Dr. David Cechetto
Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology (Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry), Director of Training, Support & Access Model for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Rwanda and Burundi
Office: 432 Medical Sciences Building
Dr. David F. Cechetto is a Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University, and the Director of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Rwanda Project. Dr. Cechetto received his Master’s Degree from the University of
For the last decade, Western has worked in the health sector in Rwanda in partnership with the Kigali Health Institute, the Faculty of Medicine at the National University of Rwanda and the ministries of Health and Education on health professional education. In the Global Fund-funded assessment of health-care quality identified serious gaps in the ability of health professionals to treat many conditions in those areas. Since 2000, Dr. Cechetto has been working in collaboration with Rwandan health-care organizations as they rebuild the country’s health-care system after it was ravaged by war and the Rwandan genocide of 1994.
Building on a decade-long relationship, Western University educators, researchers and their partners in Rwanda have been collaborating towards the construction of a better health-care system for some of the most vulnerable members of the central African nation, including the redevelopment of nursing and medical education. As per the request of the Rwandan partners, the Canadian team was asked to collaborate with the local practitioners and officials in capacity building activities to address the existing gaps in maternal, newborn
In addition to his development work, Dr. Cechettho’s research interests are in the role of inflammation in cerebral ischemia and vascular cognitive impairment and dementia. He has developed animal models for the investigation of the combined effects of Alzheimer Disease and cerebral ischemia and other risk factors for vascular cognitive impairment such as diabetes,
Hategekimana,C., J. Shoveller, L. Tuyisenge, C. Kenyon, D.F. Cechetto, L.D. Lynd. 2016. Correlates of performanceof healthcare workers in Emergency, Triage, Assessmentand Treatment plus Admission care (ETAT+) course in Rwanda: Context matters. PlosONE Mar 31;11(3):e0152882.
- Hategekimana, C. Shoveller, J., Tuyisenge, L., Kenyon, C., Cechetto, D.F., Lynd, L.D. 2017. Pediatric emergency care capacity in a low-resource setting: an assessment of district hospitals in Rwanda.PlosONE Mar 3;12(3):e0173233.
- Nell, H.J., J.L. Au, C.R. Giordano, S.R. Terlecky, P.A. Walton, S.N. Whitehead and D.F.Cechetto. 2017. The targeted antioxidant, CAT-SKL, reduces beta-amyloid toxicity in the rat brain. Brain Pathol. Jan;27(1):86-94