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Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute, Oregon Health & Science University, FL, USA
Dr Louis J Picker is currently the Associate Director of the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute, a Senior Scientist in the Pathobiology and Immunology Division of the Oregon National Primate Research Center and a Professor in the Oregon Health & Science University’s Departments of Pathology and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. Dr Picker was recruited to OHSU in 2000 from the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas where he served as a Principal Investigator, Medical Director of the Flow Cytometry and Clinical Immunology Laboratory and Co-Director of the Division of Hematopathology and Immunology. He received his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco in 1982, did an internship, residency and chief residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts from 1982-86 and received advanced training in Immunopathology and Experimental Pathology at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, California from 1986-89. Dr Picker is known for his work elucidating human/nonhuman primate (NHP) memory T cell biology, T cell mediated mechanisms of protection against persistent pathogens, the immunopathogenesis of AIDS and tuberculosis and HIV and TB vaccine development.
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy
Giovanni Delogu, PhD, is Associate Professor of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (Roma, Italy) – and Head of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the Mater Olbia Hospital (Olbia, Italy). The main scientific interests involve research on tuberculosis (TB) and mycobacterial infections from different perspectives including: pathogenesis and host-pathogen interaction of TB using in vitro and in vivo models; development and evaluation of new antimicrobials and host-directed therapies against TB and other bacterial pathogens; microbiological and immunological diagnosis of TB; WGS and molecular epidemiology of TB; surveillance of antimicrobial resistance. Research in this field has been funded in the last ten years by the EU (FP6 & 7), Italian Minister of Health, Italian Minister of University and Scientific Research. The expertise gained in the TB field over 25 years have also been transferred to other fields of microbiology and infectious diseases, with a special focus on molecular microbiology, development and evaluation of new diagnostic systems.
Christoph D. Spinner
Technical University of Munich, School of Medicine & University Hospital rechts der Isar, Munich, Germany
Christoph D. Spinner is a Consultant Physician and Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) at University hospital rechts der Isar. He attended Medical School at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany with an internship at Zurich University Hospital, Switzerland, as well as Groote-Schuur-Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa. Currently he is in lead of the Infectious Diseases Unit at University Hospital rechts der Isar, Munich, Germany and is caring for in- and out-patients at the department. Hereby the full spectrum of HIV and all infectious diseases cases is reflected and service including PrEP and general STI services is available for patients. Moreover, within his responsibility as CMIO he is involved in strategic planning and organizational translation of all IT-supported medical processes of the hospital.
During Covid-19 pandemic, he became involved in SARS-CoV-2 management including pandemic management in the severely hit area of Munich in Southern Germany. He is coordinating and has been involved in SARS-CoV-2 therapy and prevention trials.
Christoph’s research focuses on diagnostic and treatment aspects, such as novel treatment strategies of infectious diseases, including prevention of HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STI) in general, Covid-19, as well as digitalization in health care.
Gonasagrie (Lulu) Nair
University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Dr Gonasagrie (Lulu) Nair is a senior lecturer in the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law at University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. In this role her current focus is on ethical issues related to the COVID – 19 pandemic including the impact of the pandemic on clinical trial implementation. She is a medical doctor by training and spent her early clinical career in the management of HIV and TB in the public health sector in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, the epicentre of the HIV epidemic in South Africa. Dr Nair has over 19 years of clinical trial implementation experience in the field of HIV and TB treatment and prevention, and her experience with HIV prevention spans oral, topical and injectable strategies. She is currently the protocol chair of a multinational HIV prevention trial of adolescent girls and young women in sub–Saharan Africa.
Dr Nair has been a committee member of 2 biomedical research ethics committees in South Africa and is currently part of the clinical ethics committee of a large teaching hospital. She has an interest in the ethical issues related to provision of adolescent health care in developing countries including contraceptive and STI treatment and prevention. She has a masters degree in public health from the University of KwaZulu Natal and a post graduate diploma in research ethics from the University of Stellenbosch.
NIHR Health Protection Research Unit for Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, UK
Esmita is the Research Lead for Practice, Design and Engineering at the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit for Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance within the faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London. She an honorary Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town and a visiting Researcher at Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen Norway, and adjunct faculty at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kerala India, where she is involved in helping implement and investigate national antibiotic stewardship programmes. Her work in AMR has been recognised through the Academy of Medical Sciences UK-India AMR Visiting Professor award. She is an expert advisor to the Commonwealth Pharmacy Association and a Global Health Fellow with the Office of Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, England. She is involved in mentoring and supporting clinical pharmacists across different healthcare settings and economies in implementing antimicrobial stewardship interventions. Her doctoral thesis investigated antimicrobial stewardship across India, Norway, France, Burkina Faso and England.
After completing her post-graduate training in Cambridge University Hospitals and ten years of experience as a clinical pharmacist in hospitals, Esmita began her research career. She is an investigator in a NIHR Invention for Innovation award investigating the development and use of a point of care personalised clinical decision support tool for antimicrobial prescribing. In her academic career the focus of her research has been behaviour change interventions in the field of antimicrobial stewardship and the application of social science research methods to develop contextually relevant solutions. She is co-investigator on the ESRC award (2017-2021): Optimising antibiotic use along surgical pathways: addressing antimicrobial resistance and improving clinical outcomes (in England, Scotland, Rwanda, India & South Africa). Esmita completed her Masters (MPharm Hons) in Pharmacy at University College London, her MSc in Infectious Diseases at LSHTM and her PhD from Imperial College London.
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