Prof Vinny Naidoo

Vinny qualified as a veterinarian (Cum Laude) from the Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA) in 2001 and finished his post-graduate training (MSc and PhD) at the Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Pretoria (UP). Vinny was awarded specialist status in Veterinary Pharmacology with the SAVC in 2008. He is currently a Professor in Veterinary Pharmacology within the Department of Paraclinical Sciences and Director of the University of Pretoria Biomedical Research Centre (UPBRC). He is also actively involved in the regulatory veterinary activities and holds the positions of: member of the Medicines Control Council (MCC) of South Africa; Chair of the veterinary clinical committee of the MCC; Technical advisor to the Registrar of Stock Remedies; Member of the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC); Chair of the Education Committee of the SAVC; and chair of the Medicines Committee of the South African Veterinary Association. 

Dr Marc-Alain Widdowson

Dr Marc-Alain Widdowson graduated from the University of Cambridge in Biological Anthropology and Veterinary Medicine and completed a MSc in Communicable Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a seasoned infectious disease epidemiologist and has managed scientific projects throughout the world, with field experience.  Marc-Alain First worked for the UK Department for International Development in Zimbabwe then Bolivia focusing on cysticercosis, trichinella, rabies and Foot-and -Mouth disease.  Marc-Alain then completed the European Program for Intervention Epidemiology Training in the Netherlands before moving to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to work initially with viral gastroenteritis.  Following this, Marc-Alain led the international influenza research group at US CDC, working on seasonal and novel influenza as well as leading an Ebola vaccine trial in Sierra Leone.  After 4 years as the Director of the Division of Global Health Protection at CDC-Kenya, leading a range of research initiatives, Marc-Alain was appointed Director of the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp.