Current Executive Committee
Members of the Executive Committee must be current Masters of the Society.
President: Gregory A. Poland, MD, MACP, FIDSA, DHL(hon)
Dr. Gregory Poland is director of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group – a state-of-the-art research group and laboratory. He is also professor of medicine and infectious diseases and molecular pharmacology and experimental therapeutics; director of Mayo’s Immunization Clinic; director of May Clinic’s program in translational immunovirology and biodefense; and an editor at the journalVaccine. Poland is recipient of a number of honors, including two Secretary of Defense honors: the Award for Excellence and Medal for Outstanding Public Service. He has also received the Hsu prize in International Infectious Disease Epidemiology and the Charles Merieux Lifetime Achievement Award in Vaccinology. A past president of the Defense Health Board , he was appointed as the Mary Lowell Leary Professor in Medicine by Mayo Clinic’s Board of Trustees. He earned his medical degree from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and completed his residency and post-graduate work at the University of Minnesota/Abbott-Northwestern Hospital. A prolific writer, Dr. Poland has published over 350 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters
Gregory A. Poland, MD, MACP
Mary Lowell Leary Endowed Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics;
Director, Mayo Vaccine Research Group
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
Vice-President: Andrew J. Morgan, PhD
Andy Morgan is Professor of Virology at the University of Bristol in the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. He graduated with a PhD in Molecular Immunology from the University of Cambridge in 1980. He took up a position at the University of Bristol with Professor Sir Anthony Epstein FRS, to identify and isolate immunologically important molecules in the envelope of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). He was subsequently awarded an MRC Travelling Fellowship to the University of Chicago (1984) to work with Professor Elliot Kieff on the construction of live VZV vaccine vectors. He returned to the University of Bristol in 1986 where he has been ever since.
His research interests encompass all aspects of the development of vaccines to prevent or modify EBV infection and the cancers associated with it, namely Burkitt’s lymphoma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma and Hodgkin’s disease. His laboratory was largely responsible for the development of an EBV subunit vaccine that has been shown to prevent infectious mononucleosis in young adults. He is currently investigating ways of altering the processing and presentation of EBV tumour antigens so that EBV tumour cells are more easily recognised and killed by the immune system. He has been a member of a number of committees at NIH, Cancer research UK, and the IARC, considering the problems of EBV vaccination. He is a member of the MRC College of Experts and has been a consultant for a number of biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Andy is a trustee of the Edward Jenner Museum and a founding member of the Edward Jenner Vaccine Society.
Andrew J. Morgan, PhD
Professor of Virology; Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine; School of Medical Sciences;
University of Bristol, University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TD, UK
USA Councilor: Gregory C. Gray, MD, MPH, FIDSA
Dr. Gray is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Global Health in the University of Florida’s College of Public Health and Health Professions. He has a joint appointment in the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine and directs the Global Pathogens Laboratory in the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute. He received his BS from the US Naval Academy, his MD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and his MPH from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene & Public Health. His medical boards are in Preventive Medicine and Public Health.
His current research interests include emerging infectious diseases, especially zoonotic infections, evaluation of vaccines and rapid diagnostics for emerging pathogens, and the epidemiology of respiratory pathogen infections. He has conducted epidemiological studies of infectious diseases in all five continents and authored more than 170 publications in the peer-reviewed medical literature. He currently is the principal investigator for large prospective cohort studies of zoonotic influenza transmission in Cambodia, Mongolia, Nigeria, Romania, Thailand, and the United States. He serves on a number of expert advisory committees, including the FDA/CBER Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.
Gregory C. Gray, MD, MPH, FIDSA
Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental and Global Health, College of Public Health and Health Professions
Professor, Infectious Diseases and Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine
Director, Global Pathogens Laboratory
College of Public Health and Health Professions
University of Florida
101 S. Newell Dr. Suite 2150A
Gainesville, Florida 32610
USA Councilor: Myron M. Levine, MD, DTPH
MYRON M. LEVINE, M.D., D.T.P.H., is Director of the Center for Vaccine Development, Head – Division of Geographic Medicine, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Microbiology and Immunology, and Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore. He received the M.D. degree (1967) from the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, and the D.T.P.H. diploma (1974) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, England.
He has extensive experience in design and evaluation of vaccines to prevent bacterial enteric infections, particularly Salmonella. Dr. Levine is one of the most vocal advocates of mucosal immunization, i.e., the administration of vaccines by oral and intranasal routes to avoid the unpleasantness and occasional dangers of parenteral injections. He has made substantial contributions in basic vaccinology, bacterial pathogenesis, clinical research, field epidemiology and public health. In recent years, his basic laboratory research has focused on the use of attenuated Salmonella Typhi as live oral typhoid vaccines and as live vector vaccines that express the protective antigens of unrelated pathogens and deliver them to the human immune system.
His clinical research has involved studies of pathogenesis and the assessment of a variety of vaccines in adults and children in Baltimore, as well as in many developing countries. Dr. Levine has been a pioneer in carrying out clinical trials in developing countries, including studies of vaccines developed at the CVD. Dr. Levine currently sits on the editorial boards of several major research journals, is a consultant to many organizations including the World Health Organization, NIH, the Vaccine Research Center, Institute of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Levine has authored/co-authored 513 scientific articles, 114 chapters and is Senior Editor of New Generation Vaccines, 4th ed. published in 2010.
Myron M. Levine, MD, DTPH
Grollman Distinguished Professor and Director
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Center for Vaccine Development
685 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
EUROPEAN Councilor: Prof. Bernard A. M. Van der Zeijst, Ph.D.
Dr. Bernard van der Zeijst studied Biology at Utrecht University (NL) and earned his PhD from this institution in 1972. He performed his postdoctoral studies at the Institute of Virology at Utrecht University as well as at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (MO, USA).
He returned to the Netherlands in 1978 and for the next 20 years was affiliated with Utrecht University, first as Associate Professor at the Department of Virology and later as Professor and Chair at the Department of Bacteriology. In the late 90′s Dr. van der Zeijst joined the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in Bilthoven (NL), where he served as Director of the Vaccine Division.
Dr. van der Zeijst was one of the Founding Directors of the Netherlands Vaccine Institute (NVI) in 2003 and the Scientific Director of this institute up to 2009, when he resigned the post upon reaching retirement age. Since 2007 he has held the position of Professor for Vaccines and Vaccination at the University of Leiden (NL).
Dr. van der Zeijst’s research interests include immunity to bacteria, vaccine development, public attitudes to vaccination and global vaccine supply. He is an active member of various professional societies and regularly speaks at national and international vaccine meetings. His research has resulted in over 210 articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, books and other venues.
Prof. Bernard A. M. Van der Zeijst, Ph.D.
Leiden University Medical Center,
2333 ZA Leiden, The Netherlands
AUSTRALIAN Councilor: Dr. David Durrheim, Ph.D., MPH & TM, MBChB, FACTM, FAFPHM
Dr. David Durrheim is Professor of Public Health Medicine at the University of Newcastle in the UK and is a SAGE member. He is also Director of Health Protection of Hunter New England Area Health Service in Australia.
Dr. Durrheim’s focus is on novel infectious disease surveillance methods, control of zoonotic diseases and strategies for reducing inequity in public health service delivery. He has served as an expert advisor and consultant to WHO programs in African and Pacific Regions, and he has served as the Director of a World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Vectorborne Diseases.
Dr. Durrheim was a key player in developing novel surveillance systems to detect and facilitate response to emerging infectious disease risks. He is a strong advocate for equitable global access to effective public health measures such as immunization.
Dr. David Durrheim, Ph.D., MPH&TM, MBChB, FACTM, FAFPHM
Director Health Protection & Population Health
Professor of Public Health Medicine at University of Newcastle
Locked Bag 10, Wallsend NSW, Australia, 2287
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