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May / June 2017 | Volume 16, Issue 3

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

WHO elects first African as director-general

WHO members elected Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the organization’s next director-general, effective July 1, 2017. Tedros, who goes by his first name, is Ethiopia’s foreign affairs minister and previously served as health minister and a Fogarty collaborator. He holds a Ph.D. in community health and a master’s in infectious diseases.

Dr. Peter Kilmarx

Kilmarx earns Public Health Service promotion

Fogarty Deputy Director Dr. Peter Kilmarx has been promoted to Rear Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service. Kilmarx is an infectious disease expert who has held leadership positions at the CDC, including country director of Zimbabwe. An experienced manager of HIV clinical trials, he also helped mount the response to a number of Ebola outbreaks in Africa.

Dr. Flora Katz

Katz leads Fogarty's research, training division

Dr. Flora Katz has been promoted to director of Fogarty’s Division of International Training and Research. Since joining Fogarty in 2001, she has developed and led programs in multidisciplinary education, innovation, natural products drug discovery, genetics and informatics. Previously, Katz headed research labs at the University of Texas and Texas A&M University.

Dr. David Spiro

Spiro directs Fogarty epidemiology division

Fogarty has tapped Dr. David Spiro to direct its Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies. Spiro was previously with NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where he managed the extramural research portfolios on numerous viral diseases and supervised multiple clinical trials on influenza.

Dr. Geetha Bansal

Bansal helms Fogarty HIV portfolio

Dr. Geetha Bansal has joined Fogarty as program officer responsible for Fogarty’s HIV Research Training Program. Bansal, who has worked in the Division of AIDS Research at NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, most recently was associate dean for research and associate professor at Tulane University.

Dr. Jong-on Hahm

Hahm new manager for Fellows and Scholars, MEPI

Dr. Jong-on Hahm is the new program officer for Fogarty’s Fellows and Scholars Program and the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI). Hahm most recently served as special advisor for international research at George Washington University and was a program officer at the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Amit Mistry

Planning, evaluation division welcomes Mistry

Fogarty’s Division of International Science, Policy, Planning and Evaluation recently welcomed Dr. Amit Mistry as a senior scientist. Mistry earned a doctorate in bioengineering from Rice University and previously was a program manager at USAID's global development lab.

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