Raphael Lorenz-de Laigue

Mariam Maglakelidze

Fellow

Mariam has a Ph.D. in Pulmonology from Tbilisi State Medical University and Masters degree in International Health from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Her primary interests in public health are non-communicable diseases, namely chronic respiratory diseases and their risk factors. Her research record covers studies on the topics of anticholinergic drugs for exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), as well as on COPD prevalence and management, and on tobacco use. She first joined IASS for a three month fellowship in 2016, as a fellow in the group “Air quality in the Context of Global Change”. Her literature review on NO2 effects on health, resulted in a study, which she is currently carrying out, examining NO2’s association with respiratory hospital admissions in Berlin; the study is a joint project with Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

Before joining IASS as a senior fellow, Mariam worked as a Consultant on Environmental Health for the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health of Georgia. She was involved in preparation of policy documents and elaborated Heat Waves Action Plan for Tbilisi and for Batumi; she also took part in elaboration of National Environmental Health Action Plan (NEHAP).

She has 10 years of working experience with UN agencies and high level policy makers; she is Georgia country representative for Global Alliance against Respiratory Diseases (GARD). In addition Mariam has written proposals resulting in public health projects on addressing smoking dependence and smoking cessation promotion, as well as projects on awareness on cancer prevention. Throughout her work on fundraising projects she has managed to raise about 250 000 euros through charity events and awareness raising initiatives. Mariam is a Mayo Clinic certified tobacco treatment specialist and a member of Georgian Respiratory Association.

  • 2016-2017 Consultant on Environmental Health of National Center for Disease Control and Public Health of Georgia
  • 2015-2016 Project Coordinator “Protection of population’s health from the influence of heat waves” , Georgia Red Cross Society
  • 2015-2016 Consultant of the project “Ensuring smooth transition of institutional knowledge of the Black Sea Countries Coalition on Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention from Georgia to Turkey”, UNFPA CO Georgia
  • 2014- currently Founder of The Black Sea Partnership on Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control
  • 2009-2014 Technical Assistant to the Black Sea Countries Coalition on Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention, UNFPA CO Georgia
  • 2010-2011 Regional Coordinator for the European Cervical Cancer Association (ECCA)
  • 2007-2008 Technical Assistant to Georgian National Reproductive Health Council, UNFPA CO Georgia
  • Non-Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control
  • Respiratory Health and its risk factors (air pollution, tobacco)
  • Climate Change and Health

Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • “Prevalence and correlates of tobacco smoking, smokeless tobacco and passive smoking in Georgian adults: results of non-communicable disease risk factors STEPS survey Georgia 2016“.Tob. Induc. Dis. 2018;16(Suppl 1):A796
  • “Current tobacco use and its associated factors among adults in Georgia: findings from Non-Communicable Disease Risk Factors STEPS Survey Georgia 2016” March 2018
  • Tobacco Induced Diseases 16(1)
  • “Assessing tobacco marketing regulation implementation level in Georgia: evidence from Non Communicable Disease Risk Factors STEPS Survey Georgia 2016“ March 2018 Tobacco Induced Diseases 16(1)
  • “The prevalence of the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the city of Telavi, Georgia: a cross-sectional study“ September 2017. Conference: ERS International Congress 2017 abstracts
  • "The indicators of respiratory system in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease during atrovent N therapy by means of small spacers". Annals of Biomedical Research and Education, Volume 6, # 1, 2006, p. 54-57."
  • "The comparison of Ipratropium and Salmeterol therapy efficiency on the parameters of breath efficiency, tolerance towards physical activity and quality of life in patients with COPD. Annals of Biomedical Research and Education, # 2, 2006
  • "Anticholinergic drugs in acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease." Annals of Biomedical Research and Education, Volume 5, # 4, 2005, p. 229– 232.
  • „Effectiveness of an adapted pulmonary rehabilitation intervention for improving health-related quality of life amongst symptomatic COPD patients in Georgia: a randomised controlled trial (protocol)“ ICPRG Conference, Porto, Portugal. May 2018
  • „CRDs overview in Georgia“- GARD General Meeting. Lisbon, Portugal, 2015
  • „Chronic Respiratory Diseases in Georgia“. GARD General Meeting. Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. 2014
  • Selected for the course “Global Mental Health”- Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health. Charite- Universitaetsmedizin Berlin. 17/07/17- 27/07/17
  • Selected for the course “Challenges in Global Health”- Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health. Charite- Universitaetsmedizin Berlin. 13/03/17-17/03/17 Berlin/Fort Portal
  • Selected for the course “Assessing Health Impact of Programmes on Populations”- Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charite- Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, 04/07/2016-08/07/2016
  • Selected for the course “Effective Project Leadership”-Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charite- Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, 09/05/2016-18/05/2016
  • Selected for the course “Health and Human Rights”- Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charite- Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, 24/11/2014-28/11/2014
  • Selected for the course “Translating Healthcare Research into Practice. Subjects: read and evaluate health research; formulate a research question; understand the sources of clinical evidence; conduct evidence search in applicable databases.” – New York University, 15/07/2013 – 19/07/2013
  • Selected for the course “Social Determinants of Health” – Gadja Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 06/09/2012 – 11/09/2012
  • Selected for the course “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights”- Council of Europe, 07/05/2008– 12/05/2008