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ReFlections Volume 50, June 2020

  • Lauren Garfield
  • Dr. Sheetal Salgaonkar
  • Sharon Latocha
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In Brief
Explore developments head and neck cancers, stem cell transplantation, candida auris and more.

It is also now, more than ever, that we realize the important role our industry plays in serving the financial needs of our clients and policyholders. This is the 50th edition of ReFlections, RGA’s global medical newsletter. It has been our pleasure to provide this essential service for the past 21 years and we look forward to continuing to do so for many years to come. In this “golden” anniversary edition, we highlight two new authors as well as one who is well-known to ReFlections readers.

To start off, new author Lauren Garfield, Ph.D., MPH, Underwriting Research Consultant, U.S. Mortality Markets, takes us through the complicated topic of head and neck cancers and further explores the impact of human papilloma virus (HPV) on many of these cancers.

Next, Dr. Sheetal Salgaonkar, Vice President and Medical Director, Global Medical, RGA India, provides a deep dive into the important and growing world of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Last, new author Sharon Latocha, Senior Underwriting Consultant, RGA Australia, researches the emerging risk of Candida auris infections and their relevance to insurance medicine, underwriting, and claims.

The Longer Life Foundation (LLF) update is dedicated in its entirety to researchers who are on the front line of the COVID-19 battle. We highlight two former LLF grant recipients who share their current endeavors and how they hope to favorably impact the trajectory of the pandemic. LLF is proud to have supported their work in the past and salutes their ongoing efforts.

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Head and Neck Cancers in 2020
Lab worker extracting stem cells from storage
The Rise of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
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Candida Auris: A Quietly Emerging Health Threat
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Meet the Authors & Experts

Lauren Garfield
Lauren Garfield
Underwriting Research Consultant, U.S. Individual Life
Dr. Sheetal Salgaonkar
Dr. Sheetal Salgaonkar
Vice President and Medical Director, Global Medical
Sharon Latocha
Senior Underwriting, Consultant, RGA Australia