In Focus: Gautham Krishnaraj

g-krishnaraj-for-humethnet-profileIn Focus: Gautham Krishnaraj

Gautham Krishnaraj is a MSc Candidate (Global Health), 2016 RBC Students Leading Change Scholar, Canadian Red Cross Youth Advisor and the newest trainee of the Humanitarian Health Care Ethics Research Group at McMaster University.

During his undergraduate studies at McGill University (BSc. Microbiology & Immunology), he held various federal student research assistantships in Analytical Chemistry, Microbiology, and Plant Genetics, as well as contributing to research in the Department of Chemical Engineering at McGill. Seeking to expand his perspective beyond the bench top, he was also passionately engaged with the Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) and the International Relations Students Association of McGill University (IRSAM Inc). Within these organizations he served as Head Delegate to the OECD in Paris, and the United Nations in New York respectively, and notably co-facilitated and addressed a Civil Society Briefing Session at the 54th Commission for Social Development.

For the past three years, Gautham has worked closely with the McGill Humanitarian Studies Initiative and Montreal-based HumanitarianU. This engagement led to him actively assisting in the production of training protocols for field staff as part of the International Medical Corps’ Multi-Agency Training Collaboration to Support the Ebola Response in West Africa in 2014. Gautham continues to provide logistical support for Field-Based Humanitarian Disaster Simulations (SimEx) with HumanitarianU.

He is also an accomplished spoken word poet, and co-founded the national non-profit organization Raise Your Voice Canada in 2012, which sought to engage youth in public discourse through debate and spoken word poetry. Gautham currently serves as a Youth Advisor to the Canadian Red Cross and continues to believe in the power, and necessity, of engaging youth in civic discourse and humanitarian action.


In Focus: Brett Sutton

Brett Sutton is Public Health Registrar at Burnet Institute in Melbourne, Australia. He currently works with the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria, the Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health (Burnet Institute), and is an Adjunct Lecturer with James Cook University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine.

Brett is passionate about Public Health, which has both inspired and led his career trajectory. He had a 10-year career in Emergency Medicine including as deputy director of a rural Tasmanian ED. This was followed by several years of field-based international public health. He worked primarily in international public health in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Timor-Leste. This included work in child and maternal health, disease surveillance, TB and refugee health. On return to Australia, he has worked in the Communicable Disease Prevention & Control Unit and Office of the Chief Health Officer at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

He moved to Burnet in 2016 for a 12-month secondment. He is currently assisting with the Victorian Hepatitis C elimination strategy. His expertise is in synthesising clinical work with international and local public health experience.

Recent publications and publications of interest:

The Tortoise and the Hare: Polio, Guinea Worm and the Race to Eradication http://currents.plos.org/outbreaks/article/the-tortoise-and-the-hare-guinea-worm-polio-and-the-race-to-eradication/  

How to respond to sexual transmission of ebolavirus from EVD survivors? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-respond-sexual-transmission-ebolavirus-from-evd-survivors-sutton?trk=prof-post

An Afghanistan experience.
Brett A Sutton
. Med J Aust. 2003 Dec; 179(11-12):591-593

Contact: brett.sutton@burnet.edu.au


In Focus: Christine Wang

Christine is completing her final year in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at McMaster University. She spent the last six summers working with healthcare teams near Inner Mongolia, enabling her to gather local perceptions of poverty, power and justice within humanitarian contexts. Exploring communities’ priorities and experiences of aid has brought her into proximity with narratives of neglect, exploitation and resiliency surrounding the country’s widening ethnic inequalities and rural-urban divide. She has witnessed the region’s evolving public health landscape over the years, allowing her to investigate the sustainability and effectiveness of humanitarian practices. Christine’s field experience has fueled her interest in development economics and global health ethics, which have led to opportunities working with the Health Impact Fund and the Centre for Ethical, Social and Cultural Risk at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute.

Christine also co-founded the first Student Chapter of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR) that is currently developing the Global Health Agora, an inter-professional community engagement platform. Through partnerships with key Hamilton informants, they are exploring moral themes of lust (sexual violence), pride (racism & discrimination), wrath (war & terrorism) and gluttony (obesity & hunger) as glo-cal health challenges. The CCGHR Student Chapter continues to benefit from the incredible mentorship of HumEthNet members, such as Lisa Schwartz and Elysée Nouvet, whose dedication to student learning has provided Christine with unique opportunities for academic and personal growth.

Additional member profiles on this page for:

  • Stephanie Nixon
  • Ross Upshur
  • Nyamiye Hermenegilde
  • Lisa Eckenwiler
  • Chiara Lepora
  • John Pringle
  • Dónal O’Mathúna