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
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
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
Prof. Elizabeth Murchison
Department of Veterinary Medicine
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Prof. Laura J.V. Piddock
Institute of Microbiology and Infection
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Prof. Rotem Sorek
Department of Genetics
Weizmann Institute of Science
Prof. Anuradha Chowdhary
Head, Department of Medical Mycology,
Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute
University of Delhi, India
Prof. Brigitte Autran
Sorbonne Université (Univ. Paris 06)
Brigitte Autran, MD, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Immunology at Sorbonne-Université Faculty of Medicine and conducts her researches at Cimi-Paris (Center for researches in Immunology and Infectious Diseases), Paris, France. She and her team have developed key researches on the immunology of HIV, viruses and vaccines. She is internationally recognized for her contributions in the immunology of HIV with the first demonstrations of: i) Immune defenses against HIV, with the first description of Cytotoxic T Lymphocytes specific for HIV and numerous contributions characterizing T Lymphocytes directed against HIV, thus providing a rationale for vaccines against HIV; ii) Reconstitution of the immune system with anti-retroviral therapies, opening a new era in the immunology of AIDS; iii) Therapeutic vaccines and immune-based interventions in HIV-infection with a more recent focus on the immune control of HIV reservoirs and on the development of immune-based strategies towards an HIV cure. Prof. Autran also developed researches on the immunology of vaccines against other viruses, particularly in immune suppressed individuals, and has acted as an expert for Vaccines at the French Ministry of Health and at WHO, and co-founded CoReVac, the French AVIESAN/I3M consortium on vaccine researches.
The title of Prof. Autran’s Keynote lecture at the 30th ECCMID will be “Immune control of HIV infection”.
Prof. Hermann Goossens
University of Antwerp
Prof. Herman Goossens is a full professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Antwerp in Belgium since 1992, director of the laboratory of Clinical Microbiology at the University Hospital Antwerp since 1992 and director of Laboratory Medicine of the University Hospital Antwerp since 1997. His professional goal is to bridge the gap between basic and clinical research, with a major focus on antibiotic resistance, to enhance the standard of healthcare, public health and professional standards, for the good of the public in large. Prof. Goossens’s current research is focused in five areas. First, the detection and genetic mechanisms involved in the emergence and evolution of antibiotic resistance and virulence in bacteria and its epidemiological and ecological bases and implications. Second, studying antimicrobial use in hospitals, the community and long-term care facilities, developing indicators of use and quality of prescribing, initially in Europe, later globally, focusing on Low and Middle Income Countries. Third, linking scientific and clinical research throughout Europe in lower respiratory tract infections, in primary health care and hospital medical practice. Fourth, better prepare Europe for emerging infectious diseases and pandemics. Fifth, building a network of more than 800 diagnostic labs in more than 40 countries in Europe to support clinical trials that investigate the utility of new antimicrobial strategies and diagnostics. Prof. Goossens authored more than 600 Web of Science cited papers, and his papers have been cited close to 25,000 times. In 2008 Prof. Goossens obtained the prestigious status of Methusalem top-scientist from the Flemish government.
The title of Prof. Goossens’s Keynote lecture at the 30th ECCMID will be “Transcending European clinical research in infectious diseases through collaboration to break down traditional silos”.
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