Team

Secretariat

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Dr Yazan Douedari

Licenced dentist in Syria and the UK. He is an alumnus of Aleppo University, holds an MPH from LSHTM through the Chevening Scholarship, and is a Research Assistant at LSHTM. His research focuses on health systems governance in Syria. He leads SyRG planning and operations, including identifying potential projects and collaborators, leading governance ‘fieldwork’, and coordinating volunteer researchers.

Ms Mervat Alhaffar

Holds a bachelor’s in pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Damascus University/Syria, an alumna of an MPH from LSHTM through the Chevening Scholarship, and is a Research Assistant at LSHTM. Her research focuses on health systems and gender justice in Syria and the region. She leads SyRG external relations, including identifying potential project funding and collaborators, leading gender ‘fieldwork’, managing SyRG events, and coordinating volunteers.

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Dr Natasha Howard

Holds a dual Associate Professorship at LSHTM and SSHSPH and is SyRG academic lead. Her research focuses on infectious disease control and health policy and systems in protracted conflicts in Asia. She provides support for new and ongoing SyRG research, including guidance on grant applications, study design, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and the capacity development of junior researchers.

Membership

Dr Aula Abbara

Consultant in infectious diseases and honorary clinical research fellow at Imperial College London, Syria Public Health Network chair, and research lead for the Syrian American Medical Society.

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