Director Digital Health, World Health Organization, WHO
Alain Labrique is an infectious disease epidemiologist, community trialist and a globally recognized leader in the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to strengthen health systems in resource-limited settings. His research focuses on leveraging mobile and digital technologies to solve public health problems – improving data collection, promoting healthy behaviors, optimizing quality / timeliness of services – but more importantly, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in Digital Health, redefining public health of the future.
Currently serving on the faculty of the Global Disease Epidemiology and Control Program of the Department of International Health, Alain Labrique holds joint appointments in Epidemiology, Community-Public Health, Health Sciences Informatics, Bioengineering Innovation and Design.
He leads one of JHU’s largest field research sites in Bangladesh, heading a team of more than 850 field staff to study ways to reduce infant and maternal mortality in Bangladesh. He has nearly 200 peer-reviewed publications and has given over 85 public lectures and invited keynotes on the topic of Digital Health. Alain Labrique is the inventor of several appropriate technologies, including the Portable Field Dark Adaptometer – a novel device currently being validated as a non-invasive method for vitamin A assessment.