About the Forum

  • Welcome note
  • Theme
  • Awards
  • Programme Committee
  • Organising Committee

Forum Co-Chairs

Dr Gabrielle Breugelmans & Dr Thomas Nyirenda Forum Co-Chairs

Dear Colleagues, Sponsors and Friends,

Welcome to the Eighth EDCTP Forum!

On behalf of the Organising and Programme Committees, it is with great pleasure that we invite you to take part in the Eighth EDCTP Forum, from 6-9 November 2016 in Lusaka, Zambia.

The biennial EDCTP Forum is one of the most prominent conferences on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other neglected infectious diseases prevalent in Africa and is expected to gather some 600 delegates. Since its first occasion, 12 years ago in Rome, Italy, the EDCTP Forum has become an opportunity for dialogue and the exchange of great ideas between scientists, policy makers, funders, donors and global health advocates in the field of clinical development of effective and accessible interventions against these poverty-related diseases.

The 2016 Forum comes at an exciting time when EDCTP has concluded its first programme (EDCTP1) and has started its second programme (EDCTP2). To date, the organisation has funded nearly 250 projects including 100 clinical trials and diagnostic studies, which were conducted in 30 different sub-Saharan African countries in collaboration with 14 European states and other partners. Many of these projects broke new ground and contributed to new national and international guidelines, registration of new medical products or regimens, and health research capacity development and networks. EDCTP2 is expected to build and expand on these achievements but also to sustain the capacity built in EDCTP1, ensure that the use of research findings is maximised and that public investments in research on poverty related diseases are wisely spent. The Eighth EDCTP Forum provides an opportunity to share experiences and further discuss how to effectively go about “Defeating poverty-related and neglected diseases in Africa: harnessing research for evidence-informed policies”, the theme of this year’s Forum.

The Eighth Forum is organised by EDCTP in partnership with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Zambia. Since 2014, the Republic of Zambia is a member of the EDCTP-Association and a Participating State in the EDCTP2 programme. We are very pleased its Ministry of Health has agreed to co-host the Forum in Lusaka, the geographic, commercial and metaphorical heart of the country.

We look forward to seeing you in Lusaka for a truly rewarding and exciting meeting.

Sincerely,

Dr Gabrielle Breugelmans Co-Chairperson EDCTP North-North Networking Manager Dr Thomas Nyirenda Co-Chairperson EDCTP South-South Networking & Capacity Development Manager

Defeating poverty-related and neglected diseases in Africa: harnessing research for evidence informed policies.

The EDCTP Forum is a biennial event that provides an international platform for the presentation and discussion of frontier research to address the burden of neglected, infectious, poverty-related diseases (PRDs)*, as well as capacity development and networking activities to support these goals.

The EDCTP Forum has developed into one of the major conferences on PRDs in Africa attracting a diverse audience, including representatives from research institutions and universities, the larger scientific community, health care providers, governments, regional bodies, regulators, civil society and public and private research and development partners.

The Eighth EDCTP Forum will be held from 6-9 November in Lusaka, Zambia. The Forum is co-hosted by the Zambian Ministry of Health and will take place at the Government Complex conference centre. The multidisciplinary nature of the conference will gather more than 500 representatives from different regions and research fields, providing an excellent opportunity for networking and to highlight and promote key activities of your institution, organisation or company to a targeted audience while contributing to EDCTP’s mission and conference goals.

*In the EDCTP2 programme, “poverty-related diseases (PRDs)” include HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and the following neglected infectious diseases (NIDs): dengue/severe dengue; rabies; human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness); Leishmaniases; cysticercosis/taeniasis; dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease); echinococcosise; foodborne trematodiases; lymphatic filariasis; onchocerciasis (river blindness); schistosomiasis; soil-transmitted helminthiases; Buruli ulcer; leprosy (Hansen disease); trachoma; yaws; diarrhoeal infections; lower respiratory infections; as well as emerging infectious diseases of particular relevance for Africa, such as Ebola.

Awards

At the Eighth Forum, EDCTP will award four international prizes dedicated to the promotion of scientific research, improved health and Africa-European collaboration. These awards are presented to outstanding individuals and research teams especially from Africa and Europe.

EDCTP will give the following four awards at the Eighth Forum:

  • The Scientific Leadership Award is given to excellent world-class scientists working and residing in Africa up to 50 years of age. The prize (€10,000) should be used to further the research programme of the winner and may support activities such as supporting study visits and training attachments to collaborating institutions, data collection for baseline studies, conference and meeting attendance, and other relevant research-related activities.
  • The Outstanding Female Scientist Award is given to excellent world-class female scientists working and residing in sub-Saharan Africa in the scope of EDCTP2. The prize (€20,000) should be used to further the research programmes of the winners and may support activities towards training and mentorship of the future generation of researchers in Africa.
  • The Outstanding Research Team Award is given to outstanding research teams in Africa and Europe working on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected infectious diseases (NIDs) in the scope of EDCTP2. The prize (€50,000) should be used to further the research programmes of the winners and may support activities such as supporting study visits and training attachments to collaborating institutions, data collection for baseline studies, conference and meeting attendance, and other relevant research-related activities. The objective of this award is to encourage scientific/research excellence, translation of research into policy and practice, sustainable capacity development coupled with skills and technology transfer.
  • The Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Prize  aims to reward an individual for outstanding achievements in advancing health research and capacity development in Africa with a significant impact on the well-being of the African population. It is named after Pascoal Mocumbi, former Prime Minister of Mozambique and EDCTP’s first High Representative,  in recognition of his outstanding contribution to fostering global partnerships in health research and his support for capacity strengthening in Africa.The prize (€50,000) will not only allow rewarding of specific achievements but will also raise awareness with the general public on the prize winner, their specific achievements, and the EDCTP2 programme. For this prize, see also the EDCTP website.
Rules of the contest
  • Rules All awards are subject to the Model Rules of Contest under the EDCTP2 work plan (2015-2016).
  • Organisation The EDCTP will directly launch and manage the contest and award the prizes based on the judgement of independent experts and the board members of the EDCTP Association.
  • Eligibility All contestants must be a resident of a sub-Saharan African country, an EU Member State, or a country associated to the Horizon 2020 programme. The candidates will have to provide proof of eligibility and a written presentation of their achievements, which will be presented to an awards Panel for evaluation.
  • Award criteria All eligible applications will be evaluated by an awards panel. The prizes will be awarded, after closure of the contest, to the contestant(s) who, in the opinion of the panel, best addresses the following criteria in their award category:
    • Scientific Leadership Award: in addition to their achievements in the field and scientific excellence, the contestants should have made major contributions to the objectives of the EDCTP2 programme to strengthen research capacity in sub-Saharan Africa and to support South-South and North-South networking. This award has an age restriction of 50 years.
    • Outstanding Female Scientist Award: the contestant must have been involved in research and innovation activities in sub-Saharan Africa within the scope of the EDCTP2 programme. Contestants should have made a significant scientific contribution and built measurable impactful research capacity through training and mentorship for the future generation of researchers/scientists in Africa. This award is restricted to female scientists and has no age restriction.
    • Outstanding Research Team: this award recognises a consortium or group of partners who have achieved the goal of taking on EDCTP priority issues in poverty related diseases (PRDs). In collaboration, they have built effective and equitable South-North partnerships to answer the priority research questions, achieving high impact health-policy relevant deliverables, such as research data implemented into policy and practice, high impact publications and significant capacity and training outputs achieved in parallel with the local researchers in the settings where the research is actually conducted. Contestants should be actively involved in research, capacity development and networking in sub-Saharan Africa and Europe with outstanding achievements and scientific and policy impact in their respective fields.
    • Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Award: achievements in promoting Africa-Europe partnerships in global health research, unique contribution to promoting and facilitating the clinical development of products for poverty-related diseases, achievements in advancing capacity development for health research in sub-Saharan Africa and achievements in promoting international networking of researchers, policy makers, funders and donors on poverty-related diseases (PRDs).
  • Applications Applications must be submitted by the contestant (natural person) via the web-based submission forms available on EDCTPgrants. Applications for the Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Award is closed; applications for the Scientific Leadership Award, Outstanding Female Scientist Award and Outstanding Research Team Award will open in June 2016. Applications must clearly state the involvement of the contestants in the research and innovation activities within the remit of the EDCTP2 programme.

Programme Committee Chairs

Prof. Moses Bockarie Director of South-South Cooperation and Head of Africa Office

Professor Moses John Bockarie joined EDCTP as Director of South-South Cooperation and Head of Africa Office on 1 July 2016. Prof. Bockarie, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, is a specialist in the field of neglected infectious diseases and an internationally experienced researcher. He has worked in many countries in Africa, Europe and the Pacific region, and in the United States of America. He is the 2016 recipient of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Mackay Medal for outstanding work in tropical health. Professor Bockarie is also Chair of the WHO/TDR Scientific Working Group for Vectors, Environment and Society and a member of the WHO Regional Programme Review Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases in the African Region. Before joining EDCTP as a Director, Moses Bockarie was a member of the independent EDCTP Scientific Advisory Board. He was Director of the Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases and Professor of Tropical Health Sciences at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), United Kingdom from 2008 to 2015. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of Sierra Leone and a Masters and PhD in tropical health sciences from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Prof. Bockarie worked on various research programmes on malaria and other neglected diseases in Sierra Leone, before taking up an appointment at the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research, becoming Principal Research Fellow in Medical Entomology and Head of the Vector Borne Disease Unit in 1996. In 2005 he joined the Centre for Global Health and Diseases, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio, USA as Visiting Professor, where he continued his research on neglected diseases until his appointment in Liverpool in 2008.

Prof. Marie-Louise Newell University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Professor Marie-Louise Newell is Professor of Global Health at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom since October 2013. She is also Professor of Health and Population Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal and honorary Professor of Public Health of the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. She trained in medicine at the University of Groningen (1980) and has a Masters and PhD in medical demography from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (1981) and University of London (1991). She led a large European cohort study on HIV infected mothers and their children from 1987 until 2005, from University College London Institute of Child Health. From 2005-2013, she was Director of the Africa Centre, University of KwaZulu-Natal where she led a research programme that focussed on the impact of HIV and antiretroviral treatment on the rural population; the Centre is based in a rural setting with very high HIV prevalence. The Centre employed around 400 people, and in addition to the Centre’s surveillance progamme, also established a data collection system on more than 55,000 HIV-infected people accessing the district HIV treatment programme. Professor Newell’s research interests include mother-to-child transmission of HIV; epidemiology; HIV prevention; pregnancy; evaluation; HIV treatment programmes. Professor Newell has served in numerous international scientific and policy advisory roles.

Dr Pauline Beattie EDCTP Pauline Beattie

Dr Pauline Beattie joined the management team of the organisation in August 2011, where she heads the Calls & Grants department. Dr Beattie has a Masters and DPhil in Parasitology, with a focus on malaria research. Prior to joining EDCTP, she was a Science Portfolio Manager at the Wellcome Trust where she gained extensive experience in grants management. At EDCTP, she is responsible for the management and oversight of the grant application process, from the development of calls for proposals, management of peer review, through to post-award evaluation.

Programme Committee Members
Scientific Advisory Committee Members
Prof. Tumani Corrah (Chairperson) Medical Research Council, The Gambia

Professor Tumani Corrah is the founding Director of the newly created position of MRC Director, Africa Research Development.  Professor Corrah has over thirty years of progressively senior-level experience in a leading research institution in Africa – MRC Unit in The Gambia – rising to the position of Unit Director, a position he held successfully for over 10 years.  As Director of the MRC Unit, The Gambia, he oversaw the science portfolio of the Unit which is organised into three themes: Child Survival, Vaccinology and Disease Control & Elimination. Professor Corrah retains active research interests in tropical and infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, HIV and malaria. He is medically qualified and holds a PhD from his studies on tuberculosis, which included the ground breaking science of the introduction of immunotherapy as an adjunct for the treatment of tuberculosis in The Gambia. An expert on research governance, he is a long-standing member of the Gambia Government/MRC Ethics Committee, including four years as Chair. He has strong links with governmental and non-governmental organisations in Africa and throughout the world. He is an expert in capacity building, having established a number of productive, mutually beneficial ‘North-South’ collaborations. He has served on numerous scientific review and advisory boards, including the EDCTP Partnership Board, and acts as Director of the International Office of the West African College of Physicians, where he is responsible for establishing partnerships.

Dr Salim Abdulla Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania

Dr Salim Abdulla is the Chief Executive Director of Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), Tanzania since 2008. He qualified as a medical doctor from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1990, obtained a Master’s in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (1995) and was awarded a PhD from the Swiss Tropical Institute (2000). Dr Abdulla has worked on the large scale evaluation of insecticide-treated bednets and artemisinin-based combination therapy for national malaria policy formulation. He is currently involved in the evaluation of new malaria vaccines and treatments for regulatory approval and has 15 years of experience in the conduct of phase I to phase IV clinical trials in Africa, mainly focused on malaria. In addition to his outstanding research track record, Dr Abdulla is a technical advisor to the Tanzanian government’s national malaria control programme; and a member of the malaria policy advisory committee of the World Health Organisation (WHO). He has served on numerous scientific review and advisory panels, including the EDCTP Partnership Board. He is a recipient of the centenary medal of the UK Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene for contributions to malaria research and represented IHI to receive the Prince of Asturias award for contribution to international cooperation in health research.

Prof Eleni Aklillu (vice-Chair) Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Prof Eleni Aklillu is Full Professor of Pharmacogenomics, previously Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden since 2009. She has a Bachelor degree in Pharmacy (1987) from Addis Ababa University and worked as a hospital pharmacist at Tikur Anbessa University Hospital, Ethiopia from 1987-1992. She obtained a Master’s degree in biochemistry (1997) through a joint venture between Karolinska Institute and Addis Ababa University. Following posts as Head of Department of Biochemistry, Jimma Medical University and Head of R&D at Ethiopian Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing (EPHARM), she received her PhD degree in molecular genetics (2003) from the Karolinska Institute. She took a postdoctoral position at the Karolinska Institute in 2003 and served as head of the research laboratory (2004 -2010) at the division of clinical pharmacology, where she has risen through the ranks to Associate Professor and Senior Research Scientist. Prof Aklillu’s research interests focus on pharmacology and treatment of HIV, TB and malaria, as well as on hospital-acquired infection plus antimicrobial use and resistance.

Dr Maryline Bonnet Institute of Research for Development, France

Dr Maryline Bonnet is Research Director at the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) in Montpellier, France since December 2013. Following her medical degree (1992) and a Master’s degree in Physiology and Parasitology (1993) at the University of Grenoble, she worked for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) from 1994-2003. During this time, she was based in various countries, including Benin, Vietnam and the former Russian states, where she managed MSF tuberculosis programmes. From 2003 she worked at Epicentre, Geneva as an epidemiologist and completed a doctorate in public health at the Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris in 2009. She took up her post as Research Director at IRD in December 2013. Dr Bonnet is a clinical epidemiologist with considerable experience in the clinical management of tuberculosis and the management and evaluation of tuberculosis control programmes. Moreover, she has served on several review and advisory boards of the ANRS and WHO.

Prof. Simon Croft London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom

Professor Simon Croft is Professor of Parasitology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK since 2003. Following a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of Durham (1971) and a PhD on leishmaniasis form the University of Liverpool (1978), Professor Croft has worked as a researcher in parasitology in Liverpool, Salford and London. In addition, he has worked as Senior Scientist at the Wellcome Research Laboratories (1984-1987) and as the first R&D Director at the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) from 2004-2007. He is an esteemed research scientist with a broad background in drug discovery, pre-clinical and clinical development for parasitic diseases and considerable experience gained from appointments in academia, the private sector and public-private partnerships. His multi-disciplinary, international programme of research comprises a network of collaborators, including chemists, structural biologists, biochemists and pharmacists, who work in international organisations, the pharmaceutical industry, public-private partnerships and institutes in Africa, Asia and South America. His research has led to the identification of miltefosine for the treatment of both visceral and cutaneous leishmaniasis, the use of AmBisome for visceral leishmaniasis, and clinical trials of an ointment for cutaneous leishmaniasis.

Prof. Knut Fylkesnes University of Bergen, Norway

Professor Knut Fylkesnes is Professor of International Health and Acting Director of the Centre for International Health, University of Bergen, Norway since 2002. He qualified as a dentist from University of Bergen (1972), and then proceeded to a Master’s degree from the University of Oslo (1978) and a PhD in health services research from the University of Tromsø (1991). He has extensive experience covering a broad range of disciplines including HIV epidemiology, intervention research, cluster randomised trials, health systems research, monitoring and evaluation, mixed methods, as well as equity in health and access to services. He has international research experience gained from long-term academic partnerships with universities in Africa and Asia, and a track record in developing scientific leadership, research, institutional capacity strengthening through international collaboration.

Prof. Stefan Kaufmann Max Planck Institute for infection Biology, Germany

Professor Stefan Kaufmann is founding and current managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, where he chairs the Department of Immunology. He graduated in Biology from the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz (1973), where he undertook his PhD in 1977. Professor Kaufmann is recognised as a world leading researcher in the field of TB immunology, with more than 700 publications in leading journals and an H index of 86. He has received multiple awards and prizes for his research and has served in numerous scientific and policy advisory roles, including to the German Ministry of science and technology, WHO, the European Union, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Prof. Maria Fraga Oliveira Martins Institute for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, New University of Lisbon, Portugal

Professor Maria Fraga Oliveira Martins is Professor of Biostatistics at the New University of Lisbon (UNL), Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Portugal. She also holds the positions of member of the General Council of the UNL and member of the Ethics Committee for Clinical Research (CEIC), Ministry of Health of Portugal. She took a Bachelors degree in Economics at UNL (1986), and has a Masters and PhD in Econometrics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (1994, 1999). Her research interests include biostatistics, health economics, econometrics, ethics, statistical modelling of tropical diseases. She has a particular focus on research capacity strengthening and training in Portuguese-speaking African countries.

Prof. Clara Menéndez Santos Barcelona Centre for International Health Research (ISGlobal), Spain

Professor Clara Menéndez Santos is a Research Professor at the ISGlobal/Hospital Clinic-University of Barcelona since 2007; since 2012 she is Director of the Maternal, Child and Reproductive Health Initiative (SAMIR) at ISGlobal. She trained in medicine at the Autonomous University of Madrid (1983) and has a PhD from the University of Barcelona (1999). Her research interests include malaria in pregnancy, maternal and child health, antimalarial drugs, clinical trials, epidemiology and pharmacovigilance. She has a track record of over 25 years of research in maternal and child health, focused on developing countries with a special interest in infectious diseases. She leads several large-scale, international, multi-disciplinary research consortia in Africa, Asia and Latin America, which incorporate capacity building and scientific leadership development initiatives. She has an extensive research track record and has served in numerous international scientific advisory roles.

Prof. Gita Ramjee Medical Research Council, South Africa

Professor Gita Ramjee is Director of the HIV Prevention Research Unit at the Medical Research Council of South Africa since 2001. She has a Bachelors degree in Chemistry and Physiology from Sunderland, United Kingdom (1980) and Master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa (1980, 1994). Since 1994 she has been working in the field of HIV in South Africa, where she has risen through the ranks to her current post as Unit Director. Her research expertise include HIV epidemiology, prevention, phase I-III clinical trials in Africa, as well as social and behavioural community-based interventions. She has extensive experience in management and leadership, capacity building and research governance.  She was recently awarded a lifetime achievement award for her contribution to HIV prevention research.

Prof. Philippe Sansonetti Pasteur Institute, France

Professor Philippe Sansonetti is professor and head of the Unité de Pathogénie Microbienne Moléculaire at the Pasteur Institute of Paris and chair of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the Collège de France. Professor Sansonetti qualified in medicine from the University of Paris in 1979. Following clinical work in France, he established his research career in cellular microbiology and the pathogenesis of enteric infections, particularly Shigella. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards for his research, including the Louis Jeantet Prize and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholar. Professor Sansonetti was a member and chair of the WHO Steering Committee for Enteric Vaccine Development and has chaired several technical advisory boards in France.

Mr Jean Marie Talom Network on Ethics, Law and AIDS (REDS), Cameroon

Mr Jean Marie Talom is a lawyer and the coordinator of the civil society organisation Network on Ethics, Law and AIDS (Réseau sur l’Ethique, le Droit et le Sida; REDS) in Cameroon, where he has been working for the past 13 years. REDS’ main activities are provision of legal support and counselling; capacity building for non-governmental organisations; emergency support for people living with HIV; raising awareness; education; advocacy. Mr Talom specialises in human rights and ethical issues in relation to medical research and access to medicine.

Prof. Ali Zumla (vice-Chair) University College London, United Kingdom

Professor Ali Zumla is Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health at University College London and Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases at University College Hospital, United Kingdom. He qualified with honours in medicine in 1979 from the University of Zambia, School of Medicine. He subsequently completed specialty training in infectious diseases, tropical medicine and clinical immunology in the United Kingdom and United States, which included Master’s and PhD degrees from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (1981, 1987). Professor Zumla is globally renowned for his leadership of health policy relevant research and for his outstanding and extensive output in infectious diseases, tropical medicine, with a focus on TB, HIV and respiratory diseases. He is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes for his research and advocacy in the field of TB, including the Order of the Grand Commander of Distinguished Services Award First Division awarded to him by the President of Zambia on Zambia’s independence day, October 24th 2012.

EDCTP Members

Dr Gabrielle Breugelmans North-North Networking Manager

Dr Thomas Nyirenda South-South Networking and Capacity Development Manager *

Dr Montserrat Blázquez-Domingo Senior Project Officer

Dr Christy Comeaux Project Officer

Nuraan Fakier Project Officer *

Jean Marie Vianney Habarugira Project Officer

Dr Michelle Helinski Project Officer

Shingai Machingaidze Project Officer*

Michelle Nderu Project Officer *

Dr Monique Rijks-Surette Senior Project Officer

Dr Michelle Singh Project Officer*

*Based in Cape Town

Organising Committee Chairs

Dr Gabrielle Breugelmans North-North Networking Manager

Dr Gabrielle Breugelmans joined EDCTP in August 2012 as North-North Networking Manager. Dr Breugelmans is a senior epidemiologist specialised in infectious diseases with over ten years of experience in public health, programme management and research. She obtained a Master’s in Public Health and a PhD in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (United States of America). She holds a Master in Health Sciences from the University of Maastricht (the Netherlands) and is a graduate of the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET). Before joining EDCTP, Dr Breugelmans led the vector borne disease and pharmaco-epidemiology programme at the Agence de Médecine Préventive in Paris, France for five years. She also worked for a pharmaceutical company specialised in vaccinology for several years.

Dr Thomas Nyirenda South-South Networking and Capacity Development Manager *

Dr Thomas Nyirenda is a physician with experience in planning and implementing community disease control programs, operational research and clinical trials in Africa. He worked with the Ministry of Health in Malawi from 1993 to 2000 where he gained experience in administration of district, national health delivery systems and in health research. From 2000 to 2004 he worked for the World Health Organisation as a national and international technical advisor in control and research of TB and TB/HIV co-infection in Africa. He has published and contributed to a number of publications in this field including malaria. He joined EDCTP in 2004.

Organising Committee Members

Dr Pauline Beattie Operations Manager

Dr Montserrat Blázquez-Domingo Senior Project Officer

Chris Bruinings Finance Officer

Ana Lúcia Cardoso North-North Networking Officer

Suzanne Hoogervorst Travel and Events Officer

Gert Onne van de Klashorst Communications Officer

Mariska Louw Senior Administrative Officer*

Lucien de Corte Information Technology Officer

Lara Pandya North-North Networking Officer

Daniela Pereira Communications Officer

Jennifer Stamatelos Administrative Officer

Erica Bass Communications Officer

*Based in Cape Town