APACI Membership

APACI Membership

Want to Become a Part of APACI

To become a member of APACI, you must have a genuine interest in influenza in the Asia-Pacific region. However it is not possible to become a member if you are employed by the pharmaceutical industry, nor if you are employed by any organization that provides funding to APACI.

Members are entitled to vote at APACI’s Annual General Meeting (and extraordinary general meetings), but also carry a liability (which is limited to a maximum of HK$10 towards costs associated with winding up of the organization).

While there are no legal obligations put upon members, there is a moral obligation to support the aims and objectives of APACI.

A copy of APACI’s constitution (memorandum and articles of association) can be downloaded.

Application Form

Membership applications must be made using an APACI membership application form and be supported by 2 existing members. The completed form should be sent to admin@apaci.asia. Acceptance as a member is entirely at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

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Our Members From Australia

Prof Paul Van Buynder

Professor Paul Van Buynder is a public health physician and holds an appointment as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. After undergraduate medical training at Melbourne University, he completed a Masters in Public Health at Sydney University. He has held senior public health positions in a number of Australian states, at the Centre for Infections in the United Kingdom and in two Canadian provinces. He has been a member of the influenza specialist committee of the respective National Immunisation Technical Advisory Groups in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. His research interests include vaccine effectiveness studies, and the evaluation of programs and marketing to maximise vaccine coverage. These vaccine effectiveness studies included trials with both both ASO3 and MF59 adjuvanted influenza vaccines.

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Dr James Fielding

Dr Fielding is an Epidemiologist and currently works at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL). He is an experienced public health practitioner with expertise in applied infectious diseases epidemiological research, surveillance and outbreak investigation. With an undergraduate degree in Microbiology, he completed postgraduate studies in Applied Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, and a PhD on influenza epidemiology and vaccine effectiveness following the 2009 pandemic. James has worked in infectious disease investigation and control at state, national and international levels. James has a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching; he lectures in infectious diseases epidemiology and supervises Masters and PhD students. James’ research interests are in the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases, particularly varicella-zoster virus, measles and influenza.

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Dr Andrea Forde

Dr Andrea Forde is a graduate of the University of Otago with post-graduate training and qualifications in both public health medicine and primary care. She has worked at the Office of Health Protection of the Department of Health and Ageing during the HiN1 pandemic, at Sanofi Pasteur as Medical and Regulatory Affairs Director for Australia and New Zealand, and GSK as Medical Director Vaccines for Australia and New Zealand. She has also worked with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the People’s Republic of China and the Western Pacific Regional Office in Manila and has been the Australian Government representative on several WHO committees.

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A/Prof Jodie McVernon

Associate Professor Jodie McVernon is a medical graduate with subspecialty training in Paediatrics, Public Health and Vaccinology. She has extensive expertise in clinical vaccine trials, epidemiologic studies and mathematical modelling of infectious diseases, gained at the University of Oxford, Health Protection Agency London and University of Melbourne. She heads the Modelling and Simulation Unit within the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Her highly inter-disciplinary research group uses mathematical and computational models to advance understanding of infectious disease epidemiology, and consider the likely impacts of interventions including vaccines to limit infection spread and burden. Jodie is a current member of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, and sits on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases. Modelling work undertaken by her group and associated collaborators for the Australian and Mongolian governments has informed influenza pandemic preparedness and response activities.

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Dr Rod Pearce

Dr Rod Pearce is a practicing grass roots GP and a policy adviser, and Chairman of the Immunisation COalition in Australia. He was President of the Australian Medical Association (SA) from 1998 to 2000, GP Nationally Elected Representative on the Federal AMA and Chair of the AMA Council of General Practice for 3 terms from 2004 to 2010.
In 2008 he was appointed by the then Health Minister, The Hon. Nicola Roxon, to the External Reference Group to develop Australia’s National Primary Health Care Strategy for the national health reforms. He is a member of the Immunisation Coalition and former Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) member. On Australia Day 2012 Dr Pearce was admitted to the ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (AM) for service to medicine as a general practitioner, through contributions to national medical organisations, and to education.

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Dr Harunor Rashid

Dr Harunor Rashid is a senior research officer at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), and a clinical associate professor, Specialty of Child and Adolescent Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, the University of Sydney. Harunor undertook paediatric and tropical medicine training in Bangladesh, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UK, ultimately receiving, in 2009, Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of London. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow, UK, and a member of its executive board. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), London. Harunor is an active member of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM), and serves on its Research and Awards Committee. He is currently serving as the Honorary Secretary of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine. Harunor is a section editor (mass gatherings) of the Journal of Travel Medicine (impact factor 39.2). He co-leads Mass Gathering Medicine Node of the Sydney Infectious Diseases Institute.

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Dr Holly Seale

Dr. Holly Seale is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, and the Program Co-Director of the Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence course.
As a social scientist, she leads a program of research that is focused on the attitudes and behaviours of health consumers and health providers and how they impact on engagement with public health and health service strategies. Her work focuses on improving awareness and acceptance of immunisation with a particular focus on special at-risk groups including children and adults with medical conditions, healthcare workers and refugees and migrants. By understanding the perceptions around immunisation, she is able to develop and test new interventions such as communication or education strategies.
Aside from immunisation, she also undertakes research which focused on improving the level of engagement and compliance with infection control strategies in the hospital setting. This work crosses over a number of strategies including the use of non-pharmaceutical strategies (work maps across Australia, China and Vietnam), hand hygiene education and the role of the patient in infection control.
Holly is also actively involved with other forms of research including clinical trials, surveillance and epidemiological based studies.

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Clinical Prof David Smith

David Smith is a Clinical Virologist at PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA, Director of PathWest services at the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre, and a Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Western Australia. His other roles include Director of APACI, Director of the National Influenza Centre at PathWest and Chair of the Public Health Laboratory Network of Australia, as well as being a member of a number of professional and expert advisory committees.

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Our Members From Bangladesh

Prof Manzoor Hussain

After graduating from Dhaka Medical College (MBBS in 1976), Professor Manzoor Hussain obtained DTM&H from Bangkok School of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, DCH from Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow, and MRCP in Paediatrics from Royal colleges of Physicians of United Kingdom, and awarded the Membership of Royal College of Physicians & Child Health. He also became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine (UK), and obtained Fellowships from all three Royal Colleges of United Kingdom. He has been awarded FCPS by Bangladesh College of Physicians & Surgeons, and FRCPCH by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK).

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Dr Nasir Khan

Dr Khan currently works as a WHO Medical Surveillance Officer Dhaka Bangladesh and does research in the area of infectious diseases, vaccination, public health and epidemiology.

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Our Members From China

Prof Luzhao Feng

Professor Luzhao FENG , MD, PhD, is Executive Deputy Dean, School of Population Medicine and Public Health, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College.
Dr. Feng is a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization Working Group on Influenza, the WHO Health Care Worker (HCW) Influenza Vaccine Introduction Guidance Independent External Advisory Group (IEAG), the Global Influenza Hospitalization Surveillance Network (GIHSN) Scientific Committee, and Executive Council of Asia-Pacific Alliance for the Control of Influenza (APACI); Member of Influenza Vaccine Working Group, and Hib Vaccine Working Group under the China’s National Immunization Program Technical Committee; Vice-Chair of Committee for the Prevention and Control of Influenza (CPCI), Chinese Preventive Medical Association.
Dr. Feng is a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization Working Group on Influenza, the WHO Health Care Worker (HCW) Influenza Vaccine Introduction Guidance Independent External Advisory Group (IEAG), the Global Influenza Hospitalization Surveillance Network (GIHSN) Scientific Committee, and Executive Council of Asia-Pacific Alliance for the Control of Influenza (APACI); Member of Influenza Vaccine Working Group, and Hib Vaccine Working Group under the China’s National Immunization Program Technical Committee; Vice-Chair of Committee for the Prevention and Control of Influenza (CPCI), Chinese Preventive Medical Association.

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Prof Yuelong Shu

Professor Dr Yuelong Shu is the Chairman of APACI, and Dean at Public Health School (Shenzhen), Sun Yat-sen University; and Professor at the National Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention, China CDC.
Dr. Shu obtained his PhD degree in 1998 at the Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. He got post-doctoral training at the Institute of Gene Therapy, Mount Sinai Medical School (1998–1999), and in Department of Molecular Pharmacology Medical School, University of California, Los Angeles (1999–2002).
Dr. Shu has been committed to the research of influenza since 2002, and has made great contributions for influenza prevention and control in the world. He played a leadership to establish the national influenza surveillance network in China, which is the biggest influenza network in the world including 408 influenza laboratories and 554 influenza sentinel hospitals. He also led the CNIC to be designated as the first WHOCC in developing countries by WHO in 2010. He has lead more than 20 scientific projects supported by China central government agencies, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA, et al. He published more than100 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers including in Science, Nature, NEJM, Lancet et al. Dr. Shu firstly identified a novel avian H7N9 and H10N8 influenza virus caused severe human infections in China that has not been detected in humans and animals previously, with great global public health concern.
Dr. Shu was the winner for National Science and Technology progress award and the China Youth Science and technology prize, He was selected as the National Science and Technology Innovation Leader in 2012 and named as the Science and Technology Innovator in 2014.

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Our Members From Hong Kong, SAR, China

Prof Paul Chan

Paul Kay-Sheung Chan is a Professor at the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China. He is a member of several professional organisations involved in policymaking, grant assessment, education and research related to clinical virology and emerging infections.

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Prof Ivan FN Hung

Professor Ivan HUNG is currently Professor and Assistant Dean, Department of Medicine, LKS Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong and Honorary Consultant in Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong SAR. He is a dual specialist in Infectious Disease and Gastroenterology and Hepatology. After obtaining his MRCP, he underwent subspecialty training in infectious diseases, followed by gastroenterology and hepatology. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Division of Geographical Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston, USA.

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Dr Siu Lun (John) Tam

Dr John Tam is a Director and former (and founding) Chairman of APACI. He is currently the Visiting Professor at the Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Dr Tam had worked as Technical Officer of the Initiative for Vaccine Research at the World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland and was responsible for the global research and development of seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccines as well as the focal point for influenza policy development under SAGE and the technical lead for the WHO Global Action Plan for Influenza Vaccines.
He also served as Scientist at the Global Influenza Programme of WHO, Geneva and was responsible for the development and implementation of the WHO Public Health Research Agenda for Influenza including the coordination of influenza vaccine research and global seasonal influenza vaccine recommendations.
John also worked in a leading role in the pharmaceutical industry on vaccine research and development. Prior to these, he was Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong for 15 years. Dr Tam received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Toronto majoring in virology, microbiology and biochemistry, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Hong Kong on virology.
John has been active in the field of medical virology and his interest included influenza and other viral respiratory tract infections, viral diarrhoeal diseases, viral hepatitis and virus-associated cancers. He had published over 180 peer-reviewed articles relating to his fields of interest.
During the outbreak of avian influenza in Hong Kong in 1997 and the SARS outbreak in Asia in 2003, John had served as advisor to the WHO, the Hong Kong government and other regional health authorities.
He received the Bronze Bauhinia Star (B.B.S.) medal from the Government of Hong Kong SAR in 2004.

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Dr Hui-Ling Yen

Dr Hui-Ling Yen is Associate Professor, Division of Public Health Laboratory Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong.
Dr. Hui-Ling Yen received her Ph.D. in Epidemiological Science in 2005 from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor followed by her postdoctoral training at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN. Her research interests focus on understanding the mechanism facilitating the transmission of influenza A virus among and between different reservoirs, exploring the potential virus-host interactions that affect viral pathogenicity and the host clinical outcome, and examining the molecular determinants that confer antiviral resistance.
Dr. Yen is a Full Member of the American Society of Virology. She serves as an Editorial Board Member at Antiviral Research and an Academic Editor at PLoS ONE.

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Prof David Shu-Cheong Hui

Prof David S Hui is the Stanley Ho Professor of Respiratory Medicine and the Director of the Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Since 2004, he has frequently served as an advisor to the WHO on the clinical management of emerging severe acute respiratory infections. Prof Hui has published well over 240 peer-reviewed journal articles and 23 book chapters since 1998. His research interests include the clinical management of severe acute respiratory infections, safety of respiratory therapy and hospital infection control in the post SARS era.

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Dr Vijaykrishna Dhanasekaran

Professor Vijaykrishna Dhanasekaran was appointed as Associate Professor in the School of Public Health (SPH) at HKU in 2020. Before joining SPH, he was faculty at Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore from 2010 and Monash University Australia from 2016, and prior to that a postdoctoral fellow and research assistant professor at HKU Department of Microbiology. He has a BSc, MSc and MPhil from University of Madras (1994-2000), and a PhD in microbial ecology and evolution from HKU (2002-2005).Professor Dhanasekaran is head of Pathogen Evolution lab. His primary research focus is on the genomic evolution and epidemiology of rapidly evolving viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, influenza, RSV, and others. By conducting epidemiological studies across Asia-Pacific, and through integration of genomic datasets with clinical and immunological data, his group aims to advance understanding of the genetic and ecological factors that determine the emergence and distribution of infectious diseases. Professor Dhanasekaran has published over 100 research articles with >10,000 citations.He is on the editorial board of Communication Medicine and Frontiers in Virology. He can be followed on twitter at @vijay_lab.

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Our Members From India

Dr Varsha Potdar Atul

Dr Atul currently works at ICMR-National Institute of Virology and heading Influenza Group. Her major interest is molecular epidemiology of influenza and other respiratory viruses. She is currently working on works enhancing diagnostic capabilities for surveillance, outbreaks and epidemics investigations of high-risk group of viral pathogens causing respiratory infections.

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Dr Sumit Dutt Bhardwaj

Dr Bhardwaj is a scientist at the National Institute of Virology, Pune. His area of expertise involves clinical epidemiology, clinical profile of diseases and biostatistics.

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Dr Mandeep Sukhdev Singh Chadha

Dr Chandha is a Consultant at the National Institute of Virology, Pune. She has also been the Lead of the National Influenza Centre at National Institute of Virology, Pune, India from 2006 to 2017 and has over 33years experience in the field of epidemiology of viral diseases, designed and executed scores of projects, investigated over 60 epidemics of viral diseases in different parts of the India, and has planned and executed sero-surveys in urban and rural areas.

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Prof Anahita R. Chauhan

Professor and Unit Head of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Seth GS Medical College and King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital, Parel, Mumbai and consultant at the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Saifee Hospital. She has published a number of scientific and medical papers in her area of expertise and is Clinical Secretary Mumbai Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society, Assistant Secretary for the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India and co-editor of the Journal of Postgraduate Gynecology Obstetrics

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Dr Prashant Chhajed

Dr Chhajed is a Chest Physician who specialises in interventional pulmonology and sleep disordered breathing as well as interstitial lung and obstructive airways diseases. He founded the Lung Care and Sleep Centre Mumbai. He received his medical doctorate from the University of Mumbai, India in 1996. In 1998, he was a Fellow in the Department of Respiratory Medicine at The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney Australia. Subsequently, he continued as a Fellow in thoracic medicine, and lung transplantation at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney until 2002.
After a short stay in the department of Thoracic Surgery at Chiba University Hospital, Japan, Dr. Chhajed then joined Department of Pulmonary Medicine, University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland as a Clinical and Research Consultant in 2003. He received the title of Privat Dozent in 2007. In 2008, he returned to Mumbai India, where he is Director of the Institute of Pulmonology, Medical research & Development and Lung Care & Sleep Centre, Fortis Hospital. He is also a Consultant at Lilavati and Nanavati Hospitals, Mumbai.

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Dr. Manohar Lal Choudhary

Dr Choudhary is a Scientist in the Influenza Group, National Institute of Virology, Pune. He has a Ph.D. (Biotechnology) from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad and his work involves the development of multiplex RT-PCR for respiratory viruses and bacteria, and the molecular characterization of RSV and metapneumovirus.

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Dr Raja Dhar

Dr Raja Dhar is a Pulmonologist and a Critical Care Specialist with over 20 years of experience. He is currently Director and Head of Department, Department of Pulmonology, C K Birla Hospitals in Kolkata, and Chair- Training and Education Initiatives for the Indian Chest Society. He is also Director- Research and Training, at the National Allergy Asthma Bronchitis Institute. After finishing his MD in Respiratory Medicine from Calcutta University Dr. Dhar completed his MRCP and CCT from UK, and FCCP from USA. He is a member of many medical associations in India and abroad, and contributes regularly to several national and international journals.

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A/Prof Madhu Khanna

Associate Professor Madhu Khanna is a researcher and teacher at the Department of Virology, Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, Delhi University, Delhi. Her research interest includes molecular diagnosis of viruses, pathogenesis of virus and antiviral strategies. She has published over 40 research papers and numerous book chapters in the field of influenza. She is presently undertaking an APACI funded project on “Antibody responses and duration of protection in adults in old age”, due for completion at the end of 2015.

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Dr Parvaiz A Koul

Dr Koul is Professor and Head of Internal & Pulmonary Medicine, Chair in Medicine/Program Director, Chairman, Core Committee, RNTCP program at the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, J&K (India).
Prof.(Dr.) Parvaiz A. Koul did his MBBS from Government Medical College, Srinagar and MD (Medicine) from SKIMS. He completed fellowship in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine from Northshore Long Island Jewish Hospital System, Long I slands, New York. Dr. Koul is a member of many International professional bodies, fellow of the American College of Physicians and American College of Chest Physicians and a fellow of Royal College of Physicians, London. He has been conferred a number of International and National awards including the Pfizer Human Initiative 2004 Award. He has more than 100 publications are to his credit in books and high impact factor journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Chest etc. and delivered more than 200 lectures, keynote addresses and research presentations. Dr. Koul has set up an independent state-of-art Influenza Lab. Dr. Koul also heads recently established Clinical Research Department of Sher-l-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar and is the nodal officer for ART centre besides being the Chairman Core Committee for RNTCP and Chief of Geriatrics. His current interests include Influenza, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine.

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Dr Binod Kumar

Dr Kumar currently works at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, USA. He has 10 years of research experience in molecular virology (DNA and RNA viruses). His current research work is focused on the Kaposi’s sarcoma associated herpes virus (KSHV) entry and trafficking in host cells. He has also done research on the post-transcriptional gene silencing strategies on various strains of human influenza viruses (H1N1, H3N2, Influenza B) and has successfully demonstrated the down-regulation of various flu virus replication in cell lines and mice models using siRNA, Ribozymes and DNAzymes. He has also been extensively engaged in surveillance and epidemiology of influenza and RSV in India and in developing DNA vaccines against Influenza A viruses which has potential therapeutic applications

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Dr Sanjeeva Kumar

Dr Kumar’s fields of specialisation cover microbiology, immunology and influenza virology. He gained his veterinary qualifications at University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad (India) and Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University (India), and PhD at University of Nottingham (UK). He currently works as a Senior Scientist at the Institute of Animal Health & Veterinary Biologicals (IAH&VB), Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, Bangalore.

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Nilanshu Manocha

Nilanshu has a Master of Science in medical virology from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He is currently a Research Scholar in the Department of Virology, Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, Delhi University and has trained in immunologic experiments, molecular diagnosis of viruses, pathogenesis of RNA viruses using murine models and antiviral strategies.

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Hyder Mir

Hyder Mir currently works as a Scientist at the Influenza Division of Department of General Medicine, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences. He is also pursuing his PhD in biotechnology and works on accelerated ageing-effect of telomere length and interleukins in the severity of COPD.

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Dr A Muruganathan

Dr Muruganathan M.D FRCP (GLASG)., FRCP (LONDON)., FACP (USA)., FPCP (PHILIPPINES)., FICP Dr. B. C. Roy Awardee Received Best Performing Doctor Award from Tamilnadu Government onDoctor’s Day 1st July 2014.
Received “IMA Dr. M.G.Garg all time achievement award” from National Indian Medical Association Dec 2014. President – Hypertension Society of India (HSI): 2015 – 2016 Dean – Indian College of Physicians (ICP): 2016-2017. President-Association of Physicians of India (API) 2013-2014. Vice President – Indian Red Cross Society – Tamil Nadu State Branch (2012 – 2016 March) President – Tirupur Tamil Sangam

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Dr Narendra Gemawat

Dr Narendra is a paediatrician and currently works for the Hindustan Chamber Chikitsalaya and coordinates its School Health Program. His special interests include childhood immunisation, catch–up school immunisation programs, new vaccines, hygiene programs and childhood neurological disorders.

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Dr Jyotirmoy Pal

Dr Pal is Professor Medicine at the RG Kar Medical College Kolkata. He is a Fellow of both the Indian College of Physicians and American College of Physicians.

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Dr Jayant K Panda

Dr Jayanta Kumar Panda is a Diabetologist and Critical Care Physician based in Cuttack. He has been in Orissa Medical Education Service since 1999 and presently works as Associate Professor in the Postgraduate Department of Medicine at SCB Medical College, Cuttack.

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Prof Dr Suchitra Narayan Pandit

Prof Dr Pandit is a Senior Consultant Obstetrician & Gynecologist & Head at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital & Research Centre, Mumbai.

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Dr (Prof) Anil Prasad

Anil is the Chairman of the Influenza Foundation of India. He is also President of the Indian Virological Society, President of the Biotechnology Society of India, and Member Secretary of the Dhanvantri Independent Ethics Committee. He was formerly the University Professor & Head of Department of Respiratory Virology, at the V.Patel Chest Institute, Delhi, Medical Microbiology, Delhi University, President of the Indian College of Allergy & Applied Immunology, and Editor of the Indian J. of Allergy & Applied Immunology.

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Dr Venkatasubramanian Ramasubramanian

Dr V. Ramasubramanian is an Internal Medicine, HIV Specialist and Allergist/Immunologist in Chennai and has an experience of 28 years in these fields. He practices at Boosters -the Immune Clinic. He completed MBBS from Madras Medical College, Chennai in 1988, MD – Internal Medicine from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh in 1992 and MRCP from Royal. College of Physicians, London in 1994. He is a member of Tamilnadu Medical Council and Indian Medical Association (IMA). Some of the services provided by the doctor are: travel health, vaccination for pregnant women, infectious disease treatment and adult vaccine.

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Prof Dr Sudhir Satpathy

Prof Dr Satpathy is Director of the School of Public Health, KIIT University and is a renowned Public Health Specialist and Epidemiologist. His broad areas of research interests cover infectious diseases, including community based research in influenza, non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health, population sciences, environmental health and health system research. He has participated in many national and international workshops and meetings, and is an active member of many national and international professional associations, and published over 34 papers and reports.

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Dr O. P. Sharma

Dr O. P. Sharma is a consultant physician with special interest in Geriatrics. He is the National Professor of Geriatrics and General Secretary of the Geriatric Society of India.He has conceptualized, edited & produced the first text book in India on Geriatrics ”Geriatric Care”. He is the editor of “Indian Guidelines of Vaccination in Older Adults”. In addition, he is a Founder Fellow of the Indian College of Physicians, Geriatric Society of India and International College of Nutrition. He is also a Fellow of the IMA College of General Practitioners, IMA Academy of Medical Specialties, International Academy of Medical Specialties, Indian Academy of Clinical Medicine and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

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Dr Naveen Thacker

Dr Naveen Thacker, a well-known child specialist of Gandhidham, is the President Elect of the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (APPA). He is presently CSO Alternate Representative to the GAVI Alliance Board (2013-2015) and Coordinator of Development at the International Pediatric Association (IPA) (2013-2016). He was the Past President of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (2007). He has also represented IPA as Standing Committee Member for six years; been a Steering Committee member of GAVI CSO; and served as the website editor of IPA, APPA and GAVI CSO. He was the Chairperson of the IPA Communication Committee and is an active member of IPA’s Technical Advisory Group on Immunization.
His work on polio eradication is recognized internationally and his articles on the subject have been published in The New York Times, Time Asia Wall Street Journal, The Time, The Hindu, Wall Street Journal India, Dowser and the National. He received the 2012 Outstanding Asian Pediatrician Awards at the APPA Congress in Sarawak, Malaysia. He currently is the Director of Deep Children Hospital and Research Centre, Gandhidham

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Our Members From Indonesia

Dr Kristoforus Hendra Djaya

Dr Kristoforus Hendra Djaya is CEO of In Harmony Clinic (Faculty of Medicine University of Indonesia ). He is a disease prevention expert, vaccinologist, internist, and entrepreneur.

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Prof Cissy Kartasasmita

Cissy Kartasasmita is Professor of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Padjadjaran University, Indonesia. She participated in the Indonesian Ministry of Health’s Health Technology Assessment on Influenza in Adults and Children in 2003 and is a member of the Immunization Working Group of the Indonesian Society of Pediatricians.

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Dr Suzy Maria

Dr Maria is a doctor of Internal Medicine and Allergy, Clinical Immunology Division, Internal Medicine Department at the Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo National General Hospital. She also works at SMEC Eye Center and the Matraman District General Hospital in Jakarta. She has also been Executive editor for the Indonesian Journal of Rheumatology.

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Our Member From Ireland

Dr Jolita Mereckiene

Jolita Mereckiene graduated from Vilnius University faculty of Medicine in Lithuania in 1997. Following university graduation she started her carrier working on the regional level in Vilnius Public Health Centre. During period up to 2001 she was involved in variety of work, mainly in field of gastrointestinal diseases. In 2001 she became a head of Department of Infectious Diseases Control and Prevention in the same institution. The main responsibilities were managing work in the department, establishing electronic database for infectious diseases in Vilnius region, outbreak investigation and analytical studies. In addition she took part in Lithuanian-Swedish project for Sexual Transmitted Infections (STI).
Following 8 years working in public health in Lithuania she entered European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET). She worked in area of infectious disease as EPIET fellow in Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) in Ireland. She was involved in research project for influenza and pneumococcal vaccine uptake, in surveys for legionella and Hib infection, in Norwalk infection and tuberculosis outbreak investigation in Ireland and measles outbreak investigation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After she completed EPIET training in late 2007 she started to work with (Vaccine European New Integrated Collaboration Effort) VENICE project in Ireland. During this period she was involved in conducting VENICE surveys on seasonal influenza vaccination at EU level. In addition, she is also involved in IPD surveillance and calculation of vaccination coverage for seasonal influenza vaccine among those aged 65 and over in Ireland.

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Our Member From Italy

Prof Emanuele Montomoli

Emanuele Montomoli is Full Professor of Hygiene and Public Health at the University of Siena, Italy. He received his BSc and MSc in Life Sciences from the University of Siena, Italy in 1997 and he earned his MBiochem in 2001. His research interests are primarily in the field of influenza vaccines, and in particular in the study of correlates of protection. He is an expert in the development, standardization and validation of assays for antibody detection. He has conducted many clinical and laboratory research studies to evaluate immunogenicity and efficacy of traditional and new influenza vaccines. Recently, he has participated in protocols for the development and evaluation of new molecules as adjuvants. He has also undertook planning and execution of European seroepidemiological studies for emerging infectious diseases in collaboration with WHO Regional Office and eCDC. In 2012, he was appointed in the Scientific Advisory Board of international Society for Influenza and other Respiratory Viral Diseases (ISIRV). In 2015, he became Scientific Coordinator for a European IMI (Innovative Medicine Initiative) Project titled “Standardization and development of assays for assessment of influenza vaccine correlates of protection (FLUCOP)” (IMI-JU-10-2013-01, Grant Agreement No 115672). He has organized the 1st, 2nd and 3rd editions of the Summer School on Influenza in Siena with the support of ISIRV. Over the years, he has published almost 70 scientific papers and reviews, and written several chapters in textbooks. In VisMederi, he is in charge with the position of Chief Scientific Officer and not executive President.

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Our Members From Japan

Prof Norio Sugaya

Norio Sugaya, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of the Department of Infection Control and the Department of Pediatrics, Keiyu Hospital, Yokohama, Japan, and is the Visiting Professor of Keio University School of Medicine.
He has been active in the area of influenza diagnosis and treatment with neuraminidase inhibitors. He has done much to establish diagnosis and treatment system for influenza in Japan. In Japan, all patients with influenza-like illness are tested with influenza rapid diagnostic tests during an epidemic, and if positive, they are treated with neuraminidase inhibitors. He has recently published several papers on vaccine effectiveness by test-negative case control design based on rapid diagnostic test results.
His international experience includes participation as a panel member of Rapid Advice Guidelines on pharmacological management of humans infected with avian influenza A (H5N1) virus, held at World Health Organization in 2006 and as a panel member of Pharmacological Management of Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1), held in 2009-2010 at World Health Organization. He is the board member of ISIRV, the committee member of Antiviral Group of ISIRV and also an associate editor of “Influenza and other Respiratory Virus Diseases” journal published by ISIRV.

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Dr Emi Takashita 

Emi Takashita is a Technical Official at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan and a Senior Research Scientist at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), Japan. She specialized in influenza viruses as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Infectious Diseases, Yamagata University Faculty of Medicine, Japan and then became an Assistant Professor of the Yamagata University Faculty of Medicine.
Dr Takashita joined the Influenza Virus Research Center at the NIID, one of the WHO Collaborating Centres for Reference and Research on Influenza, in 2009, and has been leading the Antiviral Resistance Surveillance Team. Her team monitors the susceptibility of influenza viruses to NA inhibitors, M2 inhibitors and RNA polymerase inhibitors.
Dr Takashita is a member of the WHO GISRS Expert Working Group for Surveillance of Antiviral Susceptibility (WHO-AVWG) and an external expert of the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA), which is the Japanese regulatory agency

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Our Members From Malaysia

Dr Siti Aisah Mokhtar

Dr Mokhtar currently works as a Medical Lecturer, Epidemiology Unit, Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia. She has a Medical degree from (MBBS) from the Universiti Malaya and a Master in Public Health (MPH) and Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

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Dr Vickneshwaran Muthu

Dr Muthu currently works as Senior Principal Assistant Director Zoonosis Sector, Disease Control Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia. His works involves: monitoring incidents and epidemics plus ensuring preventive and control measures should be implemented for the zoonotic and non-zoonotic diseases like Neglected Tropical Diseases, HFMD, Influenza and Melioidosis as well as developing policies, guidelines and related research on prevention and control of zoonoses.

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Dr Wan Noraini Wan Mohamed Noor

Dr. Wan Noraini Wan Mohamed Noor is a Public Health Physician by training. Currently she is the Head of Surveillance Sector, Disease Control Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia. She was appointed as one of the focal point from Malaysia for ASEAN Working Group on Pandemic Preparedness and Response (AWGPPR) i.e. one of the subsidiary bodies under ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Health Development (SOMHD) from 2009-2012. In addition, she was a trainer and a facilitator of the Global Alert and Response Network (GOARN), World Health Organization. She also served as part of the team involved in the prevention and control activities of the following major outbreaks particularly at the central level of MOH Malaysia; namely in responding to the Pandemic (H1N1) 2009, the emergence of influenza A(H7N9), the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa 2014.

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Dr Philip Poi Jun Hua

Head of the Division of Geriatrics, Universiti Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur. Professor Philip Poi Jun Hua trained at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and graduated in 1981, and was conferred with LRCP&S (Ireland) and MB, ChB and BAO from the National University of Ireland. Dr. Poi obtained his MRCP in 1986 from the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland and trained in Geriatric Medicine in Oxford, London (St Bartholomew’s) and Southampton before returning to Malaysia. Having contributed to the development of a new geriatric wing in University Malaya Medical Centre, the first purpose-built ward for acutely ill elderly patients in Malaysia, Dr. Poi is also in the Ministry of Health’s Technical Committee for the National Healthcare for the Elderly Programme, which is involved in policy making decisions concerning elderly care, and in training their trainers to improve the quality of health care delivery to the elderly Malaysians. Supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students in Universiti Malaya, he is also actively involved in lectures, research and consultancy. Dr. Poi has also contributed to chapters in medical textbooks and has had articles published in several medical journals and in the popular press. A former Vice-President of the Gerontological Association of Malaysia and immediate past President of the Malaysian Society of Geriatric Medicine, and is an executive committee member and medical advisor of the Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation of Malaysia.

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Dr Jamal I-Ching Sam

BMedSci, BM, BS, MSc, MRCP (UK), FRCPath (UK) Professor Dr Sam currently works at the Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur and Head of the Diagnostic Virology Unit, University Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His research interests include the clinical and molecular epidemiology of respiratory viruses, and the burden of influenza.

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Prof Zamberi Sekawi

Zamberi Sekawi is a Professor of Medical Microbiology and Senior Consultant Clinical Microbiologist at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University Putra Malaysia. He is actively involved in research and had secured many research grants, had extensive publications and had won numerous research awards. His research is mainly on respiratory viruses, with special interest in influenza. He is also very active in vaccine advocacy movement.

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Prof. Tan Maw Pin

Dr Tan Maw Pin is a Professor of Geriatric Medicine at University Malaya. After completing her undergraduate medical training at the University of Nottingham and her core medical training at Nottingham City Hospital, Prof Tan obtained a National Training Number in Geriatric Medicine at Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, where she also undertook two years of full-time research training at the Institute of Ageing and Health, Newcastle University. Prof Tan currently chairs the Senior flu subdivision of the Malaysian Influenza Working Group which is advocating for flu prevention among older Malaysians. An avid researcher, she is currently the Principal Investigator of the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia Long-Term Research Grant Scheme funded project, TrAnsforming CoGnitivE Frailty into Later-lifESelf-Sufficiency (AGELESS), and is the current President of the Malaysian Society of Geriatric Medicine and the Honorary General Secretary of the College of Physicians of Malaysia.

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Our Member From Mongolia

Dr Burmaa Alexander

Dr Alexander is Head of the National Influenza Surveillance Division, National Influenza Center, National Center of Communicable Diseases, Ministry of Health, Mongolia.

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Our Members From New Zealand

Dr Lance Jennings

Lance Jennings is a Director of APACI and Clinical Virologist to the Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch, New Zealand. He is also Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) National Measles Laboratory, Clinical Associate Professor in the Pathology Department, University of Otago, a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, London, and a Founding Fellow of the Science Faculty, Royal Australasian College of Pathologists. He serves on several Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture Advisory Committees, and is on the editorial board of the International Society for Influenza and other Respiratory Virus Disease (ISIRV) journal Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses. Dr Jennings has also been a member of WHO/Western Pacific Region Office (WPRO) Avian Influenza Outbreak Response (2004) and Expert Influenza (2005) teams in Asia.

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Dr Tony Walls

Dr Walls is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Otago, Christchurch Paediatric and an Infectious Disease Specialist. Tony Walls is a graduate of the University of Otago, having trained in Paediatrics at both Christchurch and Dunedin Hospitals. He trained as a Paediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at the Royal London Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. At this time he completed an M.D. through the University of London, focusing on adenovirus infection in children following bone marrow transplantation. He has an ongoing clinical interest in the management of infection in immunocompromised children. Before returning to Christchurch he worked as a Consultant at Sydney Children’s Hospital, and was lead clinician for the Paediatric HIV Service. Tony has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Teaching and is currently the convener of the Trainee Intern programme in Paediatrics. Along with Paediatric teaching he teaches about immunisation, primary immune deficiency and Paediatric Infectious Diseases as part of the Pathology teaching programme. His ongoing research interests include Vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases Otitis media in New Zealand Complications of varicella infection in children in New Zealand.

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Dr John Ryan McLane

Dr Ryan is a highly qualified nurse who is currently a Senior Advisor on the Communicable Disease Team, New Zealand Ministry of Health. He advises on a range of health issues with a focus upon immunization, infectious disease, public health, and health care system integration and liaises with and leads the health sector in the development and implementation of programs and interventions to mitigate the impact of communicable disease in New Zealand and globally.

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Our Member From Oman

Dr Salah Thabit Al Awaidy

Salah Thabit Al Awaidy is a Communicable Diseases Adviser in Health Affairs, Ministry of Health, Oman. He is a medical doctor and holds a Masters in Epidemiology. He is currently the adviser of Communicable Disease Surveillance, Elimination and Eradication of Communicable Diseases of Public Health Importance, EPI, vaccine supply chain system and IHR at the Ministry of Health, Oman. He was the Director of Communicable Disease Surveillance and Control at MoH, HQ, Oman between 1997-2011, IHR national focal point 2002-2013 and a member in several of the professional committees namely: Strategic Advisory Group on Immunization (SAGE), WHO Geneva (2005-2007); Strategic Advisor Group on Vaccine and Store Management Training Courses (2005-2008), WHO Geneva; Strategic TB Advisory Board (STAG) 2007-2011 2014- till date. He also currently serves as IHR Emergency Committee on Polio and MERS-CoV. He has authored or been the co-author of over 35 publications on a large variety of health topics.

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Our Member From The Philippines

Dr Shelley de la Vega

Dr. Shelley de la Vega, MD, MSc, FPCGM, is a Professor of the Department of Medicine, University of the Philippines College of Medicine and founding Director of the Institute on Aging, and past Director of the Institute of Health Policy, University of the Philippines Manila – National Institutes of Health. She is the Vice President of the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination. She assists the Department of Health, DSWD, National Academy of Science and Technology and various NGOs as technical consultant. Dr. Shelley is the first president of Philippine College of Geriatric Medicine, Philippine Medical Association and Philippine College of Physicians. She is the founding Director for The Center of Healthy Aging, and the former Chief of the Section of Geriatrics at The Medical City Ortigas. She pioneered the establishment of the first Geriatric Multidisciplinary Outpatient Clinic in the Philippines at the Philippine General Hospital.

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Our Members From Singapore

Prof Leo Yee Sin

Professor Leo currently heads the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology (IIDE) of Tan Tock Seng Hospital. She holds a concurrent appointment as the Clinical Director of Communicable Disease Centre, Singapore.
Professor Leo is an Infectious Diseases clinician with keen interest in Public Health. She started the comprehensive HIV program at CDC in 1995 and till today has continuously devoted her effort in improving HIV management as well as the general well-being of those infected and affected by the disease. Notably she led her team battling through multiple episodes of outbreak in Singapore in recent years; the Nipah (1999), SARS (2003), Chikungunya (2008), the Pandemic Influenza outbreaks in 2009 and the current surge of dengue cases since 2013. Her experience in outbreak management is frequently called upon as advisor at national, regional and international level. For her outstanding battle against SARS, she was conferred the most prestigious national award “The Public Service Star” in 2003. Professor Leo was appointed the first Director of the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology in November 2012. She was tasked to provide the administrative and professional leadership to establish IIDE with a view to improve integration and coordination of infectious diseases and its related fields in Singapore. In addition, she oversees the building of the new state-of-the-art infectious disease hospital, the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID), which is targeted to be ready by year 2018. Professor Leo graduated from National University of Singapore in 1983 and obtained Master of Medicine and MRCP in 1989. A life-long learner who never ceases to improve herself, she obtained her Master of Public Health (Saw Swee Hock, School of Public Health, NUS) in 2013. Apart from her clinical and administrative duties; she is a highly sought-after speaker who is equally involved in teaching and research. Topics of her research interest include dengue, influenza, emerging infections and HIV. She has well-over 170 peer review publications to date.

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Dr Carol Tan Yean Eng

Dr Tan is a Specialist in Geriatric Medicine and Chair of, The Good Life Co-operative Dr Tan is a geriatrician by training. She has been involved in direct patient care across the entire continuum including acute hospitals as well as in the intermediate and long term care sector. She has also been active in the development of geriatric medicine services in Singapore where she headed Geriatric Medicine units in both Changi General Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.
As a policy maker, she was with the Ministry of Health, Singapore and held concurrent appointments in the Epidemiology and Disease Control, Integrated Health Services and Health Finance Divisions. She served as Deputy Director (Elderly and Disability Policy), Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and worked on the Prime Minster Office (Ageing) portfolio. Under the Ageing Portfolio, she developed the Wellness Programme, a national programme to promote Active Ageing. She was part of the government led Ministerial Committee for Ageing team adopting Whole of government approach to ageing that included the built environment, housing, transport, health and social services. Her involvement as a policy maker included policy planning, service development, financing and licensing, regulation.
Her interests are in developing a person-centred, whole life, integrated, multidisciplinary, evidence based approach in the area of health and social care provision incorporating both the clinician as well as administrative, policy planning perspectives. She is especially interested in promoting public- private- people sector collaboration facilitating a whole government, all people approach to longevity.
The impact of an ageing population on health, service provision and standards as well as financing schemes is also areas that Dr Tan has been actively involved in and she has been active in advocating for better healthcare coverage, insurance to ensure affordability for all. She is currently spearheading Active Ageing Programmes through The Good Life Co-operative that partners seniors and their families and include health screening, risk assessment, health literacy and follow-up programmes for the middle agers.

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Dr Asok Kurup

Asok Kurup is an Infectious Diseases Physician and Chair of the Infection Control Committee of Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore. He is also a visiting consultant, Department of Infectious Diseases, Singapore General Hospital.

Dr Kurup received his MBBS and Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine) from the National University of Singapore. With a keen interest in infectious diseases, he pursued advanced specialty training in Singapore as well as the University of California, San Diego, USA, where he was a clinical and research fellow. Dr Kurup currently serves as Chair of the Medical Board at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Chair of the Antibiotic Stewardship Committee of IHH Healthcare Singapore and Chair of the Chapter of Infectious Diseases Physicians, Academy of Medicine, Singapore. He is also a member, Panel of Infectious Diseases Experts for COVID-19 Vaccines and Therapeutics, Health Science Authority, and a member of the Workgroup for COVID-19 Therapeutics, National Center for Infectious Diseases.

Dr Kurup has been involved in several multicentre trials in the treatment of invasive fungal, MRSA and HIV infections, and he has contributed to over 140 scientific publications and abstracts. He is also recognized for his community outreach and relief work and was recently awarded the national Public Service Medal (COVID-19) and COVID-19 Resilience Medal. In September 2023, he was awarded the IHH Clinician Excellence Award 2023

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Dr See Kay Choong

Adj Assoc Prof Kay Choong See is currently a Senior Consultant Respiratory Physician and Intensivist at the National University Hospital, Singapore. He is also the Associate Designated Institutional Official for the National University Health System Residency Program. Adj Assoc Prof See completed Advanced Specialty Training in both Respiratory Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine in Singapore, a Master of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a Master of Health Professions Education at Maastricht University. He is competent in bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound, ultrasound-guided pleural procedures and thoracoscopy (pleuroscopy). His special interests include public health, medical education, and healthcare quality improvement.

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Our Members From South Korea

Prof Woo-Joo Kim

Dr. Woo-Joo Kim is Professor of the Division of Infectious Disease in the Department of Internal Medicine, at Korea University in Seoul, Republic of Korea. He is also Chair of the Trans-governmental Enterprise for Pandemic Influenza in Korea (TEPIK), which sponsors and supports national influenza research and development projects. Additionally, he is the Vice-President of the Korean Society of Infectious Disease and Korean Society of Zoonoses. He serves as a member of several national and professional organizations, including the Committee on Influenza Prevention at the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Central Drug Review Board at the Korea Food and Drug Administration, the National Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Planning Committee, and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice, designated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

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Dr Heui Man Kim

Dr Heui Man Kim currently works at the Division of Influenza Virus, Center for Infectious Disease, National Institute of Health, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He obtained his PhD in Veterinary Medicine at the Chungnam National University in 2013 majoring in Preventive Veterinary Medicine. His dissertation was entitled “Pathogenicity of swine-origin 2009 pandemic influenza virus in mice and ferrets”.

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Our Member From Taiwan, China

Dr Chwan-Chuen King

Dr Chwan-Chuen King is Professor at the Institute of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University (NTUPH) and Deputy Director at the Global Health Center, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University (NTUPH). She specializes, and has published widely, in the areas of epidemiology and surveillance and public health policies of infectious diseases, evaluation of vaccination effectiveness for virus infections, viral and immuno-pathogenesis of dengue and influenza, ecology of influenza, dynamics of viral changes and epidemiology, and climate change, infectious diseases and public health policies.

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Our Members From Thailand

Dr Tawee Chotpitayasunondh

Tawee Chotpiayasunondh is presently an Associate Professor (Honor) from Department of Tropical Pediatrics, Faculty of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Mahidol University, Bangkok. He has been a Pediatric infectious diseases specialist for 35 years, working on TB, HIV/AIDS, Antibiotics, Vaccines, SARS, Avian/Pandemic Influenza and other infectious diseases, and is chief of the working group on clinical management and care for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases of Thailand at the Ministry of Public Health (since 2003). He is also the WHO Temporary Consultant on Pediatric HIV/AIDS, Antivirals , Avian/ Pandemic Influenza – Clinical Management and Antivirals.

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Prof Terapong Tantawichien

Dr Tantawichien is Professor and Head of Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University. His qualifications include a M.D. Board of Internal Medicine (Thailand), a Research Fellowship, Kuzell Institute, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, U.S.A., Sub-board of Infectious Diseases (Thailand). His research has been published widely in international journals and he has also contributed to international textbooks.

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Our Members From Viet Nam

Dr Pham Quang Thai 

Dr Pham Quang Thai, M.D, MPhil. PhD Vice Head of Epidemiology Dept., National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) since 2011. He is an expert on the EPI. Dr. Thai has professional experiences thanks to many courses of FETP at Thailand, Master of Philosophy at Norway, and PhD at the United Kingdom. As one of duties in his works, Thai has also involved in some stages of vaccine development when managing immunization programs in Viet Nam. Thai also works with some international and local organizations and vaccine companies to run vaccine trials.
Thanks to more than 16 years working at Epidemiology Dept. of NIHE, Thai has close relationship with all Pasteur institutes in Viet Nam as well as Provincial Preventive Medicine centers which are the back born of Preventive Medicine system in Vietnam. His work relates to infectious disease surveillance and response. Furthermore, he also works as coordinator for several projects including Oxford-NIHE (Infectious Diseases Research Development Program). Thai is now researching Epidemiology of Influenza and its intervention. His new project is on the difference adaptation of individual to influenza vaccine when immune background are already known from 10 year cohort.

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Dr Le Thi Huong

Dr Le Thi Huong is a Director of the Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Hanoi Medical University, and Head of it’s Nutrition and Food Safety Department. Dr Huong is a Medical Doctor with a PhD in Nutrition, Food Technology and Biotechnology (Wageningen University, The Netherlands), and a Masters Degree in Community Nutrition from the Hanoi Medical University. She has also studied in the US, Australia, The Philippines and Thailand.

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Dr Hoan Le Thi

Dr Hoan Le Thi is Senior lecturer and Head of Department of Training- Scientific Research Management and International cooperation at the Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Hanoi Medical University. She received her PhD in Social Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institute, Sweden in 2011, and has a Diploma in applied parasitology and entomology (Institute for Medical Research, Malaysia), as well as a Master of Science in Medicine, and Medical Doctor qualification from Hanoi Medical University, Vietnam. She has over 20 research articles in both English and Vietnamese and has co-authored 6 books in Vietnamese.

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Dr Nguyen Dang Vung

Dr Nguyen Dang Vung is Vice Director of the Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Hanoi Medical University and Head of the Department of Population and Central Laboratory at the Institute. Specialized in Hygiene and Epidemiology. He has trained and worked in many countries including the Philippines, Germany and Sweden and is a coordinator for national, regional cooperation in the health and preventive medicine projects in Viet Nam.

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Dr Nguyen Van Huy

Dr Nguyen Van Huy is a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Health Management and Organization, Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Hanoi Medical University. His work covers public health issues including leadership and management skills, management tools, health systems, health system management, hospital management, human resources management, primary health care, demography, health statistics, research methodology, and other public health-related issues. He has won the many awards including the Dang Van Ngu Scientific Research Award – an award that recognizes outstanding implementation of scientific research and is the author of numerous scientific publications.

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A/Prof Dao Thi Minh An

A/Prof Dao Thi Minh An is lecturer in epidemiology and research methodology and Vice-Head of the Department of Epidemiology, Institute of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Hanoi Medical University. She is also Coordinator of the Continuous Medical Education (CME) at Hanoi Medical University and has published numerous scientific and medical papers. Dr Dao Thi Minh An has done post doctoral work at School of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology (Australia) as well as the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

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Ms Pham Tuong Van

Ms. Pham Tuong Van is a Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Social Medicine at the Hanoi Medical University. Her research includes avian influenza, human resources, medical equipment and supplies, health system research, medical insurances, non-communicable diseases, sexual reproductive health, gender and HIV and health education and interventions. She has degrees in public health and health social sciences.

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A/Prof Hoang Van Minh

A/Prof Hoang Van Minh is Vice-Director of the Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Hanoi Medical University and Vice-Head of the Department of Health Economics at Hanoi Medical University. He is also Manager of the Center for Health System Research at Hanoi Medical University. His areas of interest and research include health economics and financing, epidemiology of non-communicable diseases and research methodology and statistics. He has published widely in these areas as well as writing textbooks.

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Dr Le Thi Kim Thoa

Dr Le Thi Kim Thoa is a Medical Doctor at Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi, Viet Nam, with a post-graduate diploma in health education, and a masters degree in public health. She has trained in Sweden and India, with additional training in Thailand and the USA. Her healthcare experience is a clinical doctor in the Department of Internal Medicine on communicable diseases, 4 years of work in Department of occupational diseases, and as a medical doctor with experiences in field research and health structure at different levels for different projects on Health and rural development.

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(Updated 17 February 2022)

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