Stefan Baral is a physician epidemiologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (JHSPH). Stefan has led epidemiological studies among key populations including men who have sex with men and sex workers in Southern, Eastern, and Western African countries as well as in Central and Southeastern Asia. Stefan acts as the Director of the Key Populations Program for the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the JHSPH.
Marina Bentivoglio is Professor of Histology at the University of Verona, Italy. She graduated in Medicine at the Catholic University of Rome, Italy, where she also did her residency in Neurology. After her training in clinical neurology and in neuropathology, she has focused on experimental approaches to the neurobiology of disease. Her research focuses on neural-immune interactions in neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative conditions, aging, sleep disorders. She has published over 185 scientific articles and 50 chapters in books.
She served as Secretary General of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and as President of the Italian Society of Neuroscience (SINS) and in Committees of the Federation of the European Neuroscience Societies (FENS). She serves in the Council of the Rita Levi-Montalcini Foundation for the education of African women, and in the “Neurobiology Educational Task Force” of the International League against Epilepsy (ILAE). She is a member of the Academia Europaea, foreign member of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Argentina, and other scientific academies. She is actively engaged in the training of young investigators and in activities to foster international cooperation in the neurological sciences, with special reference to countries with limited resources. She has participated as lecturer/instructor in numerous courses and schools in neuroscience in Europe, Africa, Latin America.
Professor of Medicine and Biology at The University of California, Irvine. Formerly Professor, Division of Virology, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA. Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Currently Associate Director of the Pacific Southwest Regional Center of Excellence for Emerging Diseases.
I received a BS in Biology and Computer Science from Loyola College in Maryland and a PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology from Iowa State University (ISU). Upon graduation, I received a ISU Research Excellence award and the University-Wide Zaffrano Prize for Graduate Research. In August 2007, I joined the faculty of the University of Notre Dame (UND). I am the UND Director of Bioinformatics and I hold concurrent Associate Professor positions in Computer Science & Engineering and Biological Sciences. My research interests include genome-focused bioinformatics, parallel computing, and arthropod genomics (VectorBase and Arthropod Genomics Consortium/i5K). Specifically, my group is focusing on non-model genome assembly and analysis with applications to global health and ecology.
Professor of Entomology, Dr. Fonseca teaches courses in Medical and Veterinary Entomology and Population Genetics, researches the ecology and evolution of invasive species and does extension research on ways to control invasive mosquitoes. She has a B.S. in Biology and Geology from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Geneticist at the Smithsonian where she is still a Research Associate, then Assistant Curator at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Dr. Fonseca joined Rutgers University in 2007.
Reader in Pathogen Dynamics at the University of Cambridge; formerly Adjunct Associate Professor in the Dept. of Pathology, University of California San Diego (UCSD). Graduated with a BA in Natural Sciences (1st class), Trinity College, Cambridge (1992), DPhil in Mathematical Biology, Merton College, Oxford (1996). Postdoctoral positions at Princeton University, Oxford University, University of Edinburgh and UCSD. Awards include: NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship (1996), MRC Nonclinical Training Fellowship (1997-2000), a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2008-2013), and Thomson-Reuters Highly Cited Researcher awards in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Dr Yuming Guo is an Associate Professor and NHMRC Career Development Fellow, at Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine in Monash University. He is interested in assessing the associations between environmental exposures (e.g., air pollution and weather) and human health using advanced statistical models. He leads and participates in analyses for several international collaborations and, in this capacity, liaises with scientists with diverse perspectives to encourage multidisciplinary approaches to problem-solving. He has been awarded best environmental epidemiology paper by international society for environmental epidemiology, and best young investigator by The Lancet-Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences committee. He is an adjunct professor at University of Oulu, Finland and Jinan University (Guangzhou), China.
Robert Hijmans is a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, and the chair of the Geography Graduate Group at the University of California Davis. Prior to joining UC Davis, he held positions at the International Potato Center (Peru), the International Rice Research Institute (Philippines) and at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on spatial data analysis in biodiversity, agriculture, and health, and he has developed widely used software and databases to support such work. He is the director of the Geospatial and Farming Systems Research Consortium of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Sustainable Intensification. He has a PhD in Production Ecology from Wageningen University (Netherlands).
Senior Lecturer in Communicable Disease Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Sydney; Public Health Lead and Node Leader for Mass Gathering Medicine, Marie Bashir Institute, University of Sydney; Honorary Life Fellow, St Andrew's College within the University of Sydney; Senior Member and College Research Associate, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge
I studied medicine in Cambridge and during my junior doctor years was very interested in both neurology and infectious diseases. Clinically I specialised in medical microbiology, keeping a particular interest in neurological infections. For the past 3 years I have been in Saudi Arabia developing a pathogen genomics laboratory where I have gained first-hand experience of second generation sequencing and bioinformatics.
Infectious diseases and medical microbiology are undergoing the most significant shift since PCR was introduced. By the end of this decade, sequencing will have become the main option when investigating any outbreak or infection. I study the interface between genomics as a pure science and its translation into clinical and public health benefits.
At present I am examining the worldwide genomics of tuberculosis, the use of sequencing to characterise MRSA strains and the genomic variations in BCG vaccine strains used around the globe.
Abdullatif Husseini, Ph.D., MPH, MS is currently an Associate Professor of Public Health and Director of the Master of Community and Public Health Program at the Birzeit University. He received his MS in life sciences from Indiana State University, his MPH from the University of Wales, and his Ph.D. in epidemiology and preventive medicine from the University of Oslo, Norway. Dr. Husseini research interests include epidemiology of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors and public health in emergencies. His publications in peer reviewed journals covered various topics, including diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases, and obesity, among other important public health issues in the region. He led and participated in various research projects. Dr. Husseini taught different graduate and the undergraduate courses including: classical epidemiology, advanced epidemiology, research methods, and introduction to public health Dr. Husseini is a tenured associate professor at Birzeit University.
Keith Klugman, director for pneumonia, leads the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s work to improve the development and delivery of pneumonia vaccines and expand the use of antibiotic treatments and diagnostic tools.
Keith is a leading expert on antibiotic resistance in pneumonia pathogens and helped develop the pneumococcal vaccine that is now part of the immunization regimen for children born in the United States and is being rolled out globally. Keith was the William H. Foege Professor of Global Health and Professor of Epidemiology in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University as well as Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Emory School of Medicine. In addition, he still serves as Honorary Professor in the Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.
Keith has chaired or served on numerous expert committees for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among other American and international organizations, and has published more than 450 scientific papers on the subjects of pneumonia, meningitis, antimicrobial resistance, and vaccines for bacterial pathogens, which have been cited more than 20,000 times to date. He is currently the President of the International Society for Infectious Diseases.
Keith trained in South Africa and did his post-doctoral research at Rockefeller University in New York.
Ziad Kronfol, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychiatry Clerkship Director at Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar. He previously was Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Psychoneuroimmunology Program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr. Kronfol is past Vice-President of the Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations, Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and member of the section on education in the World Psychiatric Association.