Organizing Committee Members

Wegdan Bani Issa

University Of Sharjah, UAE

Dr. Wegdan Bani Issa is currently working as an Assistant Professor at University Of Sharjah, College Of Health Sciences, Nursing Department, UAE. She finished her masters in nursing science from University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada and her PhD from the University Of Kansas Medical Center, USA. She is specialized in diabetes care and management and nursing education. Dr. Bani issa has several publications in her specialty in the area of diabetes care and women health.

Sam Vaknin

Southern Federal University, Russia

Sam Vaknin is Visiting Professor of Psychology, Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russia and Professor of Finance and Psychology in CIAPS (Centre for International Advanced and Professional Studies). Sam Vaknin is the author of Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited and other books about personality disorders. His work is cited in hundreds of books and dozens of academic papers. He spent the past 6 years developing Cold Therapy: A treatment modality for Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). Over the years, with dozens of volunteers, he found that it was effective with clients suffering from a major depressive episode as well.

Sergey Suchkov

Sechenov University, Russia

Sergey Suchkov graduated from Astrakhan State Medical University and awarded with MD, In 1985 he completed his Ph.D. at I M Sechenov Moscow Medical Acade-my and in 2001, maintained his Doctorship Degree at the Nat Inst of Immunology, Russia. From 1987 through 1989, he was a senior Researcher, Koltzov Inst of Devel-opmental Biology. From 1989 through 1995, he was a Head of the Lab of Clinical Immunology, Helmholtz Eye Research Institute in Moscow. From 1995 through 2004, he was a Chair of the Dept. for Clinical Immunology, Moscow Clinical Research In-stitute. He has been trained at: NIH; Wills Eye Hospital, PA, USA; Univ. of Florida in Gainesville; UCSF, S-F, CA, USA; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA. He was an Exe Secretary-in-Chief of the Editorial Board, Biomedical Science, an international journal published jointly by the USSR Academy of Sci-ences and the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK. At present, he is a Chair, Dept. for Personalized and Translational Medicine, I M Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University. He is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, USA; American Chemical Society (ACS), USA; American Heart Association (AHA), USA; EPMA (European Associa-tion for Predictive, Preventive and Personalized Medicine), Brussels, EU; ARVO (American Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology); ISER (Interna-tional Society for Eye Re-search); PMC (Personalized Medicine Coalition), Washing-ton, USA.

Zekiye Karaçam

Adnan Menderes University, Turkey

Zekiye Karaçam is professor at Adnan Menderes University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Division of Midwifery. She completed her master and PhD at Hacettepe University Health Science Institute on obstetrics and gynaecology nursing. She worked at Hacettepe University as lecturer and nurse up to 2004. She has worked at Adnan Menderes University since 2004. She has published 23 international papers and 54 national papers in reputed journals and has been serving as reviewers for some international and national journals. She is serving as a member in Association of Turkish Nurses, Association of Obstetric and Gynaecology Nurses, Association of Turkish Midwives and Education Research Development Association in Midwifery.

Michael Kaltenbach

Rutgers University, USA

Michael Kaltenbach is a Part-time Lecturer at Rutgers University School of Social Work, teaching a course in Human Behavior in the Social Environment. He has been working in the field of psychology and social work for the past twenty-five years, and eighteen of those years have been since he received his master’s degree in social work. His doctoral dissertation research interest focused on how sexual behaviors have changed due to the usage of PrEP, as a HIV preventive method. His research data as interpreted through the theoretical/conceptual perspectives of cognitive-behavioral theory and relational-cultural therapy. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California, New York and Pennsylvania, and has many years of experience providing psychotherapy, case management, and other social services in a variety of settings: hospitals, HIV outpatient clinics, schools, foster care agencies, senior residential facilities, group homes, outpatient community counseling centers, etc. He has experience providing Clinical Supervision as well as Field Instruction to MSW level Social Workers and Interns from USC and UCLA. He formerly served as a Co-Facilitator for the LA County HIV Mental Health Task Force, and has provided lectures on various mental health topics. Previously, he was a Teacher’s Assistant for a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice’s MSW level course on Post-colonial Social Work Practice: International Social Welfare in Kolkata, India. He also provides psychotherapy on a fee-for-service basis at outpatient community counseling centers in West and South Philadelphia, and at a Senior Assisted Living Facility in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY and in Manhattan, NYC.

Vivien Dee

Azusa Pacific University, USA

Dr. Vivien Dee is a professor in the Doctoral Studies Program, School of Nursing at Azusa Pacific University since 2006. She has extensive experience in both academic and clinical services; having held executive positions as Associate Hospital Administrator and Director for Nursing at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital, Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs at the UCLA School of Nursing (1987-2005); Director of Nursing Research, Education and Clinical Affairs at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (1998 – 2010). Her research interests include Global Health Disparities and Health Services Research. Dr. Dee is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing since 1992. Her strong beliefs on the importance of personal mentorship and professional networking were the driving forces for taking students to numerous conferences nationally and internationally annually.