Byron Crape

Byron Crape

Department: School of Medicine, National Laboratory Astana, Laboratory of translational medicine and Life Sciences Technologies, Laboratory of genomic and personalized medicine, Laboratory of bioengineering and regenerative medicine, Department of Medicine
Title: Assistant Professor of Practice
Office: 453 NUSOM
Phone: +7 (7172) 69 46 38

I obtained my first degree in physics from the University of Washington in Seattle (U.S.), during which time I established the International House on campus, worked as a street therapist at Open Door Clinic, and founded/directed the Physics and Engineering Drop-In Center in the Instructional Center for Minority Affairs at the University of Washington. Shortly after graduation I became an Instructor in the College of Engineering and Coordinator of the Minority Engineering Program at the University of Washington. I also designed and directed the State of Washington Math, Engineering and Science Program for lower-income inner-city secondary school students. During this time I worked extensiviely with refugees from war-torn countries, in particularly from Cambodia and Central America. I left my position to acquire a Master of Science in Public Health in Biostatistics in Southern Californai, where I also worked with members of street gangs. Shortly after completing my degree we travelled to war-torn El Salvador in Central America, where I worked with a war displaced community during the conflict.

After four years in El Salvador, a period which included establishing a clinic and training of health workers, building a community center, and relief work in conflict zones, I left to enter the PhD program in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in Baltimore (U.S.). While there I taught various courses, started academic support sessions for students in analystical epdimiology and biostatistics, founded the Health and Human Rights Group, worked with street gangs and injection drug users, and conducted analyses on various projects including HIV/AIDS and TB (at the University and for the State of Maryland, U.S.), injection drug users, needle exchange programs and risk factors for postmenopausal breast cancer and tobacco control. While enrolled, I taught courses in Afghanistan (Ministry of Public Health), Armenia (American University of Armenia), and worked in Cambodia and Vietnam in tobacco control.

I left Johns Hopkins University to join the World Health Organization (WHO, part of the U.N), where I worked for some years. While at WHO taught courses, was a keynote speaker in various conferences, design health policy, worked in disaster relief and design health information systems in various WHO regional headquarters, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Cambodia, and other countries. On leaving the WHO, I joined the faculty in the College of Health Sciences at the American University of Armenia and focused my work in the TB Working Group for Global Fund and the Ministry of Health to tranform the health services for TB control, conducted various assessments and evaluations of health services for the Ministry of Health, WHO, UNICEF, CIRC, and other instutions. I assisted in designing the development of the Mastyer of Public Health program and taught various courses in analytical epdimiology, biostatistics, global health and other related topics. Meanwhile, I was a visiting professor for diverse courses offered by Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in Barcelona, Spain, Anton de Kom Univerisity School of Medicine in Parimaribo, Suriname, and King Saud College of Medicine in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

I am currently on faculty of the Nazarbayev University School of Medicine, where I designed and taught four Scientific Reasoning courses for medical students (Evidence-Based Medicine courses and a Population Health course), designed and direct the Master of Public Health program offered in the School of Medicine, and teach various courses in that program. My current research activities include, among others, the Kalachi Sleeping Syndrome, palliative care, alimentation for children on dialysis, risk factors for gastric cancer, survival analysis for organ tranplantation patients, and tobacco control.

Benefit cost analysis of Kazakhstan’s breast screening program
Howie, P., Crape, B., Salikhanov, I., 2018Value in Health,

Risk factors of postoperative complications after radical cystectomy with continent or conduit urinary diversion in Armenia
Tsaturyan, A., Petrosyan, V., Crape, B., Sahakyan, Y., Abrahamyan, L., 2016 In : SpringerPlus. 5, 1, p. 1-9

Risk factors for children’s blood lead levels in metal mining and smelting communities in Armenia: A cross-sectional study
Grigoryan, R., Petrosyan, V., Melkom Melkomian, D., Khachadourian, V., McCartor, A., Crape, B., 2016 In : BMC Public Health. 16, 1,

Explaining Women’s High Satisfaction With Objectively Poor Quality Childbirth Services: Armenia as a Case Study
Grigoryan, R., Thompson, M., Crape, B., Hekimian, K., 2015 In : Health Care for Women International. 36, 1, p. 121-134

Increased risk for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in migratory workers, armenia
Truzyan, N., Crape, B., Grigoryan, R., Martirosyan, H., Petrosyan, V., 2015 In : Emerging Infectious Diseases. 21, 3, p. 474-476

Adapting continuing medical education for post-conflict areas: Assessment in Nagorno Karabagh – a qualitative study
Balalian, A., Simonyan, H., Hekimian, K., Crape, B., 2014 In : Human Resources for Health. 12, 1,

Violence-related mortality and morbidity of humanitarian workers.
Rowley, E., Crape, B., Burnham, G., 2008 In : American journal of disaster medicine. 3, 1, p. 39-45

Weekly Iron-Folic Acid Supplements to Prevent Anemia among Cambodian Women in Three Settings: Process and Outcomes of Social Marketing and Community Mobilization
Kanal, K., Busch-Hallen, J., Cavalli-Sforza, T., Crape, B., Smitasiri, S., 2005 In : Nutrition Reviews. 63, SUPPL.2,

Positive Impact of a Weekly Iron-Folic Acid Supplement Delivered with Social Marketing to Cambodian Women: Compliance, Participation, and Hemoglobin Levels Increase with Higher Socioeconomic Status
Crape, B., Kenefick, E., Cavalli-Sforza, T., Busch-Hallen, J., Milani, S., Kanal, K., 2005 In : Nutrition Reviews. 63, SUPPL.2,

The effects of sponsorship in 12-step treatment of injection drug users
Crape, B., Latkin, C., Laris, A., Knowlton, A., 2002 In : Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 65, 3, p. 291-301

Trends in crime and the introduction of a needle exchange program
Marx, M., Crape, B., Brookmeyer, R., Junge, B., Latkin, C., Vlahov, D., Strathdee, S., 2000 In : American Journal of Public Health. 90, 12, p. 1933-1936


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