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André Kalil

USA

Dr. Kalil is a physician, professor of Medicine, and researcher at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. He is currently the Director of the Transplant Infectious Diseases Program at the University of Nebraska. Dr. Kalil has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2021 Scientist Laureate Award. He is a member of a number of professional organizations, has been a peer-reviewer and editor for major medical journals, and has published over three hundred PubMed indexed scientific articles.

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Andreas Alois Reis

World Health Organization (WHO) - Switzerland

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Alejandra Macchi

Argentina

Médica: Diploma de Honor - Universidad de Salvador |1980-1986 Residencia de Clínica Médica Hospital Aeronáutico Central | 1987-1990 Fellowship en Enfermedades Infecciosas Hospital Británico | 1990-1992 Diplomatura Universitaria de Gestión en Salud. Universidad de Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales | 2018 Miembro de Sociedad Argentina de Infectología (2001-Presente) –Comisiones de Vacunas y de Gestión. Miembro fundador de la Sociedad Latinoamericana de Medicina del Viajero-Comisión de vacunas.

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Alfonso Rodriguez-Morales

Colômbia

Prof. Alfonso J. Rodríguez-Morales, MD, MSc, DTM&H, DipEd, FRSTM&H(Lon), FFTM RCPS(Glasg), FACE, FISAC, HonDSc Fundacion Universitaria Autonoma de las Americas (Colombia) / Universidad Cientifica del Sur (Peru) / Lebanese American University (Lebanon) Senior Researcher and Faculty, Faculty of Medicine, Fundación Universitaria Autónoma de las Américas, Pereira, Colombia. Researcher and Faculty, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad Científica del Sur, Lima, Peru. Non-Resident Faculty Researcher, Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine, Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon. Dr. Rodriguez-Morales is an expert in tropical and emerging diseases, particularly in zoonotic and vector-borne diseases, including COVID-19 and Mpox, and their occurrence among travelers and migrants, as well as its approach under the One Health lens. President, Latin American Society for Travel Medicine (SLAMVI) (2023-2025). Past-President, Colombian Association of Infectious Diseases (ACIN) (2021-2023). Member, Committee on Tropical Medicine, Zoonoses, and Travel Medicine, ACIN. Member of the Council, International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) (2020-2026). Editor-in-Chief, Travel Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Full Member of European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID). Member of the ESCMID Study Group for Infections in Travelers and Migrants (ESGITM). Member of the American Society for Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTM&H). Member of the International Society for Travel Medicine (ISTM). Member of the Steering Council of the Membership Committee of the ISTM. He was member of the Technical Working Group of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Global Research Agenda on Health and Migration and the 3rd Global Consultation on the Health of Migrants and Refugees (co-organized by WHO, UNHCR and IOM) (2023). H index 63 (Scopus)

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Anne McCarthy

Canadá

Dr McCarthy is the President-elect of the International Society of Travel Medicine. She is past Chair of Canada’s Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel, as well as the Clinical Group of the American Society of Tropical Medicine. She is a co-director of the Asian Clinical Tropical Medicine Course that takes part every 2 years in Thailand and Cambodia. Anne spent her early career in the Canadian Military, serving 20 years. During this time she deployed to Rwanda, Haiti and Cambodia which provided real life clinical experience with many tropical diseases and drove home the need to prevent these illnesses in military members and travelers. She is Professor of Medicine at University of Ottawa and Infectious Disease Physician at the Ottawa Hospital, where she is an Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine Clinician. She is also a Site Director for the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network and CanTravNet. Her research includes medical education, and clinical studies related to infectious disease, travel medicine, malaria, migrant health, and global health.

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Cecilia Perret

Chile

Médico, Infectóloga Pediatra Profesor titular de la Escuela de Medicina, Departamento de Enfermedades Infecciosas e Inmunología Pediátricas. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Diploma en Medicina Tropical y Medicina del Viajero. Universidad Cayetano Heredia, Perú y Universito of Alabama, Birmingham Magister en Enfermedades Tropicales Pediátricas en la Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Reino Unido Jefa del Departamento de Enfermedades Infecciosas e Inmunología Pediátricas. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Jefa de Programa de Enfermedades Infecciosas del Niño. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

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David Hamer

USA

Davidson Hamer, MD is a Professor of Global Health and Medicine at the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine, the co-lead of the climate change and emerging infectious diseases research core at the BU Center on Emerging Infectious Diseases, and an attending physician in infectious diseases and Director of the Travel Clinic at Boston Medical Center. From 2014 to 2021, Dr. Hamer served as the principal investigator and, since September 2021, as the Surveillance Lead, of GeoSentinel, a global surveillance network of 70 sites in 30 countries that uses returning travelers, immigrants, and refugees as sentinels of disease emergence and transmission patterns throughout the world.

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Marina Caskey

USA

Dr. Caskey is a Professor of Clinical Investigation at The Rockefeller University. Her work focuses on the development and clinical evaluation of novel immunotherapeutic strategies against infectious diseases, with a special emphasis on HIV.  Caskey has led a series of early-phase clinical studies to evaluate the safety and efficacy of broadly neutralizing anti-HIV antibodies. These studies have revitalized this area of HIV research, which had been abandoned after first-generation antibodies failed to show significant effects in humans. Broadly neutralizing antibodies are now considered one of the most promising strategies to achieve HIV remission, as well as potential alternatives to antiretrovirals for both therapy and prevention.

Dr. Caskey graduated from medical school at the Federal University of Sergipe in Brazil. She then completed an internal medicine residency at Saint Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, in New York, followed by fellowship training in infectious diseases at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center.  Dr. Caskey is also an attending physician in infectious diseases at Weill Cornell Medicine Center and an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation.

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Miguel Cabada

USA

Dr. Miguel Cabada is an Associate Professor and Director Ad Interim of the Division of Infectious Diseases at University of Texas Medical Branch and Director of the Cusco Branch of the Alexander von Humboldt Tropical Medicine Institute at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Dr. Cabada is a practicing physician with expertise in general infectious diseases and tropical medicine and a scientist with expertise in epidemiological and translational studies. He heads a research program in the Cusco region of Peru to study neglected tropical parasites, travel related illnesses, and emerging causes of undifferentiated fever. His main focus is on the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, and control of helminths affecting the local population. Dr. Cabada is the principal investigator for several federally funded studies on Fasciola hepatica and travel related illnesses. He serves in different roles at the Latin American Society of Travel Medicine, the International Society of Travel Medicine, and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

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Thomas Weitzel

USA

Thomas Weitzel is a German physician specialized in Tropical and Travel Medicine. He obtained his medical training in Clinical Microbiology, Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Tropical Medicine in Germany. From 2000 to 2009, he was Head of the Diagnostic Laboratory and lecturer at the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charité Berlin. Since 2009 he works in Santiago, Chile, where he is Head of the Travel Medicine Program at Clínica Alemana. He is a faculty member of the medical school, Universidad del Desarrollo, receiving his full professorship in 2015. His main research interests are vector-borne and travel-related infections. Up to date, he has published >20 book chapters and >120 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is member of the Advisory Board of Travel Medicine (StAR) of the German Society of Tropical Medicine (DTG), and serves as a guest lecturer for Tropical Medicine and Parasitology at Universidad de Chile and Charité University Medicine Berlin.

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