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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 methods for DNA sequence analysis. He applies such methods to the study of the evolution of both infectious diseases (especially microbiome diversity) and crustaceans (especially decapod crustaceans). Professor Crandall has published over 300 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 is also an elected 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.

James F Curtin

BSc, PhD. Head of School of Food Science and Environmental Health at Dublin Institute of Technology. Worked in translational research developing an immunotherapy for brain cancer for five years. Main focus: cancer; new therapeutic technologies; nanoscience; cold atmospheric plasma; gene therapy; immunotherapy - resulting in Phase I clinical trials and publications. James leads a multidisciplinary research team applying novel technologies for the treatment of brain cancer.

Fulvio D'Acquisto

Fulvio D'Acquisto graduated in pharmaceutical chemistry in 1993 from the University of Naples Federico II and was trained in pharmacology at the Department of Experimental Pharmacology of the Faculty of Pharmacy. He earned his Ph.D. degree in experimental pharmacology (1999).

During his postdoc at the Immunobiology section of Yale Medical School (1999-2004), he investigated the mechanisms by which TCR signaling leads to the activation of NF-kB. .

In 2006, he was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Immunopharmacology within the Center for Biochemical Pharmacology at William Harvey Research Institute. He was conferred the title of Reader in Immunopharmacology in 2009 and Professor of Immunopharmacology in 2014.

He has been Deputy Director of the Centre for Biochemical Pharmacology of the William Harvey Research Institute from 2014 till 2017. During this period he has also been involved in the establishment of the Life Science Institute at QMUL and co-lead the biomedical research domain with Prof. R Pickersgill.

In 2017 he has been awarded an MA in Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Northampton for the study of dreams in patients suffering from autoimmune diseases. In the same year, he has moved to the University of Roehampton, Department of Life Science, to take up the position of Professor of Immunology where he is currently studying the links between emotional states and the immune inflammatory response.

Emanuela Felley-Bosco

Graduated in toxicology at the University of Lausanne, then trained at the Occupational Health Science Institute and at the Swiss Experimental Cancer Institute, and at the National Cancer Institute, USA. Main interest is cancer-related inflammation with special focus on mesothelioma. Principal investigator of translational research projects for the treatment of patients with mesothelioma, and non-clinical studies, which aim at a better understanding of the biology of mesothelioma development.

Hendrik B. Feys

Principal Investigator of the Transfusion Research Center, Belgian Red Cross Flanders, Belgium. Visiting Professor at Ghent University, Faculty of Medicine.

Carla Fiorentini

CARLA FIORENTINI is presently Coordinator of a Research Group at the Italian Center for Global Health, past-Director of “Natural Substances, Traditional Medicine” Section at the Dept. of Therapeutic Research and Medicines Evaluation, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Roma. Academic Degree in Biology and Specialty in Microbiology, University of Roma. Post-doctoral training at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Her current research is focused on CNF1 as potential novel therapeutics for central nervous system disorders. She is co-inventor in five different patents on CNF1 activity on the central nervous system. As co-author of numerous book chapters and articles in leading journals, she is renowned in the field of bacterial protein toxins.

Mario Alberto Flores-Valdez

Dr. Mario Alberto Flores-Valdez is a Professor in the Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Unit, CIATEJ, A.C., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico (2007-present). He is a member of the National System of Researchers (SNI), he was a Stanford University Medical Center postdoctoral fellow (2004-2007), where he received a Dean's Fellowship Award (2006) to conduct research on Tuberculosis. He worked in UNAM as Research Assistant for Prof. Jaime Mora (2004) and Prof. Emundo Calva (2003). He has received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from UNAM (1999-2003), a M.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering from UANL (1996-1999) and a B.Sc. from Universidad de Sonora (1991-1996) in Chemistry and Biology. He has received fellowships from CONACYT for M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies and in M.Sc. and B.Sc. has received Diplomas as Best Student. He has reviewed articles for several peer-reviewed journal and has expertise in Tuberculosis, particularly in developing recombinant BCG strains. He has been PI for 6 grants from 2008 to date, focused in studies about tuberculosis vaccine development and basic aspects of mycobacterial physiology.

Uta Francke

Uta Francke is Professor of Genetics and Pediatrics, Emeritus, Stanford University School of Medicine. Past President, American Society of Human Genetics; Past President, International Federation of Human Genetics Societies; March of Dimes/Colonel Harland Sanders Lifetime Achievement Award in Genetics. Recipient of the William Allan Award of the American Society of Human Genetics. Senior Medical Director, 23andMe, Inc.

Robert Fruscio

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the University of Milan-Bicocca, in Monza, Italy and staff physician in the general Gynecological Unit of San Gerardo Hospital. Before MD graduation and during the residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology he conducted an intense preclinical research activity at Mario Negri Institute (Milan) and at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). In 2010 he acquired a PhD in Gynecologic Oncology. His research interests are focused on molecular biology of ovarian cancer, and on prevention and treatment of gynecological malignancies.

2001: Degree in Medicine and Surgery
2006: Specialization in Obstetrics and Gynecology
2010: PhD in Gynecologic Oncology
2014: Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Liang Gao

Dr. Liang Gao currently works as a senior Research Fellow at the Center of Experimental Orthopaedics, Saarland University, Germany. His clinical interests include sports medicine, arthroplasty, and traumatology. His research focuses on joint preservation and orthobiologics.

Dr. Gao studied Medicine in China and Germany with intensive fellowship training in both Asia and Europe. He completed the orthopaedic residency training at Peking University Medical Center, China and received the ECFMG certificate. Moreover, he obtained his master of science degree from Heidelberg University, Germany and his doctorate summa cum laude from Saarland University, Germany.

Dr. Gao is the Committee Member of Basic Science Committee of International Cartilage Repair Society and the Founding Member of Sino Euro Orthopaedics Society. He also serves in other international societies including ESSKA, AOSSM, ORS, and OARSI.

Gregory E. Gilbert

Dr. Gilbert is a biostatistician with Learning Sciences, Adtalem Global Education. He also holds appointments as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Center for Teaching & Learning, Ross University School of Medicine and the Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Drexel University. He received a BA in Psychology from Baylor University, Master of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Biostatistics & Epidemiology from the University of South Carolina, and a Doctorate of Education from Argosy University. Dr. Gilbert is also credentialed as a Professional Statistician (PStat®) by the American Statistical Association.

He has extensive experience in survival analysis, longitudinal data analysis including the use of mixed models, psychometrics, and G theory. Dr. Gilbert also has substantial experience in medical education, nursing education, veterinary education, and the quantitative evaluation of instructional modalities and health educational systems.

Dr. Gilbert holds membership in four scholastic honor societies is a reviewer for of numerous journals, and serves on the editorial board for three journals. Dr. Gilbert has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles & has made numerous conference presentations in fields of study complementing his interests.