ÄúLessons Learned from COVID surges‚ÄĚ. In last webinar, we heard from workers in the field about their experiences and some of the key outcomes of their work, and the need for better preparedness and public policies to combat this deadly virus. You can watch this¬†Here.

Please join us for the second webinar in this series, where we will hear from leading researchers at Johns Hopkins University and The Indian Institute of Technology on their activities surrounding ‚ÄúDigital Healthcare‚ÄĚ. We have the opportunity to hear from leading scientists and engineers about new emerging technologies and ‚Äėfrugal designs‚Äô for rapidly scaling detection, prevention, and treatment of Covid and other R&D activities. Johns Hopkins University is the premier Public Health Research institution and leads a ‚ÄėTaskforce on COVID‚Äô in the USA. The Indian Institutes of Technology have launched their own programs designed for indigenous manufacture of products at scale for Indian conditions. Please note our esteemed panelists and register for this interesting and informative webinar.

Please join us LIVE on ZOOM, Saturday, JULY 31st, 2021, from 10 AM to 11:30 AM US ET, (7:30 PM to 09 PM IST), in an open dialogue with the Panelists & Moderator. (Registration is Free).


Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to¬†[email protected].¬†The webinar will also be¬†broadcast on ¬†WHEELS Facebook Page¬†and other social media platforms.¬†Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 09:45 AM ET OR 07:15 PM IST) to watch the slide show on WGF activities and related project videos. Past webinars have stressed the importance of collaboration among NGOs to scale operations and increase the impact. For more information visit:¬†

Panelist's Overview

Prof. Suman Chakraborty is a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India, and Sir J. C. Bose National Fellow as bestowed by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. He has been Institute Chair Professor. He is currently the Dean of Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy. Formerly, he was the Head of the School of Medical Science and Technology. His current areas of research include microfluidics, nanofluidics, micro-nano scale transport, with a particular focus on biomedical applications including diagnostic technology. He has been awarded the Santi Swaroop Bhatnagar Prize in the year 2013, which is the highest Scientific Award from the Government of India. He has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow of ASME, Fellow of all the Indian National Academies of Science and Engineering, recipient of the G. D Birla Award for Scientific Research, Indo-US Research Fellowship, Scopus Young Scientist Award for high citation of his research in scientific/technical Journals, and Young Scientist/ Young Engineer Awards from various National Academies of Science and Engineering. He has also been an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, and a visiting Professor at various leading Universities abroad. He has a large volume of impactful publications in top International Journals with high citations and unique expertise in technology development for the under-served population and community health care.

Dr. Alain Labrique is an infectious disease epidemiologist, community trialist, and globally recognized leader in the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to strengthen health systems in resource-limited settings. His research focuses on leveraging mobile and digital technologies to solve public health problems - improving data collection, promoting healthy behaviors, optimizing quality/timeliness of services -- but more importantly, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in Digital Health, redefining public health of the future.

Dr. Kunal Parikh is an inventor and entrepreneur working at the intersection of MedTech, social enterprise, and finance to enable health equity globally. Kunal is currently a faculty member in the Center for Nanomedicine and Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design at Johns Hopkins University where he leads a multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists, and clinicians to innovate and commercialize biomedical solutions for significant and unmet clinical needs. Kunal also leads the Global Institute for Vision Equity, a social venture studio working to eliminate avoidable blindness through the development, translation, and distribution of technologies addressing the most critical eye care needs in under-resourced settings. He has also founded, led, and raised funding for several organizations, including Core Quantum Technologies, Social Innovation Lab, Access HEARS, and Eyedea Medical. He earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University. He has been recognized as a Leader of Tomorrow for the Mid-Atlantic bioeconomy and by Forbes as one of 30 under 30 in Healthcare.

Dr. Amita Gupta is Faculty Chair of the Johns Hopkins India Institute, Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education, and Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Gupta has 25+ years of experience in international public health, clinical research, and 18 years of working in infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and antimicrobial resistance in India. She serves as the US chair of the NIH-DBT funded TB research consortium RePORT, leads several clinical trials of new HIV/TB therapeutics, and collaborates with more than 15 Indian institutions. She and her Indian collaborators receive grant funding from the US NIH, CDC, UNITAID, Indian government, foundations, and philanthropy. She is an author of more than 200 peer-reviewed research publications and has mentored more than 35 junior scientists in India and the US. She serves on Anthony Fauci’s NIAID Advisory Council and the Indo-US Science and Technology Foundation’s Governing Board.

Dr. Raj Shah is a member of the Board of WHEELS Global Foundation and a Program Director of its Track on Health, are a practicing cardiologist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur based in Philadelphia. He is educated at the University of Pennsylvania and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Temple and Drexel University faculties. He is a pioneer in the field of telemedicine and the creator of the SmartCareDoc telemedicine system which was deployed at ‚ÄúThe Clinic at Wal-Mart‚ÄĚ in 2012-14: The first telemedicine clinic in the retail store in America. He established a TeleRetinopathy screening program at the Temple University Health System in 2016 and a teaching Teleclinic at the School of Nursing at Rutgers University. He is also a Research Fellow at the Blanche and Irwin Lerner Center at Rutgers University for the study of Pharmaceutical Management and Healthcare and lectures about Telemedicine. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Kean University College of Business and Public Management and Global Business School, a Trustee of S.M. Shah Law College, and Sarvajanik School in Mehsana, India.

WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology-Enabled Philanthropy. WHEELS has also been selected by NITI Aayog, Govt. of India as a member of the Committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer. WHEELS has also signed an MOU with the Ministry for Panchayati Raj for a technology partnership in Rural Development.


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