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Keynote Lectures

Keynote Lectures are highly attended, target a broad audience and last 60 minutes, including time for discussion. Renowned experts share their knowledge, shed light on recent findings and give perspective to recent advancements in the field.

   Prof. Arturo Casadevall
   Chair, Department of Molecular Microbiology and    Immunology
   Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
   Baltimore, USA

Arturo Casadevall, M.D., Ph.D., is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (Baltimore, USA). He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from New York University and completed his internship/residency in internal medicine at Bellevue Hospital. The author of over 780 papers, numerous books and chapters, his major research interests are in fungal pathogenesis and the mechanisms of antibody action.
Prof. Casadevall is editor-in-chief of mBio, Deputy Editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation and serves on several numerous editorial boards. He has served on several NIH committees including the NIAID Strategic Plan, the Blue Ribbon Panel on Biodefense Research, the NAS panel that reviewed the FBI investigation on anthrax attacks, the NAS Federal Regulations and Reporting committee and the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity. He was a Commissioner in the National Commission on Forensic Science and previously served as President of the Medical Mycology Society of the Americas. He is currently the Chair the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Microbiology. Prof. Casadevall has received numerous honors including election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, American Academy of Physicians, American Academy of Microbiology, Fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine.

The title of Prof. Casadevall’s Keynote lecture at the 30th ECCMID will be “On virulence”.

   Prof. Pascale Cossart
   Department of Cell Biology & Infection
   Institute Pasteur
   Paris, France

After studying chemistry in Lille (France), Prof. Pascale Cossart obtained her master degree at Georgetown University (Washington, D.C., USA). Back in France, she obtained her Ph.D. in Paris at the Institut Pasteur where she is now heading the “Bacteria-Cell Interactions” unit. After studying DNA-protein interactions, in 1986 she started to study the molecular and cellular basis of infections by intracellular bacteria using as a model the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Her research has led to new concepts in infection and cell biology, and she is considered a pioneer in the field of cellular microbiology.
Prof. Cossart’s scientific contributions have been recognized by several international awards, including the L’Oreal/Unesco Prize for Women in Science (1998), the Richard Lounsbery Prize, (1998), the Robert Koch Prize (2007), the Louis Jeantet Prize for Medicine (2008), the Balzan Prize (2013) and the Heinrich Wieland Prize (2018). She is a member of the French Academy of Sciences, a foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences, of the German Leopoldina, of the Royal Society, of the National Academy of Medicine, and since January 2016 Secrétaire Perpétuel de l’Académie des Sciences.

Prof. Cossart’s Keynote lecture at the 30th ECCMID will focus on Listeria monocytogenes and the title of her talk will be “Infection by intracellular bacteria: The Listeria paradigm”..

   Prof. John P.A. Ioannidis
   Department of Medicine - Med/Stanford & Prevention    Research Center & Infection
   Stanford University
   Stanford, USA

John P.A. Ioannidis is the C.F. Rehnborg Chair in Disease Prevention, Professor of Medicine, of Health Research and Policy, of Biomedical Data Science, and of Statistics at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is also co-Director of the Meta-Research Innovation Center and Director of the PhD program in Epidemiology and Clinical Research at Stanford. He received his M.D. (top rank of his class) and DSc in biopathology from the National University of Athens in 1990. He then attended Harvard University for his medical residency in internal medicine, and Tufts University for a fellowship in infectious diseases. After holding positions at NIH, Johns Hopkins and Tufts, he became chair of the Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology at the University of Ioannina Medical School until 2010, and adjunct professor at Harvard, Tufts, and Imperial College. Prof. Ioannidis has made extraordinary contributions to evidence-based medicine, epidemiology, data science and clinical research. Furthermore, he is considered a pioneer in the field of meta-research. For his scientific contributions, he received numerous awards such as the European Award for Excellence in Clinical Science (2007), the Medal for Distinguished Service, the Chanchlani Global Health Award (2017), the Epiphany Science Courage Award (2018) and the Einstein fellow (2018). Professor Ioannidis’ PLoS Medicine paper on “Why most published research findings are false” has been the most-accessed article in the history of Public Library of Science (>2.8 million hits). His is also the author of 7 literary books in Greek, three of which were shortlisted for best book of the year Anagnostis awards. He was selected as Brave Thinker scientist for 2010 according to Atlantic and considered “may be one of the most influential scientists alive”. His current citation rate (>3,600 new citations per month per Google Scholar) places Prof. Ioannidis among the 10 most-cited scientists in the world.

The title of Prof. Ioannidis’ Keynote lecture at the 30th ECCMID will be "Reproducible research with small and big data in the era of precision medicine"..

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