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Dr Catharina Boehme leads FIND, an international non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland that supports the development and delivery of much-needed diagnostic tests for diseases of poverty, including tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis C, HIV and neglected tropical diseases. Since its creation in 2003, FIND has supported the delivery of 11 new tests and created an enabling environment for countless more through its specimen banks, reagent development and better market visibility. FIND’s achievements have helped increase the global prioritization of diagnostics and in many cases revolutionized the diagnostics landscape. Dr Boehme has her M.D. in Internal Medicine from Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, and diplomas in Public Health and in Management & Leadership. Prior to joining FIND in 2005, Dr Boehme worked as programme coordinator for the Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases in Munich and established a TB research unit at Mbeya Medical Research Program in Tanzania.

Work Location

  • Switzerland

Organization

  • FIND
Jane Carter

Jane Carter

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Jane Carter is a medical doctor specialised in Internal Medicine and Haematology. She trained at London University, UK, and Toronto University, Canada. She joined Amref Health Africa in 1985 to establish the Laboratory Programme and is currently technical director of the Clinical and Diagnostics Programme, which works to strengthen health facility-based services targeting peripheral and hard to reach areas.She has extensive experience in the utilisation of peripheral laboratory services for optimum clinicalusefulness and is involved in developing appropriate strategies for improving clinical and laboratory diagnostic practices. She has participated in national laboratory policy development for a number of countries in Africa and Asia, and in setting international quality standards for malaria diagnosis. She is leading the implementation of the East African Regional External Quality Assessment Scheme in collaboration with the Ministries of Health which targets primary level laboratory testing using an integrated approach. She is a member of the World Health Organization Expert Advisory Panel on Health Laboratory Services and serves on the Board of the African Society for Laboratory Medicine. She has published a number of papers relating to laboratory development and malaria diagnosis in resource limited countries, together with educational books and manuals.

Work Location

  • Kenya

Organization

  • Amref Health Africa
Nicholas Day

Nicholas Day

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Nick joined the University of Oxford in 1991 as the director of the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Unit (now OUCRU) in Vietnam, where for 5 years he conducted clinical studies on malaria, tetanus, diphtheria, dengue and typhoid. On return to the UK he studied staphylococcal disease as a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow (1997 to 2002), and was Deputy Director of the Centre for Tropical Medicine at Oxford from 1999 to 2003. Since 2003 he has been Director of the Wellcome Trust Thailand/Laos Major Overseas Programme (MOP), a 36 year old collaboration between the University of Oxford and the Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. In 2006 he was awarded the Chalmers Medal by the Royal Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene for contributions to tropical medicine research. The Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU), which hosts the WT Thailand/Laos MOP, is a large and productive tropical research unit, employing over 700 staff, with a diverse research portfolio. MORU conducts clinical research on malaria, melioidosis, leptospirosis, rickettsial infections, influenza, dengue, tuberculosis and other communicable diseases afflicting populations in the tropics throughout Asia and beyond. Although he is involved in setting the strategic direction of all of the Programme’s research, his personal major research interests are in the diagnosis, pathophysiology, treatment and prevention of malaria, rickettsial infections, leptospirosis, staphylococcal disease and melioidosis.

Work Locations

  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom

Organization

  • Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit

Bio

Professor Anthony O. Emeribe is a Fellow of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria with postgraduate degrees from the University of Ibadan and University of Calabar. He is currently the Registrar/Chief Executive of the Medical Laboratory Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), a Federal Government of Nigeria Agency charged with regulating medical laboratory services, medical laboratory science education, in-vitro diagnostics (test kits, reagents, chemicals and equipment), and accreditation of public and private medical laboratories as well as licensing of medical laboratory practitioners. Under his leadership, the MLSCN has successfully instituted standards, processes and guidelines for continual quality improvement and accreditation of public and private medical laboratories in Nigeria, which are geared toward improved health services and cutting down of capital flight due to medical tourism. Furthermore, under Prof Emeribe’s leadership, MLSCN has been admitted into the membership of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) / International Accreditation Forum (IAF), the first agency in West and Central Africa to be so admitted. Professor Emeribe was a Professor of Laboratory Haematology & Blood Transfusion Science at the College of Medical Sciences, University of Calabar and Honorary Consultant Haematologist with the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital. He served as Head of Haematology from 1996-2005 during which period there was exponential growth in the variety and turnover of laboratory investigations and transfusion services with enhanced mix and number of staff and excellent client/physician satisfaction resulting in the Department receiving the Best Commercialized Unit Award for several years running at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital. He had attracted various grants for research on tropical diseases and had successfully supervised several postgraduate students and internees.

Work Location

  • Nigeria

Organization

  • Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria
Nora Engel

Nora Engel

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Nora Engel is an assistant professor of Global Health at Maastricht University. Her work focuses on innovation dynamics in global health challenges (such as tuberculosis) and on the sociology of diagnostics and innovations at the point-of-care in India and South Africa. She has done extensive fieldwork in India and South Africa, among others on challenges to point of care testing across different settings, diseases and actor groups.

Work Location

  • Netherlands

Organization

  • Maastricht University

Bio

Dr Tsehaynesh Messele was, until recently, the CEO of the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM). Dr Messele’s broad career in public health has involved high level leadership in the public sector. Before joining ASLM, she was the Director General of the Ethiopian Public Health Institute formerly called the Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute. She also served as National Program Manager for Ethio-Netherlands AIDS Research Project, a big bilateral collaboration project between the Ethiopian and the Netherlands governments. Dr Messele received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Addis Ababa University, her Masters degree in Microbiology from University of Lund, Sweden and her PhD degree in Immunology from the University of Amsterdam. She serves in a number of National and international executive boards. She has received a number of awards including the Ethiopian Public Health Association award for outstanding performance in public health research in Ethiopia; Minister of Health award for outstanding performance on health and nutrition research specifically and health sector leadership in general; and CDC’s Center for global health’s Director award for best partnership.

Work Location

  • Ethiopia

Organization

  • Independent (Contractor, Freelance, Consultant)
Dana Goldman

Dana Goldman

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Dana Goldman is the Leonard D. Schaeffer Director’s Chair and a Professor of Pharmacy, Public Policy, and Economics at the University of Southern California. He also directs the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, one of the nation’s premier health policy research institutions. Dr. Goldman is the author of over 175 articles, including publications in the most prestigious medical, economic, health policy, demography, and statistics journals. He is a health policy advisor to the Congressional Budget Office, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Institute, and several health care companies. He also serves on the editorial boards of Health Affairs and the American Journal of Managed Care, and is founding editor of the Forum for Health Economics and Policy. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Business Week, The Economist, NBC Nightly News, CNN and other media. Dr. Goldman is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest health policy honors.  He is the recipient of several prominent awards, including: the Eugene Garfield Economic Impact Prize, recognizing outstanding research on medicine and the economy; the MetLife Foundation’s Silver Scholar Award, honoring aging research; the National Institute for Health Care Management award for best health policy article; and the Alice Hersh New Investigator Award recognizing the leading young health services researcher. Dr. Goldman received his B.A.  summa cum laude  from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.

Work Location

  • United States

Organization

  • University of Southern California - USC

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Jeannette Guarner was brought up in Mexico City where she obtained her medical degree from LaSalle University. She did her anatomic and clinical pathology residency training at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Then she returned to Mexico City where she was the Director of the Clinical Laboratory at the National Cancer Institute. While in Mexico she implemented flow cytometry, cytogenetics, and numerous tumor markers in the laboratory at the National Cancer Institute and she had teaching responsibilities for the Clinical Chemistry Program at the National Autonomous University. In 1997 she returned to Atlanta and worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Infectious Disease Pathology Branch. During her 10-year tenure at CDC she was involved in the histopathologic study of high profile outbreaks including the US anthrax bioterrorism attack, the introduction of West Nile virus to the Americas, and the discovery of SARS coronavirus. In 2007 she joined the faculty at Emory University. She is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and is currently the Medical Director of the Clinical Laboratory at Emory University Hospital in Midtown. She teaches medical students, residents and fellows. She has developed a curriculum to teach laboratory medicine to clinicians and a web page where interactive cases that highlight laboratory principles can be found.

Work Location

  • United States

Organization

  • Emory University School of Medicine
Ilesh Jani

Ilesh Jani

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Ilesh Jani qualified as a medical doctor at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique. He received a Ph.D. in immunology from the University of London in the United Kingdom. Since 2009, he is the Director General of the Instituto Nacional de Saúde, Mozambique’s National Public Health Institute. Dr. Jani has been a researcher at the Instituto Nacional de Saúde since 1998, where he also served as the Head of the Department of Immunology and of the Virology Reference Laboratories from 2004 to 2009. During his career Dr. Jani has lead efforts in the areas of research, public health, education and diagnostics with the objective of strengthening the health system in Mozambique. His research interests include point-of-care diagnostic technologies and HIV/AIDS vaccines, including the deployment of these health technologies in resource-limited health systems. Dr. Jani is currently part of the board of directors of the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM), a member of the executive board of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI), a member of WHO-AFRO Task Force for Immunization and a member of WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization.

Work Location

  • Mozambique

Organization

  • Instituto Nacional de Saúde
Madhukar Pai

Madhukar Pai

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Prof Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD is a Canada Research Chair in Translational Epidemiology & Global Health at McGill University, Montreal. He is the Director of McGill Global Health Programs, and Associate Director of the McGill International TB Centre. Madhu serves as a Consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He serves on the STAG-TB committee of WHO, Geneva; Scientific Advisory Committee of FIND, Geneva; and Access Advisory Committee of TB Alliance, New York. He has previously served on the Coordinating Board of the Stop TB Partnership.

Work Location

  • Canada

Organization

  • McGill University

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Dr. Rosanna Peeling is currently Professor and Chair of Diagnostics Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Director of the International Diagnostic Centre (IDC). Trained as a medical microbiologist, Dr. Peeling had been Research Coordinator and Head of Diagnostics Research at the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme on Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (WHO/TDR) in Geneva, Switzerland, and the co-Director of the Canadian National Laboratory for Sexually Transmitted Diseases before assuming her current position. Her work in WHO/TDR focused on the evaluation of diagnostics to inform policy and procurement decisions. Her work at LSHTM spans from facilitating test development and evaluation to the translation of evidence to policy, and strategic placement of new diagnostic technologies into different health care settings to ensure maximum impact. She established the IDC to advocate the value of diagnostics, foster innovation, and accelerate access to quality-assured diagnostics to improve global health.

Work Location

  • United Kingdom

Organization

  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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Marcel joined Philips in September 2007. He has been working for 25 years in several positions in the In Vitro Diagnostics Industry. His last job before joining Philips was Vice President Diagnostics (EMEA and India) for Beckman Coulter in Switzerland. He has also chaired several committees in the European Diagnostics Manufacturing Association (EDMA). In his current role he is responsible for the complete end to end business for Handheld Diagnostics which includes R&D, Manufacturing, Q&R, and Commercial Operations . He is also chairman of the team who creates the overall Point of Care strategy for Philips. Marcel holds a bachelor degree in Biochemistry, an MBA and several management and marketing qualifications.

Work Location

  • Netherlands

Organization

  • Philips Handheld Diagnostics