Monthly Noma Webinars

Monthly seminars will be held on the last Tuesday of each month from 16h00 to 17h00 Central Africa Time. 

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Our objective is to showcase a diverse range of speakers with expertise and insights on noma. If you would like to present a webinar, please get in touch

The list of confirmed speakers for the next few webinars are below. 

Ifeanyi Joshua Uzochukwu

Tuesday the 30th April 2024

Joshua Ifeanyi is a second-year postgraduate researcher at the centre for host microbiome interactions, faculty of dentistry, oral and craniofacial sciences in Kings College London. His thesis focuses on investigating the aetiology and pathogenesis of Noma disease using techniques in molecular biology, immunology, and microbiology. His previous research projects have involved collaborations with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP). He continues to raise awareness for Noma disease within research communities such as the British Society for Oral and Dental Research (BSODR) and the London Oral Biology Group. 


Dr Ryan Winters

Tuesday the 28th of May 2024

Originally from the United States, Dr Ryan Winters was recruited to Newcastle in 2022, and is now very fortunate to call Newcastle his home. He completed his undergraduate degree in Genetics and Cell Biology via the Honours College at Washington State University, and his medical degree at the University of Vermont (the seventh-oldest medical school in the USA). This was followed by Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery specialty training at Tulane University in New Orleans, the second-oldest training programme in the country, in 2013. He passed his American Board of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Certification Examination in 2014, and completed a fellowship in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Craniomaxillofacial Surgery at the State University of New York, becoming Board-Certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. He then became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and subsequently completed an additional fellowship in Head & Neck Surgical Oncology and Microvascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. Since that time, he has focused his practice in three areas: 1) facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, 2) head and neck cancer surgery and major head & neck reconstruction, and 3) paediatric head and neck surgical conditions. In the inerim, Dr Winters completed a Master’s degree in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and another in Emergency Management at Arizona State University. Dr Winters achieved Fellowship in the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2023, one year after migrating permanently to Australia. He maintains academic appointments as an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Tulane University in New Orleans, United States.

            Dr Winters is an active surgeon with Mèdecins Sans Frontiéres/Doctors Without Borders, as well as other Non-Governmental Organisations including the United Nations, LIGA International, Mercy Ships, MRDC International, Healing the Children Northeast, Razom Ukraine, and The India Project, Inc., where he serves on the board of directors. He is an internationally-known expert in, and is a sought-after speaker regarding, complex facial reconstruction, cleft lip and palate surgery, management of atypical facial clefts, and the management of facial trauma (both bony fractures and soft-tissue repairs). He has worked in this regard in Mexico, Haiti, Peru, Nigeria, Guinea, India, Bangladesh, Colombia, Ukraine, and South Sudan, always emphasizing building local surgical capacity by partnering with local, in-country, surgeons and physicians, rather than simply operating and leaving after a short time.

Dr Petra Raschkewitz

Tuesday the 26th of June 2024

Dr Petra Raschkewitz obtained her PhD in art history, and quickly decided to pursue a career she felt would be meaningful to herself and others. She entered the world of international cooperation and project management via the Department for International Media Development of the German public service broadcaster "Deutsche Welle", where she developed and managed various large-scale projects on press freedom and free speech all over Eastern Europe. Looking for new challenges, Petra got recruited by her former boss, Mr. Mathis Winkler, as a project manager for the Germany-based NGO "Hilfsaktion Noma e.V." (HAN) in 2019. She manages the organization's country programs and cooperations with the Ministries of Health in Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and - hopefully soon to come - Mozambique, as well as the scientific research projects on Noma that are implemented or co-funded by HAN.

Dr Mujtaba Bala

Tuesday the 30th of July 2024

Dr Mujtaba Bala is from Zamfara State, Nigeria. He graduated with a BDS from Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar University in India before completing his fellowship at the West African College of Surgeons. Dr. Bala works as a full time consultant in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, as a visiting senior lecturer with Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, and as a visiting consultant at Noma Children's Hospital Sokoto. Dr. Bala has more than 60 published articles, most of which are related to noma. He is currently pursuing his PhD in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto with a special interest in noma research.

More to follow

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