Ogra’s career in medicine began in the early 1960’s. His academic leadership has focused on research, teaching and patient care in childhood infections, mucosal vaccine development, and definition of biologic markers of immunity against human infections. His major scientific contributions began with the first functional characterization of secretory IgA and “alimentary” mucosal immunity in natural or vaccine induced infection with poliovirus. In subsequent investigations, he defined the role of secretory IgA and cellular mucosal immune responses to such human infections as rubella, mumps, hepatitis B virus and enteroviruses. His laboratory provided extensive immunologic characterization of human milk, its role in maternal-neonatal interactions and childhood infections, and the association of mammary glands with other components of the common mucosal immune system.
Rita Ryan grew up in New York City and received her undergraduate degree in Mathematical Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She received her medical degree from SUNY-Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, and stayed there for her Pediatrics residency. Rita then did her Neonatology Fellowship in Cincinnati where her research mentor was Dr. Jeffrey Whitsett, a premier lung molecular biologist. Rita was on the faculty at the University of Rochester for 11 years and then become Chief of the Division of Neonatology at University at Buffalo in 2000. In 2011, Dr. Ryan went to the Medical University of South Carolina to be the Chair of Pediatrics. After five years Dr. Ryan became an integral member of the MUSC Division of Neonatology including performing clinical service in the NICU, training fellows and continuing her research in the area of neonatal lung biology. Dr. Ryan has had a long-standing interest in the effects of hyperoxia for many years. Her disease of interest is bronchopulmonary dysplasia.
Alain Berthoz, neurophysiologist, is professor emeritus at the Collège de France and a member of the Academy of Sciences. He is the author of many books, including The Sense of Motion, The Decision and The Simplexity , which have been very successful.
Loai Aljerf is a Prof in the Department of Basic Sciences, Faculty of Dental Medicine/Damascus University. He is a specialist in analytical and industrial chemistry. He obtained many awards and published more than 20 peer-reviewed papers (two of them in French) in Environmental Sciences, Green Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Synthesis Chemistry, Concrete, Ceramics, Paper Industry, Petrochemical, Extraction, Separation, Lithium-Ion-Batteries, and Oral Chemistry.
Mehmet Emre Atabek has completed his Ph.D. at the age of 37 years from Erciyes University and postdoctoral studies from Selcuk University School of Meram Medicine. He is the director of Pediatric Endocrinology, a premier pediatric endocrinolgy and diabetology service organization. He has published more than 140 papers in reputed journals and has been serving as an editorial board member of repute. He has been interested in searching metabolic problems of obese children in most of his articles. His articles have been cited more than 1500 citations by another article in Web of Science so far. He continues to work as head of the Department of Pedaitric Endocrinolgy, Necmettin Erbakan University.