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Coordinating Committee of Scientific Activities (CCSA)

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The CCSA coordinates the development of the scientific programme of the Union World Conference and oversees approval of official statements and other policy-related decisions.

Keren Middelkoop, Chair

Dr Middelkoop is a clinician researcher at Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, in the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (University of Cape Town), performing HIV and TB research. She has been involved in a number of projects spanning HIV and TB research. Dr Middelkoop’s early research involved clinical trials for HIV vaccine candidates and antiretroviral treatment options. Over the past 12 years Dr Middelkoop has focused on largely public health and epidemiology research, including running a number of community based studies on the HIV epidemic and its impact on community TB disease rates and transmission. Dr Middelkoop is currently pursuing her interests in TB transmission studies and expanding her skills in the field of molecular epidemiology. She has co-authored over 38 papers, was the first recipient of the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease’s Young Investigator of the Year award in 2011, and was awarded the AU-TWAS (African Union - The World Academy of Sciences) Young Scientist National Award in 2014.

CCSA Committee members

Subgroup 1

  • Keren Middelkoop, Chair
  • Kevin Schwartzman, TB Section Chair
  • Alaine Umubyeyi Nyaruhirira, Bacteriology and Immunology Sub-Section Chair
  • Amanda Christensen, NAPs Sub-Section Chair
  • Simeon Cadmus, Zoonotic TB Sub-Section Chair
  • Andrew Steenhoff, Adult & Child Lung Health Section Chair
  • Amy Bloom, HIV Section Chair
  • Omara Dogar, Tobacco Control Section Chair
  • Grania Brigden, Director, Department of TB and HIV
  • Gan Quan, Director, Department of Tobacco Control
  • Ajay Kumar, Director, Department of Research
  • Paula I Fujiwara, Scientific Director
  • Kevin Mortimer, Director, Department of Lung Health 

Subgroup 2

  • Keren Middelkoop, Chair
  • Anete Trajman, Conference Programme Lead
  • Anthony Richard, Conference Programme Lead
  • Niesje Jansen, Conference Programme Lead
  • Frederick Quinn, Conference Programme Lead
  • Lisa Cranmer, Conference Programme Lead
  • Tom Boyles, Conference Programme Lead
  • Elif Dagli, Conference Programme Lead
  • Ingrid Schoeman, Civil Society Representative
  • Grania Brigden, Institute representative
  • Paula Fujiwara, Scientific Director, EMT representative
  • Paul Jensen, Director, Policy & Strategy
  • Zohar Mor, President, Europe Region
  • Kevin Mortimer, Director, Department of Lung Health