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Susanne Martin Herz, MD, PhD & Louisa Chikara Mudawarima, MBChB, MMed Paediatrics

Dr. Martin Herz' scholarly work focuses primarily on the prevention of neonatal brain injury and developmental delay/disability and the epidemiology of developmental disability in low-resourced settings. She has more than 15 years’ experience working with early childhood development (ECD) programs in Zimbabwe and continues scholarly work and consultation in this area and in global neurodevelopmental assessment. She has a strong background in quality improvement and systems work, including on projects to reduce disparities in access to neurodevelopmental diagnostics and services. Dr. Martin Herz is Co-Investigator on a study of the impact of improved neonatal resuscitation on newborn survival, fresh stillbirth and rates of adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes in urban Harare, Zimbabwe and was Co-Primary Investigator on the recently completed Health and Neurodevelopment follow-up study, nested within Preterm Birth Initiative Kenya in rural Migori County Kenya.

Dr. Martin Herz has been a consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on neurodevelopmental strategy and programs since September 2016 and was a technical advisor on an American Academy of Pediatrics/USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) project “Strengthening Services in the Context of the Zika Epidemic in the English-speaking Caribbean” in 2018-2019. She is a member of the World Health Organization's Nurturing Care Framework Implementation Working Group and the American Academy of Pediatrics' Global Early Childhood Development Project Advisory Committee (GECD-PAC).

Dr. Susanne Martin Herz is Associate Professor and Associate Clinical Director in the Division of Developmental Medicine, Department Pediatrics, and Affiliate Faculty in the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences and the UCSF Program in Bioethics.

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