Manager, Knowledge Management and Priorties
Special Programme on Research and Training on Tropical Diseases (TDR)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Dr. Garry Aslanyan joined the Special Programme on Research and Training on
Tropical Diseases (TDR) of the World Health Organization (WHO) in June 2009 and is
responsible for development of policy frameworks to support the program's new vision
and strategy, including TDR's collaborations with six Regional Offices of WHO and
coordination of ESSENCE, an initiative of research funders.
Prior to this position, Dr.
Aslanyan spent two-years at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) as Principal
Advisor of the International Public Health Division in order to develop PHAC's
international policy framework with the focus on its multilateral relations with the key
organizations such as WHO and PAHO. From 2001 to 2007, Dr. Aslanyan worked as
the Senior Health Advisor and later Team Leader of the Health Systems, Research and
Analysis group at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) where he
was responsible for development of CIDA's policies in the health sector programming,
including immunization, communicable and non-communicable disease prevention and
control, health research and other international development issues.
Prior to joining
CIDA, Dr. Aslanyan taught and researched at the University of Toronto and George
Brown College and worked on international assignments for the World Bank and the
WHO's Regional Office for Europe.
Dr. Aslanyan is an Adjunct Professor in international
health at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Medicine.
From 2004 to 2007 Dr.
Aslanyan was the President of the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA). He is
trained in dentistry, public health and health policy and systems.
Dr. Aslanyan is a full
Fellow of and currently the Examiner for the specialty of Dental Public Health with the
Royal College of Dentists of Canada.