Science Cafe June 2017:
The Science Café for the month of June was held on the 8th of June 2017 in Bilik Serbaguna from 1-2pm. The topic of discussion was titled “Real-World Implementation Science in Action: Lessons Learned from Ukraine” and the talk was given by Prof. Dr. Frederick L. Altice. We were very fortunate to have such an esteemed and respected expert in the field of global public health and HIV research deliver the talk. Prof. Dr. Frederick l. Altice is a Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) at Yale University and is the Director of Clinical and Community Research at Tale Univesity School of Medicine and School of Public Health. He is also a UM Academic Icon. The talk began with a brief introduction by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya Ybhg. Prof. Dato' Dr. Adeeba Binti Kamarulzaman who has collaborated with Prof. Dr. Altice on a number of studies. The talk centered on implementation science studies and its applications to real-world healthcare practices. For this particular talk the discussion centered on implementation science in action to expand HIV prevention using medication-assisted therapies in the Ukraine. Throughout the talk the different criteria for a successful implementation science project was discussed. These included identifying the evidence-based intervention being disseminated, understanding implementation factors, and identifying potential implementation methods and targets. Prof. Dr. Altice also discussed the NIATx Model which is a facilitation model of process improvement specifically for behavioural health care settings that was used in the Ukraine to improve opioid agonist therapy outcomes. To conclude his talk Prof. Dr. Altice summarized on how implementation science provides a scientific method to determine if an evidence-based intervention is effective in real-world settings.