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Kimberly Jacob Arriola

Kimberly Jacob Arriola, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
Investigator, Emory Center for AIDs Research and Emory Vaccine Center

Dr. Arriola's work focuses on improving the health of marginalized populations and communities of color. For the past nine years, she has served as principal investigator of an NIH-funded project that seeks to develop and test a culturally-sensitive organ and tissue donation intervention for African American adults. Additionally, she has served as co-investigator for two national multisite studies that seek to evaluate new services for HIV-infected jail and prison inmates transitioning from the facility to the community. Dr. Arriola also teaches research methods to masters students and health promotion interventions to doctoral students in the BSHE department.

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Saad Omer, MBBS, MPH, PhD

Saad Omer, MBBS, MPH, PhD

Associate Professor, Global Health and Epidemiology
Investigator, Emory Center for AIDS Research and Emory Vaccine Center

Dr. Saad Omer was the first to document the effect of influenza immunization during pregnancy in preventing pre-term and small gestational age births and was one of the first investigators to demonstrate that vaccinating pregnant women against influenza protects their infants against this disease. These findings formed the evidence base for national recommendations in multiple countries and for the World Health Organization’s recent recommendation for global introduction of influenza vaccination particularly for pregnant women. He was also the first to demonstrate that spatial clustering of vaccine refusers is associated with outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases..

Dr. Omer’s research portfolio also includes clinical trials to estimate efficacy and/or immunogenicity (the ability of an antigen or epitope to provoke an immune response in the body) of influenza, polio, measles, and pneumococcal vaccines and clinical trials to evaluate drug regimens to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Africa.

Dr. Omer was awarded the 2009 Maurice R. Hilleman Early-Stage Career Investigator Award, recognizing promising scientists in vaccinology by the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases. This award honored his work on the effect of maternal influenza immunization on respiratory illness in infants younger than six months, for whom there is no vaccine.

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