Track 4: Clinical & Implementation Science
Dr Philippe Mayaud is a Professor of Infectious Diseases & Reproductive Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (Faculty of Infectious & Tropical Diseases). A clinician by background turned epidemiologist, his research and teaching have focused on epidemiological, clinical and implementation aspects of HIV and STI control, in particular of viral infections such as herpes, HPV and cervical cancer, HHV-8, but also syphilis and gonorrhoea. He has predominantly worked in sub-Saharan Africa (notably Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana and Burkina Faso) and Brazil. He holds an Honorary appointment at the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) and was recipient of a Visiting Professorship at the University Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has been a long standing advisor to WHO STI/HIV and Reproductive Health departments and is a current member of the Advisory Group of WHO HIV, Hepatitis, and STIs.
Associate Professor Dr. Jason Ong is an academic sexual health specialist and health economist based at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre. He has joint appointments at Monash University, University of Melbourne and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His research focuses on economic evaluations and demand creation strategies to improve the uptake of HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and management services. He is a board director of several peak HIV/STI organizations in Australia (ASHM, AFAO, ASHRA) and is involved in several committees at the World Health Organization working towards the elimination of HIV/STIs as a public health threat.
Bea Vuylsteke is a senior researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium. She has worked for Médecins sans Frontières in Mali, Chad, Mozambique and Ethiopia. She joined the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in 1992, and worked as STI advisor for FHI’s AIDSCAP programme in different countries, including Tanzania, Rwanda and Brazil.
She has also worked in Abidjan, Ivory Coast leading the ITM’s programme and research among key populations, including sex workers and men who have sex with men (MSM). She currently is the principal investigator of a PrEP feasibility study among MSM in Belgium and co-investigator of the West-African PrEP demonstration project (CohMSM-PreP) in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso and Togo.
Dr Daniel McCartney is a Research Assistant and Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) candidate at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) where he is conducting research related to STIs among transgender women in Brazil. He has graduated with a MSc in Global Health from the University of Dublin, Trinity College (Ireland), and an Honours BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Guelph (Canada). Until recently, he worked at the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) as a project director and senior technical adviser with a focus on HIV, STIs, and the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of people living with HIV and key populations. He has held several other positions internationally, including the Gay Health Network in Ireland, the AIDS Committee of Toronto in Canada, UNAIDS in Eswatini, and a local NGO in Mumbai, India.
Prof Saiqa Mullick, MBBCh MSc MPH PhD, is Reader/Associate Professor and Director of Implementation Science at Wits RHI. She is a medical doctor with a PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology. She currently oversees a portfolio of programmes addressing introduction of innovative approaches and technologies for HIV prevention and Sexual and Reproductive Health. Her experience is primarily in sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention research with a focus on adolescent girls and young women. She has supported oral PrEP introduction in South Africa and currently serves as principal investigator on a number of trials evaluating integrated service delivery approaches for young women.
Dr Sushena Reza-Paul is a physician and a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) and has been a public health research practitioner for over two decades. She is an Assistant Professor at the Community Health Sciences Department at the University of Manitoba, Canada and a mentor for Ashodaya Academy – a sex worker-led research and training institute. Her body of work over the last two decades has been in HIV, STI and Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) with a focus on key populations, to reduce STIs/HIV among them and promoting affordable community programmes in India and various other countries in Asia and Africa, working with WHO, various universities and donor agencies. She serves on the technical resource group for STI prevention and management of the Indian National Program on HIV/AIDS and provides guidance to the National HIV/AIDS program under Ministry of Health, Government of India
Dr Teodora Elvira Wi is currently Medical Officer, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Department of Global HIV, Hepatitis and STIs Programmes, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva. In WHO HQ, she is leading the development of WHO STI guidelines, addressing antimicrobial resistance in STIs , facilitating the development of new treatments for STIs and STI diagnostic tests and supporting countries to accelerate STI control. She also worked as a team lead for HIV/AIDS and STI in the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office. She has more than twenty-five years of experience in HIV and STI programming in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America with WHO and with Family Health International.
Isidore Tiandiogo Traore
Doctor Isidore Tiandiogo TRAORE is lecturer in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Department of Public Heath, of the Université Nazi Boni. He is also a clinical researcher at the Centre MURAZ, National Institut of Public Heath in Burkina Faso. He has been an investigator or principal investigator of several research projects on infectious diseases, including STIs, HIV/AIDS conducted in Burkina Faso in order to provide the Ministry of Health with information to take appropriate control measures.
He is also coordinating a networking project in West Africa entitled: Capacity Building for Operational Research on Health Information Systems and Sexual and Reproductive Health in West Africa.