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Unique August-September Summer Series Masterclasses Global Health Erasmus MC



In August-September 2016, Erasmus MC is hosting a unique series of four Masterclasses by renowned experts in global health from around the world. Global health is one of the target domains of Erasmus MC, which this year is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its School of Medicine, putting global health ambitions center stage: ‘Bridging Ambitions, Building Excellence’.


  1. Friday August 19, 1-4 pm
    Erasmus MC, Lecture Hall 3
    Masterclass on ‘Working in Global Health: WHO Essential Medicines program’, by Professor Hans Hogerzeil.

Hans Hogerzeil currently is Professor of Global Health at Groningen University (Netherlands). After working as a mission doctor, he joined the WHO Action Programme of Essential Drugs in 1985 and was the Director for Essential Medicines and Pharmaceutical Policies from 2008 to 2011.


  1. Wednesday August 24, 9am-1pm
    Erasmus MC, Querido Hall
    Masterclass on ‘Global Health Local: Global Health in Rotterdam’, by Professor Lex Burdorf, Professor Semiha Denktas and Elly van Kooten.

Elly van Kooten is DIrector Public Health Rotterdam. Lex Burdorf is Professor in Determinants of Public Health at Erasmus MC. Semiha Denktas studies environmental, personal, and behavioural characteristics to explain why and how behaviours change, with a focus on vulnerable groups in society.

  1. Wednesday August 31, 2-6 pm
    Erasmus MC. Lecture Hall 1
    Masterclass on ‘WHO & Emerging Infectious Diseases’ by Professor David Heymann and Professor Ab Osterhaus, moderated by Professor Hubert Endtz.

David Heymann is professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, London; and chairman of Public Health England, UK.
Previously he was the World Health Organization’s assistant director-general for Health Security and Environment, and representative of the director-general for polio eradication.  From 1998 to 2003 he was Executive Director of the WHO Communicable Diseases Cluster, during which he headed the global response to SARS.

Ab Osterhaus is a leading Dutch virologist and influenza expert. He is emeritus Professor of Virology at Erasmus MC and responsible for the discovery of the viruses causing SARS and MERS. He is a world leader in influenza and virus discovery. Currently he is Professor of Virology at Utrecht University (Wildlife virology and virus discovery) and Hannover Medical School.

Hubert Endtz is a Professor of Tropical Bacteriology at Erasmus MC and Scientific Director at the Fondation Merieux, Lyon.  Until 2012 he directed the Centre for Food and Waterborne Diseases and the Laboratory Sciences Division at the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B). Recently, he chaired a WHO expert group on global campylobacteriosis, which has been a main focus of his research.


  1. Wednesday September 7, 12 – 4 pm
    Erasmus MC, Lecture Hall 1
    Masterclass on ‘Global Health & the HIV/AIDS Pandemic’, by Professor Stefano Vella, moderated by Professor Charles Boucher.

Stefano Vella received his degree in Medicine (MD) from the University of Rome in 1977. He subsequently achieved specialty degrees in both Infectious Diseases (1982) and Internal Medicine (1987). In 1991, he was appointed Research Director of HIV/AIDS at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), the Italian National Institute of Health. Dr Vella is currently the coordinator of the – European Commission funded – HIV Clinical Trials Network (NEAT) which includes 16 European countries. Since 1996, as Member of the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society [IAS] and subsequently as IAS President (2000-2002), he actively worked towards promoting access to treatment and care in the South of the World and moving the international AIDS conferences in the South of the World. Dr Vella is Vice President with Francoise Barrè Sinoussi, of the Scientific Council, ANRS (Agence Nationale e Recherche sur le Sida) Paris, France.
Dr Vella is Special Scientific Advisor to the UNAIDS and Chair of the 2013 WHO HIV Treatment Guidelines Panel.

Charles Boucher received his MD cum laude at the Academic Medical Center in 1987. In 1993 he finished his PhD in Virology at the University of Amsterdam. He published over 250 peer reviewed papers, that have appeared in Science, New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Nature Medicine, Journal of Infectious Diseases and AIDS He coordinated several success European funded programs. He is the coordinator of a large network (33 countries) in Europe that studies the transmission of drug resistant HIV and chairs the European Society for Antiviral Research (ESAR). His current position is professor in Virology at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, clinical microbiologist at the Erasmus Medical Center, coordinator of the Honours Class within the medical curriculum and scientific director at Virology Education, Utrecht, Netherlands.

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