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
Email
byron.crape@nu.edu.kz
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.