Dr. Alain Labrique is an infectious disease epidemiologist by training, with a background in molecular biology. Dr. Labrique serves on the faculty in the Global Disease Epidemiology and Control Program of the Department of International Health, with a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology, Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Department of Community-Public Health in the School of Nursing of the Johns Hopkins University. He completed an MS in Molecular Biology at UNC-Chapel Hill, followed by a Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Epidemiology, specializing in Infectious Diseases and large population-based randomized trials, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
From 2001 to 2008, Dr. Labrique served as the resident JHU Project Scientist and Country Representative for the JiVitA Project, a maternal and child health research project in northwestern rural Bangladesh with 850 staff, who have identified and tracked over 130,000 pregnancies to date. Dr. Labrique helped establish a household GIS system which covers over 450,000 waypoints across this area, longitudinally tracking nearly 650,000 individuals since 2001. He has led several pilot studies of mHealth MNCH strategies, including a labor and birth notification system, and a mobile-dispatched emergency obstetric and neonatal care team.
Leading a transdisciplinary team spanning the entire Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Labrique directs the Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative. He is lead investigator in research exploring the potential for mobile information and communications technologies to facilitate timely emergency obstetric and neonatal care to improve maternal and neonatal outcomes in resource-limited settings. Dr. Labrique was recognized as one of the Top 11 mHealth Innovators in 2011 for his mCARE research project in Bangladesh, supported by a prestigious UBS Optimus Foundations Innovations grant. . He was also a member of the 2011 WHO Bellagio Working Group on eHealth Evaluation, and a co-author of the Bellagio Declaration on this topic.
In addition to teaching and mentoring students at the School, for which he was recently awarded an Excellence in Advising Award from University President Ronald Daniels, and continued involvement as a Lead Investigator with the JiVitA Maternal and Child Health research projects (www.jivita.org), Dr. Labrique is working on defining the consequences of hepatitis E infections in pregnant women in South Asia and reducing nosocomial infections in hospitalized neonates. Dr. Labrique is also working to describe the “trajectories to mortality” in resource-limited settings experienced by women of reproductive age and infants, to identify novel opportunities for intervention. Dr. Labrique is also actively engaged in designing, exploring and validating appropriate diagnostic and public health technologies, and is the inventor of a number of medical and anthropometric devices.