GloPID-R is led by a Chair and six Vice-Chairs who are elected at the Assembly from amongst the members and hold office for 2 years (renewable for a maximum of two consecutive terms). They work in close cooperation with the Secretariat, the Scientific Advisory Board and committees based on the delegation from the Assembly.

The Chairs convene the Annual General Assembly, where members meet face-to-face, and the regular 3-monthly teleconferences. Meetings may also be called by the Chairs should an urgent epidemic alert arise.

The Chairs propose the meeting agendas, determine items for information and decision between the meetings and oversee the work of the Secretariat.

During the Assembly, decisions are taken about the GloPID-R work programme that the Chairs and the Secretariat have prepared and proposed.

The sixth Annual General Assembly for the GloPID-R members was held on the February 28, 2018 at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium.

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GLOPID-R chair

Prof. Yazdan Yazdanpanah, M.D, Ph.D

Director, Aviesan Institute of Immunology, Inflammation, Infectiology, and Microbiology

Dr Yazdan Yazdanpanah is currently the Director of the Institute I3M (Immunology, Inflammation, Infectiology, and Microbiology) which gathers the main stakeholders of this thematic in France in the frame of Aviesan, the French National Alliance for Life Sciences and Health.

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GLOPID-R vice chairs

Prof. Walter Colli

Advisor, São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)

Walter Colli is a Medical Doctor (1962), Ph.D. in Biochemistry (1966, School of Medicine, University of São Paulo, USP) and Privat-Dozent (1971, Institute of Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry, USP), presently Full Professor of Biochemistry since 1980.

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Jeremy Farrar

Director, Wellcome Trust

Jeremy Farrar is Director of the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation (both politically and financially independent) which exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. Wellcome supports scientists and researchers, takes on big problems, fuels imaginations and sparks debate.

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Dr. Eung Soo Hwang

Director, National Research Foundation of Korea

Dr. Eung Soo Hwang is Director of the Global Center for Infectious Diseases (GCID) at the Seoul National University College of Medicine. He has been concurrently serving as President of the Korean Society of Virology since January 2016.

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Charu Kaushic

Scientific Director, Institute of Infection and Immunity

Charu Kaushic is the Scientific Director of the Institute of Infection and Immunity of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) since July 1st, 2018.

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Jeffrey Mphahlele

Vice President, South African Medical Research Council

Jeffrey Mphahlele is the Vice President of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) since October 2014, the largest science council dedicated to funding and conducting health research in South Africa.

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Cornelius Schmaltz

Head of Unit, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

Cornelius Schmaltz received his MD and his training as a board-certified paediatrician from the University of Freiburg/Germany.

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GLOPID-R Scientific Advisory Board

Prof. Felicity Jane Burt

University of the Free State and National Health Laboratory Service, South Africa

Felicity Burt is currently Professor and South African Research Chair in Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Pathogens Research at the University of the Free State (UFS)/National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS), Bloemfontein, South Africa.

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Dr. Youngmee Jee

National Institute of Health, Korea

Dr. Youngmee Jee (M.D., Ph.D) is Director of the Center for Immunology and Pathology (CIP) at the National Institute of Health (NIH), Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the Ministry of Health and Welfare of the Government of the Republic of Korea since November 2014.

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Prof. Marion Koopmans

Department of Viroscience at Erasmus MC Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Marion Koopmans, DVM, PhD, is Head of the department of Viroscience at Erasmus MC Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She is also Professor of Virology at the Laboratory for Infectious Diseases of the National Institute of Public health

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Prof. Kevin Marsh

University of Oxford and African Academy of Sciences, Kenya

Professor Kevin Marsh is a Professor of Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford and senior advisor at the African Academy of Sciences.

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Prof. Jodie McVernon

University of Melbourne

Professor Jodie McVernon is the Director of Epidemiology at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (a joint venture of the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia).

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Vinh-Kim Nguyen

Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland

Vinh-Kim Nguyen is an HIV and Emergency physician and medical anthropologist.

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Dr. Pierre Rollin

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA

Dr Pierre Rollin is currently the Deputy Branch Chief, Viral Special Pathogens Branch, Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia.

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Dr. Oscar Daniel Salomón

National Institute of Tropical Medicine, Argentina

Dr. Oscar Salomón’s area of eExpertise is Medical Entomology and Eco-epidemiology. He has a Master’s degree in Biology, from Buenos Aires University (1980); a Doctorate in Biology, from Buenos Aires University (1988); and a Master’s degree in Public Health, from Yale University, USA (1997).

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Prof. Tania Sorrell

Medical School of the University of Sydney, Australia

Professor Tania Sorrell is Professor of Clinical Infectious Diseases, Director of the Marie Bashir Institute for infectious Diseases and Biosecurity and Deputy Dean, Sydney Medical School, the University of Sydney, Australia; Director of the Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Westmead Institute for Medical Research, Westmead, NSW; and Service Director, Infectious Diseases and Sexual Health, Western Sydney Local Health District.

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Julio Vazquez Moreno

National Centre of Microbiologylogy, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Spain

Dr. Brian Ward

McGill Medical Faculty and National Reference Centre for Parasitology, Canada

Brian Ward received medical training at McGill, University of London and Johns Hopkins (Internal Medicine, Tropical Medicine, Infectious Diseases & Microbiology). His research training began as a Rhodes Scholar (1977-1980) and continued at Johns Hopkins (1986-1990).

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Prof. Dr. Lothar H. Wieler

Robert Koch Institute and Berlin Freie Universität, Germany

Professor Dr. Lothar H. Wieler is the president of the Robert Koch Institute, the central Public Health Institution responsible for disease control and prevention in Germany.

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The GloPID-R Secretariat, which is the supporting structure for the initiative, is operated by Fondation Mérieux (representing the AVIESAN network) and the University of Oxford (representing the ISARIC network). This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 643434.

The Secretariat provides strategic, organizational, financial, administrative and secretarial support activities for the GloPID-R governance structure and ensures efficient information exchange amongst all GloPID-R members and stakeholders. It is coordinated by Dr. Serge Breysse.

Another aim is to connect GloPID-R to relevant scientific networks and to map their scientific and operational status with regards to research response to emerging infectious diseases. The work of the Secretariat is also to facilitate the development of a strategic agenda and a response plan by the GloPID-R governance bodies that will serve as common and central guiding documents for all GloPID-R members and external stakeholders in achieving the mission of GloPID-R.

GloPID-R communication activities are also led by the Secretariat to ensure GloPID-R stakeholders are well-informed and aligned and to raise public awareness about and engagement in the initiative.

Mérieux Foundation

  • Hubert Endtz, Scientific Coordinator
  • Serge Breysse, Operational Director
  • Susannah Carroll, Communication Officer
  • Severine Gomignani, Project Assistant
  • Xavier Gougelet, Financial Manager
  • Jason Soffe, Digital Communications Manager
  • Koren Wolman Tardy, Communication & Dissemination Work Package Leader
  • Richard Vaux, Project Manager

University of Oxford

  • Menno de Jong, Scientific Coordinator
  • Janine Burke, Financial Manager
  • Gail Carson, Connecting & Mapping Work Package Leader
  • Peter Horby, Strategy Development Work Package leader
  • Sarah Moore, Project Assistant


GLOPID-R Secretariat