Scientific Co-Chairs

David Lewis, Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre, University of Sydney, Australia

David Lewis is Director of the Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre and Professor at the University of Sydney. He is also the Discipline Leader for STI/HIV within the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity.  David’s research interests include antimicrobial resistance and surveillance of STI pathogens, bacterial causes of urethral discharge andgenital ulcer syndromes as well as STI care in resource-poor settings. He is the Immediate Past President of the International Union against STIs.  David is a Joint Editor of Sexual Health and, for over a decade, served as Deputy Editor for Sexually Transmitted Infections. David frequently assists the World Health Organization in matters related to STI treatment guidelines and strategic initiatives, point-of-care diagnostics and the Gonococcal Antimicrobial Susceptibility Programme (GASP). He also provides technical support to the Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership (GARDP) with the strategic objective of bringing new antimicrobial agents for gonorrhoea into clinical practice.

James Blanchard, Professor, Departments of Community Health Sciences and Medical Microbiology, Director, Centre for Global Public Health, Canada Research Chair in Epidemiology and Global Public Health, Faculty of Medicine University of Manitoba

Dr. Blanchard is an epidemiologist and public health specialist focusing on global health. He received an MD from the University of Manitoba and an MPH and PhD in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University. He is a Professor and the Director of the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Global Public Health and holds a Canada Research Chair in Epidemiology and Global Public Health. His research focuses on how the characteristics of individuals, communities and large populations contribute to the local and global distribution of communicable and non-communicable diseases. Over the past twenty-five years he has also provided leadership to the design and implementation of large public health programs related to sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS and maternal, neonatal and child health in Canada, India, other Asian countries and Africa. He is actively engaged with policy makers and public health leaders to translate scientific knowledge and approaches to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of public health programs, with an emphasis on improving the health of disadvantaged populations.

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