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Silvia Alessi-Severini

Associate Professor at the College of Pharmacy, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada. Member of the Canadian Drug Expert Committee. Member of the Manitoba Drug Standards and Therapeutics Committee. Academic Editor of PLOS ONE. Member of the PEBC Panel of Examiners for the Pharmacist Evaluating Examination. Board member of the Women's Health Research Foundation of Canada.

Christian L. Althaus

Research group leader at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) at the University of Bern (Switzerland). Christian Althaus' research is focused on modeling the dynamics of infectious diseases within and between hosts. He is a co-founder of the Swiss Meeting for Infectious Disease Dynamics (SMIDDY).

Stefan D Baral

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.

Maria del Mar Bibiloni Esteva

Dr. Bibiloni Esteva has a degree in Biology (2007) and Biochemistry (2008) and PhD in Human Nutrition (2012) from the University of the Balearic Islands. She is a researcher at the Institute of Health Carlos III (CIBERobn, Pathophysiology of Obesity and Nutrition) and Assistant Professor of the Department of Fundamental Biology and Health Sciences of the University of the Balearic Islands.

Jason K. Blackburn

I am an Associate Professor of Medical Geography at the University of Florida. I am jointly appointed to the Emerging Pathogens Institute and I run BSL-3 Select Agent pathogen lab focused on bacteria. I founded and direct the Spatial Epidemiology & Ecology Research Lab, which combines our BSL-3 work with spatial modeling of pathogen habitats, animal movements, and ecological modeling.

Sheng Chen

Professor in Microbiology, Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Director, Shenzhen Key Laboratory in Food Biological Safety Control, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Carlos Conte-Junior

Professor of Food Science and Technology from Fluminense Federal University, Brazil. Bachelor's at Veterinarian Medicine from Fluminense Federal University, Master's at Food Science and Technology from Rio de Janeiro Federal University, doctorate at Veterinary Medicine from Fluminense Federal University, PhD. at Food Science and Technology from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) with stay in Vrije Universiteit Medisch Centrum Amsterdam (VUmc), post-doctorate in Karolinska Institute (Sweden) and post-doctorate in University of California (USA). Has more than 173 Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles, 2 Technical Articles, 11 Invited Book Chapters, 48 Full-Paper Conference Proceedings and 148 Refereed Abstracts.

James C. Coyne

Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute and Director of Behavioral Oncology at the Abramson Cancer Center at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Groningen, NL.

Keith A Crandall

Keith A. Crandall, PhD is the founding Director of the Computational Biology Institute at George Washington University. Professor Crandall studies the computational biology, population genetics, and bioinformatics, developing and testing of Big Data methods DNA sequence analysis. He applies such methods to the study of the evolution of both infectious diseases (especially HIV) and crustaceans (especially crayfish). Professor Crandall has published over 260 peer reviewed publications, as well as three books. He has been a Fulbright Visiting Scholar to Oxford University and an Allen Wilson Centre Sabbatical Fellow at the University of Auckland. Professor Crandall has received a number of awards for research and teaching, including the American Naturalist Society Young Investigator Award, an NSF CAREER Award, a PhRMA Foundation Faculty Development Award in Bioinformatics, Honors Professor of the Year award at Brigham Young University, ISI Highly Cited Researcher, and the Edward O. Wilson Naturalist Award. He was also recently elected a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. Professor Crandall earned his BA degree from Kalamazoo College in Biology and Mathematics, an MA degree from Washington University in Statistics, and a PhD from Washington University School of Medicine in Biology and Biomedical Sciences. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Puyo, Ecuador.

José G B Derraik

Dr José Derraik was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), but moved to New Zealand in 1995. José has a very broad academic background, with a BSc and MSc in Ecology from the University of Otago (New Zealand), and a PhD in Public Health (University of Otago). His MSc examined invertebrate biodiversity in human-modified habitats. His PhD focused on vector ecology, more precisely on mosquitoes in New Zealand and how the threat of a mosquito-borne disease outbreak has been affected by ongoing anthropogenic environmental change. José then worked as a Senior Advisor for MAF Biosecurity NZ, where he provided expert advice to the NZ government on biosecurity threats to human health.

In 2008, José joined the Liggins Institute (University of Auckland) where he has been working on paediatric research, as well as on a number of clinical trials in adolescents and adults at risk of metabolic disease. His research focuses primarily on the long-term effects of early life events (such as preterm or post-term birth) in childhood. However, José has recently been appointed as an honorary research associate at Uppsala University in Sweden, where alongside his Swedish colleagues he has been examining also the long-term effects of early life events in adulthood.

Lastly, José is currently involved in a large multi-institutional project (A Better Start) in New Zealand, with a leading role in a number of studies aiming to predict, prevent, and mitigate childhood obesity in the country.

Marcelo U. Ferreira

Prof. Marcelo Ferreira is a medical parasitologist with over 20-year experience in field-oriented and laboratory research. He graduated in Medicine from the University of São Paulo, Brazil (1988), where he was trained in Internal Medicine (1999-2004) and obtained his MSc (1993) and PhD (1997) degrees. Further research training was obtained in Japan (Nagoya University, 1995-97) and the United States (Harvard University, 2005-06). He teaches medical parasitology at the University of São Paulo since 1990 and currently serves as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee on Malaria of the Pan-American Health Organization.

Valerie Fleming

Professor and Consultant at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Adviser to World health Organisation, Visitng Professor University of West of Scotland.

Valerie has been a midwife since qualifying in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1979 and has
practised in various countries in Europe, Asia, Australasia, Africa and the Middle
East. She undertook her higher education in New Zealand, gaining Bachelor’s,
Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Massey University. She has been active in
research and international development since gaining her fist academic post in 1991.

From 2007-2011 she was director of Glasgow Caledonian University’s World Health
Organisation Collaborating Centre and during the last two years, Secretary General
of the WHO Global Network of Collaborating Centres. During this time she received
many research and development grants. From 2011-2012 she was Regional Adviser
for Nursing and Midwifery, the WHO Europe’s highest position in the field. During this
time, she worked as a consultant in the Institute of Midwifery, Zurich University of
Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and in 2012 took up a full time position there, returning to
full time research. She continues to attract research funding.