Speakers and Chairs
Keynote speakers and chairs that already confirmed to participate in IOHC 2015 are listed below, this list is incomplete and will be filled over the coming weeks. All confirmed speakers can be found in the program schedule.
Professor of Biology
University of Luxembourg, LuxembourgProfessor of Biology, Rudi Balling is Director of the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB).
Chairperson of the Graduate School
University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Germany
Professor Dr Wofgang Baumgärtner is currently chairperson of the Graduate School of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover (TiHo) in Germany.
The Institute of Diagnostic Virology of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Greifswald-Insel Riems, Germany
Professor Dr Med. Vet. Martin Beer, is the head of virus diagnostics at theFriedrich Loeffler Institute, the German federal animal health research center.
Centre Suisse de Recherchse Scientifiques, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Bassirou Bonfoh holds a DVM and a PhD in biology. He worked 5 years in West Africa as livestock development program coordinator for Vétérinaires Sans Frontières. He went for a 4 years epidemiology postdoctoral fellowship at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) and Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) on health risks and determinants of dairy sector development.
US Agency for International Development, USA
Dr Dennis Carroll currently serves as the Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Pandemic Influenza and
other Emerging Threats Unit.
Distinguished University Professor
University of Maryland, College Park, MD USA
Dr. Rita Colwell is Distinguished University Professor both at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Senior Advisor and Chairman Emeritus, Canon US Life Sciences, Inc., and President and Chairman of CosmosID, Inc.
Professor of Life Sciences
Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Since May 2011 Roel Coutinho is part-time Professor in the Epidemiology and Prevention of infectious diseases especially in the human-veterinary domain at the University of Utrecht.
Andrew P. Dobson
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
Parasitic worms, bacteria and viruses are a constant feature of the daily lives of most ‘healthy’ populations of animal and plant species. My research is concerned with the ecology of infectious diseases and the conservation of endangered and threatened species.
Univeristy of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Peter Doherty has been involved in research on infection and immunity for 50 years. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1996 with Swiss colleague Rolf Zinkernagel, for their discoveries concerning the specificity of the cell-mediated immune defence.
Universitats Klinikum Bonn – Institut fur Virologie, Bonn, Germany
Our research is dedicated to the ecology of viruses in their host- and dead end host contexts. We look for novel viruses in humans and animals and try to obtain estimates on their clinical relevance. We are interested in mechanisms of virus maintenance in reservoir hosts and in functional correlates of species barriers. We focus on Coronavirus models.
Associate Vice President of Conservation Medicine
EcoHealth Alliance, New York, NY, USA
Dr. Jonathan Epstein is a veterinary epidemiologist and Associate Vice President of Conservation Medicine at EcoHealth Alliance, an NGO based in New York. His research activities are focused on understanding the ecology of emerging zoonotic viruses such as Nipah virus, Ebola virus, SARS Coronavirus and most recently the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus.
Professor of Molecular Virology
Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Ron Fouchier is professor in Molecular Virology at the Department of Viroscience at Erasmus MC Rotterdam. Currently, his research is focused on the evolution and molecular biology of respiratory viruses in humans and animals, with special emphasis on antigenic drift and influenza virus zoonoses and pandemics.
Director in CAS Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Professor George F. Gao obtained his Ph.D (DPhil) degree from Oxford University, UK and did his postdoc work in both Oxford University and Harvard University (with a brief stay in Calgary University). He is now the academician, professor and director in CAS Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
University Hospital Antwerp, Edegem, Belgium
Herman Goossens is the director of the Laboratory of Clinical Pathology of the University Hospital Antwerp since 1998. He was also a professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands between 2000 and 2008.
The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, CA, USA
Frances Gulland is a veterinarian at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California. She has been actively involved in the veterinary care and rehabilitation of stranded marine mammals and research into marine mammal diseases there since 1994.
David L. Heymann
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
Professor David L. Heymann is currently Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, London; and Chairman of Public Health England, UK.
Edward C. Holmes
School of Biological Sciences and Sydney Medical School, Sydney, Australia
Edward C. Holmes is an NHMRC Australia Fellow and a Professor in the School of Biological Sciences and Sydney Medical School, joining the University of Sydney in October 2012.
Willaman Professor of Biology, Director of Huck Institutes of Life Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University, Port Mathilda, PA, USA
I focus on the ecology of wildlife diseases, including zoonoses. My group uses a mixture of fieldwork, laboratory studies, and mathematical modeling to explore disease dynamics in three main study areas.
Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
Professor Martyn Jeggo works at a part time basis as the Director of the Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, a One Health consortium based in Victoria, Australia bringing together the infectious disease research undertaken at AAHL, the Deakin Medical School and Barwon Health.
Vice President for Health and Policy
EcoHealth Alliance, New York, NY, USA
Dr William Karesh is the Executive Vice President for Health and Policy for EcoHealth Alliance. He is also the President of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Working Group on Wildlife Diseases.
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Paul Kellam is the Viral Genomics group leader and Senior Investigator at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and a Professor of Viral Pathogenesis at UCL. Paul’s career has spanned the pharmaceutical company and academic research.
Head of the department of Viroscience
Erasmus MC Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Marion Koopmans’ research interests focus enteric viruses, food-borne infections, emerging disease preparedness, and infections at the human-animal interface, with a particular focus on unravelling mechanisms underlying possible emergence of new health threats and optimizing the early detection and response.
James O. Lloyd-Smith
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UCLA, CA, USA
Dr. Lloyd-Smith is Associate Professor at the Deptartment of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His interest lies in ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, focusing on zoonotic and emerging pathogens, effects of heterogeneity in host populations, and integrating dynamics across scales.
Henk van Loveren
Senior Scientific Advisor
Centre of Health Protection, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
Henk van Loveren is at the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment in Bilthoven, the Netherlands, where he has run the Immunotoxicology program and is now Senior Scientific Advisor to the Centre of Health Protection. In addition, he is also Professor of Immunotoxicology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
Research Associate and Professor of Tropical Infectious Diseases
Curtin University, Malvern, Australia
John Mackenzie is a part-time Research Associate and Professor of Tropical Infectious Diseases at Curtin University, Western Australia. He is currently an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, and Honorary Senior Principal Fellow at the Burnet Institute, Melbourne.
Dik J. Mevius
Central Veterinary Institute, Lelystad, The Netherlands
Professor Dik Johan Mevius, DVM, PhD, veterinary microbiologist is an expert in the field of molecular epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance. At the Central Veterinary Institute in Lelystad, he is responsible for the Dutch national reference laboratory on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in animals.
Stephen E. Mshana
Associate Professor of Microbiology
SACIDS/Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences, Mwanza, Tanzania
Currently serving as external examiner in Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Saint Francis University College of Health and Allied Sciences and Makerere University. From 2009-to date, Professor Mhsana has published 61 articles in peer reviewed journals with h-index of 11 based on the Google scholar citation index.
Professor of Wildlife Virology and Virus Discovery
Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
As former head of the Department of Viroscience at Erasmus MC Rotterdam, and professor of Wildlife Virology and Virus Discovery at Utrecht University, Ab Osterhaus has a long track record as scientific researcher and PI of numerous major scientific projects.
Richard S. Ostfeld
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY, USA
Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld
is Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, a not-for-profit research institution in Millbrook, New York (USA), dedicated to providing the science behind environmental solutions.
Director of the School of Public Health
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Professor Malik Peiris is currently Chair in Virology, Director of the School of Public Health and co-Director of the H5 WHO reference laboratory at The University of Hong Kong. His current research presently focuses on the virology, ecology, pathogenesis and epidemiology of animal and human influenza and other respiratory viral infections.
Vice president of Executive Board
Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Prof. Dr Anton Pijpers is Vice president of the Utrecht University Executive Board, before that he has been Dean of Utrecht University’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Professor of Animal Health.
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, Vancouver, Canada
Peter S. Ross is the founding Director of the Ocean Pollution Research Program of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre. He is an international expert in the area of ocean pollution, having published over 130 scientific articles and book chapters.
Professor of Animal Health Economics
Royal Veterinary College, University of London, London, United Kingdom
Jonathan Rushton is an agricultural economist who specialises in the economics of animal health and livestock production and food systems – interests that grew from living and working on the family dairy farm.
Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania
Mark Rweyemamu is the Executive Director of the Southern African Centre for Infectious Diseases and Surveillance (SACIDS), at the Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania and a Visiting Professor at both the RVC, London and Sokoine University in Tanzania. His area of interest is on infectious diseases through a One Health approach.
Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore
Professor Linfa Wang is the director of the Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases at Duke-NUS, Singapore and an OCE Science Leader at the CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL).
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland
Academic career in epidemiology, communicable diseases, zoonoses and health systems. Developing systems dynamic approaches for the control and elimination of zoonoses and health care provision to mobile pastoralist populations in Africa and Asia.