9th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference

Speakers & Bios

Dr. Hans Hisenhong Lin

Dr. Hans Hsienhong Lin graduated from Medical School of National Taiwan University in 1979. He received medical resident training at National Taiwan University Hospital, Hepatogastroenterological fellowship training at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, and served as attending physician there till 1990. He then worked at Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Center, as Director of Hepatogastroenterology. When the Taipei Tzu Chi General Hospital started in 2005, he transferred to the new hospital to serve as attending physician till now. He is also a Medical Professor of Tzu Chi University. Hualien lies east to the central mountains of Taiwan, and is relatively isolated. Around one fourth of the population in Hualien are indigenous people, including Amitz, Taroko, and Bunon. During his 15-year stay in Hualien, he studied the epidemiology of viral hepatitis infection in Han and Indigenous people, and spent quite a lot effort in the study of the responses to hepatitis B vaccination.

Alexandra King, MD, FRCPC

Alexandra is a member of the Nipissing First Nation. She specializes in Internal Medicine. She has started her PhD, focusing on intervention research at the nexus of health determinants, mental health and addictions, blood-born and sexually transmitted infections, and incarceration in Indigenous people in Canada. 

Brian McMahon

Brian McMahon is the Clinical and Research Director of the Liver Disease and Hepatitis Program at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium that cares for the Indigenous Populations of Alaska Indians, Eskimos and Aleuts in Alaska. He is also the co-chair of the WHO clinical guidelines committee for Hepatitis B

Henrik Krarup MD, PhD

Henrik Krarup MD, PhD is head of Section of Molecular Diagnostics at Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark. Henrik Krarup is a medical gastroenterologist and has been working in the field of viral hepatitis for more than 25 years. He has, besides his lab work, maintained his clinical commitment taking care of patients with viral hepatitis. Henrik Krarup holds more than 120 peer reviewed publications mostly on viral hepatitis. He is currently consultant on viral hepatitis for the Greenlandic health system.

Associate Professor James Ward

Associate Professor  James Ward has over 20 years experience working within Aboriginal health and communities in Australia. He is a descendent of the Pitjantjatjara and Nurrunga clans of central and south Australia and is Deputy Program Head of Aboriginal Health of Baker IDI and based in Alice Springs. His research expertise is in the areas of sexually transmissible infections and blood borne viruses within Aboriginal Health spanning areas of epidemiological, social and health systems research.  

Professor Stephen Locarnini

Professor Stephen Locarnini is from the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL) where he is also Director of WHO Regional Reference Laboratory for Hepatitis B. His research interests include viral hepatitis, hepatitis vaccines, and antiviral chemotherapy with an emphasis on the basic virology of the various agents of hepatitis. Professor Locarnini has recently co-founded the NGO, Coalition to Eradicate Viral Hepatitis in Asia-Pacific (CEVHAP).

Jessica Leston, MPH

Jessica Leston, MPH, has worked for tribal health services for 10 years. Currently, she is employed by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) as the HIV/STD/Hepatitis Clinical Programs Manager. Project Red Talon supports tribes in the development and implementation of community-based Prevention Programs. Jessica contributes to mixed methods community-based participatory research activities at the regional and national level, and works on various projects around Quality Improvement and Best Practices on key HIV/STD/Hepatitis indicators as well as electronic health record deployment, data gamification and patient and provider engagement. She graduated from the University of Alaska with an MPH in Community Health.

Wornei Silva Miranda Braga

Graduated in Medicine at the Federal University of Amazonas (1982). Specialization in Epidemiology at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Rio de Janeiro (1986), Postgraduate in Health Services in Rural Areas in Israel (1988), Master degree in Epidemiology at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - University of London (1992) and Ph.D. in Tropical Medicine at the University of Brasilia (2003). Currently is working as a medical researcher at the Tropical Medicine Foundation Dr Heitor Vieira Dourado in Manaus. Has experience in the area of Tropical Medicine, Epidemiology and Hepatology, focused mainly, in the subjects: viral hepatitis and coinfections with native populations of Brazilian Amazon.

Karsten Fleischer Rex

I am 34 years old. Born in Maniitsoq, Greenland and of Inuit and Danish descent. Lived my life in Greenland until starting my education to become a doctor.M.D. from Aarhus, Denmark, February 2009.

I have been working with Greenlandic Inuit health research since 2006. Started as a PhD student in 2013 on Hepatitis B and monitoring Hepatitis B in Greenland.

In my daily work at Queen Ingrid’s Hospital in Nuuk, Greenland, the capital, I treat patients with hepatitis and other internal medical- and surgical problems as well as being on medical transports by airplane or helicopter in Greenland or to Denmark.

I have a Greenlandic wife and we are both planning to become general practitioners in Greenland.

When I have spare time I like hunting, fishing, playing football with our 3 year old son and make music. Former Greenlandic National Football Team Player and I have made a music production.

Marcelo Naveira

Brazilian physician with medical residency in Infectious Diseases. Former intern at HIV/STI unit in WHO Western Pacific Region Office. Medical Officer Brazilian Army. Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Current Project Manager at Fiotec and National Coordinator of Viral Hepatitis for the Ministry of Health Brazil.

Pilar Collantes

Pilar Collantes, Social Entrepreneur, Specialist in Political Impact and Citizen Advocacy. She is Vice-President of the Citizen's Association for the Struggle Against Hepatitis. In 2009 she met Kandozi tribal leader David Sundi, who was in his death bed. He touched Pilar's heart and transformed her cosmo-vision of life.