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Faina Linkov

Faina Linkov is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Magee-Womens Research Institute. Dr. Linkov holds PhD in Epidemiology, MPH in the Community and Behavioral Health Sciences, and Certificate of Advanced Studies in Global Health from the University of Pittsburgh. Her current research activities concentrate on the use of biological tumor markers to detect malignancies at early stages and on the link between obesity and cancer. Specifically, she is looking at how weight reduction through exercise or bariatric surgery might influence decrease in cancer risk. Dr. Linkov served as a peer reviewer for the British Medical Journal (BMJ), Journal of Medical Internet Research, and others. She published over 80 research papers and chapters in the field of cancer epidemiology and global health. In the past twelve years, Dr. Linkov has been working with Professor Ronald LaPorte in the Global Health Network Supercourse Project (www.pitt.edu/~super1), specifically focusing on issues related to quality control of online materials. Dr. Linkov is one of the core developers of the Supercourse of Science Project, hosted in the Library of Alexandria. One of the main goals of the Supercourse developers is to close the digital divide and deliver public health education materials to faculty members in the developing world. Dr. Linkov’s efforts within the Supercourse focus on bringing the Supercourse model to Central Asian countries.

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