Gari Clifford, DPhil, MSc, is Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Emory University and technology lead for safe+natal. Dr. Clifford has worked in signal processing and machine learning applied to biomedical and clinical problems for over 20 years in both academia and industry. Beginning in streaming data analytics in critical care, he diversified into research applied to health using mobile phones and wearable devices in 2006 as a Principal Research Scientist at MIT. It was there that he cofounded a course on Affordable Healthcare Technology and the mHealth initiative ‘Sana Mobile’, which won the UN Foundation mHealth Alliance Award. He has since taught versions of this course at the University of Oxford, and Emory/Georgia Tech. At Oxford, where he was an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Healthcare Innovation, he founded the Centre for Affordable Healthcare Technology at Kellogg College, leading to several awards including the Engineering World Health Design Competition in 2011 and the Best Innovation Leveraging Technology for the Dell Social Innovation Challenge in 2012. His research areas span perinatal monitoring, critical care, cardiovascular disease, sleep and neuropsychiatric applications. Dr. Clifford developed the prototype for safe+natal when expecting his first child.
Rachel Hall-Clifford , PhD, MPH, MSc, is Assistant Professor of Human Health and Sociology at Emory University and culturally-appropriate implementation lead for safe+natal. Dr. Hall-Clifford is a medical anthropologist working at the intersections of anthropology and public health. She conducts research in the central highlands of Guatemala on treatments for childhood diarrhea and the delivery of primary health care. She is interested in human variation and cross-cultural attitudes toward health. She researches the measurement of long-term impacts of public health intervention and inequalities in the distribution of health and development funding. Dr. Hall-Clifford is Director of the NAPA-OT Field School Guatemala on global health. Dr. Hall-Clifford was the first test subject for the safe+natal prototype.
Peter Rohloff, MD, PhD, is Assistant Professor at Harvard University Medical School and clinical and health system implementation lead for safe+natal.
Dr. Rohloff’s research is focused on using dissemination/implementation and quality improvement methodologies to investigate and improve barriers to health care delivery. In addition to his positions at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, he is the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer for Maya Health Alliance, a primary care organization working with indigenous Maya communities in rural Guatemala. Peter is fluent in Spanish and several indigenous Mayan languages and spends 50% of his time in the field conducting research and mentoring Guatemalan junior clinicians and researchers. His primary research interests include nonpharmacological behavior change interventions for cardiovascular disease and diabetes; epidemiology of diabetes and chronic kidney disease; determinants of food insecurity and chronic child malnutrition; and family-based interventions to support early child development.