Aygul K. Kaptagayeva, M.D., Ph.D., D. Sc., Director, Department of Medical Education and Science, National Center for Healthcare Development, Kazakhstan, is a policy maker whose health policy interests include innovative medical education and evidence based learning. Dr. Kaptagayeva received her medical degree from Akmola State Medical School where she also completed her residency. Following her residency, she was a faculty member at the department of physiology, during which time she earned a Ph.D. Her research interests include effectiveness of innovative medical education programs, cancer research, and patient outcomes.
Raushan Issayeva, M.D., Ph.D., Deputy Director, The Center for Life Sciences, JSC Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, received her medical degree from the Leningrad Pediatric Medical Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia. Her postdoctoral research and training included specialization in oncology and molecular biology and a fellowship in pediatric respiratory physiology and lung function testing. Dr. Issayeva was a faculty member at the department of pediatrics at the Kazakh National Medical University, where she later served as a Vice Dean for Research and International Relations. Her current research interests include the effects of specialization on patient outcomes and pediatric and cancer research.