ECTMIH Committees

Scientific Committee

Dr Adrian Hopkins MBE, Chair of the Scientific Committee, ECTMIH 2019

Dr Hopkins, an ophthalmologist and expert in neglected tropical diseases, has decades of experience working across Africa delivering primary healthcare and ophthalmic services after completing his medical studies at St. Andrews University in Scotland in 1971.

From 2008-2016, he was Director of the Mectizan Donation Programme (MDP), which oversees the donation of the drug Mectizan for river blindness (onchocerciasis) and Mectizan and albendazole for lymphatic filariasis elimination in Africa. He is a long-standing member of RSTMH and has published several papers across our journalsInternational Health and Transactions.

Professor Bruno Gryseels, Director of ITM Antwerp

Professor Gryseels has served as advisor to several international organisations, such as WHO/TDR, the EC, the World Bank, GTZ, SAREC and to national disease control or research programmes in Mali, Congo, Madagascar, Egypt, Morocco, China, Brazil and Senegal.

He has directed a large number of international research programmes with support from TDR, EU, GtZ, DGDC, WOTRO etc. and authored some 150 scientific papers including major reference papers. In 1995, he became the ITM's 7th director. Since then, the ITM has tripled its annual turnover to €52 million and doubled its workforce to 450 highly qualified scientists and technicians.

Professor Janet Hemingway, Professor of Vector Biology; Chair in Insect Molecular Biology, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Professor Hemingway initially trained as a geneticist and is currently Professor of Insect Molecular Biology. She has 34 years’ experience working on the biochemistry and molecular biology of specific enzyme systems associated with xenobiotic resistance.

She has been PI on projects well in excess of £60 million including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded Innovative Vector Control Consortium. She stepped down as Director of LSTM in October 2018.

Professor Jurg Utzinger, Director of Swiss TPH

Professor Utzinger is Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Basel and director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH). Jürg is an expert on the epidemiology and control of parasitic diseases with a particular emphasis on neglected tropical diseases.

His research, teaching and training interest pertain to spatially explicit risk profiling, health impact assessments of large infrastructure projects and integrated disease control approaches. Jürg is a member of a number of national and international bodies in the field of health and international development.

Dr Karel Gyselinck, President of Federation of European Societies of Tropical Medicine and International Health (FESTMIH)

Dr Karel Gyselinck is a medical doctor with a master's in public health at ITM Antwerp and 29 years' experience of. After working as a general practitioner in Belgium for two years, he worked for five years in Zambia as hospital practitioner in a rural district hospital  and as District director. 

Thereafter for 12 years he was the medical director of the international NGO Memisa Belgium. Then he joined the Memisa Board. Since 2006 he is working as a public health expert at the Belgian Technical Cooperation (now Enabel) in Brussels and is a guest lecturer at ITM Antwerp and different universities (ULB, UIA and Ugent). 

From 2010 to 2018, Karel was the chair of Be-cause Health, the Belgian platform of International Health. Since 2017 he is the president of FESTMIH, the European Federation of Societies of Tropical Medicine and International Health. 

Professor Baron Peter Piot, Director of LSHTM, Honorary Fellow of RSTMH

Professor Piot was the founding Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1995 until 2008. Under his leadership, UNAIDS became the chief advocate for worldwide action against AIDS, also spearheading UN reform by bringing together 10 UN system organisations.

He was part of a team that co-discovered the Ebola virus in 1976 and was a leading voice during the recent outbreak of the disease in West Africa, when he was highly instrumental in mobilising the international community to respond. He held the role of Chair of the World Health Organization's Ebola Science Committee, and he also chaired the influential Harvard Global Health Institute-London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola.

Professor Sarah Rowland-Jones, President of RSTMH

Professor Rowland-Jones trained in medicine at Cambridge and Oxford and then embarked on post-graduate training in adult infectious diseases in London and Oxford. Between 2001 and 2004, she was the Director of the Oxford Centre for Tropical Medicine, which coordinates Oxford-linked research activities in tropical medicine and international health, particularly in Wellcome Trust funded research units in Thailand, Vietnam and Kenya.

In 2004, she moved to The Gambia as Director of Research in the MRC Laboratories in The Gambia, the UK’s oldest and largest research unit, where she was based until August 2008. She is now back in Oxford as a Professor of Immunology and her research group continues to focus on immune responses to HIV infection in African cohorts, trying to identify what would be needed to create a successful vaccine.

Werner Van Cleemputte, Co-founder Medicongress, Professional Conference Organisers for ECTMIH 2019 

Werner Van Cleemputte and his spouse Martine Verbeke founded Medicongress in 1987. What started in their own house has expanded over the years, also by integrating audio-visual and multimedia companies started up by their sons.

In 2013 all four sister companies moved to a brand new headquarters offering state-of-the-art facilities near Ghent, Belgium. Today Medicongress is a well-known PCO with a large worldwide experience and a dedicated, well experienced team remaining a non share holder driven, family owned flexible company.

Strategic Committee

Dr Adrian Hopkins MBE, Chair of the Scientific Committee, ECTMIH 2019

Dr Hopkins, an ophthalmologist and expert in neglected tropical diseases, has decades of experience working across Africa delivering primary healthcare and ophthalmic services after completing his medical studies at St. Andrews University in Scotland in 1971.

From 2008-2016, he was Director of the Mectizan Donation Programme (MDP), which oversees the donation of the drug Mectizan for river blindness (onchocerciasis) and Mectizan and albendazole for lymphatic filariasis elimination in Africa. He is a long-standing member of RSTMH and has published several papers across our journalsInternational Health and Transactions.

Professor Janet Hemingway, Professor of Vector Biology; Chair in Insect Molecular Biology, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Chair of Prevention Track

Professor Hemingway initially trained as a geneticist and is currently Professor of Insect Molecular Biology. She has 34 years’ experience working on the biochemistry and molecular biology of specific enzyme systems associated with xenobiotic resistance.

She has been PI on projects well in excess of £60 million including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded Innovative Vector Control Consortium. She stepped down as Director of LSTM in October 2018.

Professor Jurg Utzinger, Director of Swiss TPH, Chair of Treatment and Patient Care Track

Professor Utzinger is Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Basel and director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH). Jürg is an expert on the epidemiology and control of parasitic diseases with a particular emphasis on neglected tropical diseases.

His research, teaching and training interest pertain to spatially explicit risk profiling, health impact assessments of large infrastructure projects and integrated disease control approaches. Jürg is a member of a number of national and international bodies in the field of health and international development.

Dr Judy MacArthur Clark, Soulsby Foundation, Chair of One Health Track, which is also the RSTMH Annual Meeting

A veterinarian by background, Dr MacArthur Clark led the Animals in Science Regulation Unit (ASRU) in the Home Office for over eight years where she was responsible for regulating the use of animals in research throughout the UK. Prior to joining the Home Office in 2007, she was Vice-President of Worldwide Comparative Medicine with Pfizer Global R&D based in Groton, Connecticut.

As Executive Director of JMC Consultancy, she now applies her expertise in developing meaningful international policies which will deliver economic, scientific and animal welfare gains.

Professor David Moore, Professor of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Chair of Early Career Researchers Track

Professor Moore leads a TB research group in Lima, Peru, is Course Director for the DTM&H course at LSHTM and is a Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London.

Professor Sarah Rowland-Jones, President of RSTMH, Chair of Age-related Health Track

Professor Rowland-Jones trained in medicine at Cambridge and Oxford and then embarked on post-graduate training in adult infectious diseases in London and Oxford. Between 2001 and 2004, she was the Director of the Oxford Centre for Tropical Medicine, which coordinates Oxford-linked research activities in tropical medicine and international health, particularly in Wellcome Trust funded research units in Thailand, Vietnam and Kenya.

In 2004, she moved to The Gambia as Director of Research in the MRC Laboratories in The Gambia, the UK’s oldest and largest research unit, where she was based until August 2008. She is now back in Oxford as a Professor of Immunology and her research group continues to focus on immune responses to HIV infection in African cohorts, trying to identify what would be needed to create a successful vaccine

Dr Madeleine Thomson, Senior Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Chair of External Factors Influencing Future Health Track

As well as being a Senior Research Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Dr Thomson is also a Senior Research Scholar at the Mailman School of Public Health Department of Environmental Health Sciences

She is the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Early Warning Systems for Malaria and other Climate Sensitive Diseases, her research focusing on the development of new data, methodologies and tools for improving climate-sensitive health interventions including the development of climate services for the health sector.

As a trained entomologist, her original focus was malaria visceral leishmaniasis, but in recent years this has expanded to include air and water-borne infections, as well as broader health challenges associated with food security/nutrition and disasters.

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