Keynote Speakers

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Dr Stephanie Salyer

DVM, MPH, DACVPM, Technical Advisor Africa CDC

Dr. Stephanie Salyer is a technical advisor to Africa CDC’s Division of Surveillance and Disease Intelligence, supporting their event-based surveillance and One Health programmes. She obtained a doctorate in veterinary medicine and a master’s in public health at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, focusing her research on zoonotic diseases at the animal-human interface like cryptosporidium and avian influenza. She completed a post-graduate clinical internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Animal Medical Center in New York City and a field epidemiology fellowship in the US CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. 

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Dr Peninah Munyua

PhD (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Nairobi)

Epidemiologist and Director for One Health program, Division of Global Health Protection at US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Kenya. She has over 12 years of public health research experience in epidemiology of infectious diseases, including zoonoses at the human-animal interface including influenza viruses, Brucellosis, Rift valley fever and Middle East Respiratory Corona viruses. She has also greatly contributed and participated in translation of research findings to strengthen public health systems

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Dr Jo Halliday

BSc, MRes, PhD (Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow)

Dr Jo Halliday is a senior lecturer in zoonoses epidemiology at the University of Glasgow.  She has over 15 year’s experience undertaking field investigations of zoonotic pathogens at the interfaces between humans and domestic or peri-domestic animal populations.  Her work is focused on a set of endemic bacterial zoonoses that cause human illness and livestock productivity impacts globally and for which fundamental gaps in our knowledge remain regarding transmission processes, the impacts of infection in different populations and the potential impacts of improved surveillance and control strategies.

Abstract Presenters

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Caitlin MacIntyre

Caitlin MacIntyre is an MSc candidate within the Department of Medical Virology at the University of Pretoria. Her research focuses on a One Health investigation of West Nile virus in South Africa. Caitlin obtained her BSc in Microbiology with distinction and was awarded a Golden Key International Honours Society membership. She graduated top of her class in BSc Honours in Medical Virology.

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Jean Bosco Ntivuguruzwa

Jean Ntivuguruzwa is interested in zoonotic diseases. He is lecturer and junior researcher at the University of Rwanda. He is currently finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

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Solita Pillay

Solita Pillay qualified as a veterinarian from the University of Pretoria in 2013. An interest in One Health prompted her to join The South African Field Epidemiology Training Programme at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases to obtain an MPH in public health that she is currently completing.

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Milton Mapatse

Milton Mapatse is a Veterinarian, Lecturer and Researcher at the Eduardo Mondlane University (EMU), Mozambique. Dr Milton has been working in tropical animal disease control for more than 10 years. He obtained a PhD degree in Veterinary Science from the UP in 2021. Currently, is a director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of EMU and member of the Order of Veterinarians of Mozambique.

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Dr Adriano Mendes

Adriano grew up in Johannesburg and attended Rhodes University where he graduated in the Microbiology department with an MSc, studying Tetraviruses of insects. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2012 he subsequently went to the US to do his PhD at Purdue University. He worked on Sinbdis virus and graduated in 2018. He has since returned to SA at UP as a Post-Doc.

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Veerle Msimang

Since 2012, Veerle has been epidemiologist for the Centre for Emerging Zoonotic and Parasitic Diseases, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, National Health Laboratory Service, in South Africa. 

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Nnomo Mbarga Catherine Josiane

Nnomo is a veterinary doctor and rural sociologist with training in field epidemiology. Nnomo’s research interests are public health issues, Zonotic diseases and one health approach. She is working as a project assistant in the infection disease detection and surveillance project of the United States agency for development (IDDS/USAID) in Cameroon.

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Dr Begna Tulu Eticha

Dr. Begna is an Asso. Prof. of Tropical & Infectious Diseases at Bahir Dar University. He is also serving as a Research Consultant in the safety of Packed Food and Vegetables grown by waste water. He is also involved in the ANTICOV clinical trial project being conducted in collaboration with the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belhium and Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia.

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Parbati Phuyal

Parbati is a Ph.D. student at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and works at Goethe University Frankfurt. Her area of expertise is Social science, environmental science, and environmental health. Her work focuses on the interdisciplinary field in the study country Nepal. She is also a member of the German Alliance for Global Health Research and the National Research Platform for Zoonoses.

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Mwiza Kazimbaya

Mwiza Kazimbaya is an associate researcher fellow and acting commercial insects team leader in the directorate of animal resources and technology transfer at RAB. He guides research, need assessment, planning, and proposal development for research addressing the breeding, feeding , disease and pest control improved commercial insects production.

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Dr Shamsudeen Fagbo

Dr. Fagbo is a Saudi Arabia based One Health epidemiologist. His veterinary/public health training positioned him to lead the first field investigation of MERS when it emerged in 2012.

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Stephen Tembo

Stephen holds an MSc in Veterinary tropical diseases (with distinction) from University of Pretoria. He graduated from University of Zambia with a bachelor in veterinary medicine. He has been working as a public veterinarian in Zambia for the past 16 years. He oversaw and coordinate animal health and disease control interventions in 16 districts of Western Province, Zambia.

Poster Presenters

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Isabel Brosius

Isabel Brosius is an internal medicine and infectious diseases specialist, from the Unit of Tropical Diseases at ITM. She joined the Outbreak Research Team to focus on emerging infectious diseases and particularly zoonoses.

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Francesca Falconi

Francesca is a PhD student at the University of Antwerp. Her PhD project, conducted time partly between the Institutes of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp and the Alexander von Humboldt in Lima, is focused on the evolution of the antibody response against dengue virus using a peptide microarray with the ultimate aim to discover epitope biomarkers for the serological diagnosis of dengue.

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Friederike Reuss

Friederike holds a B.Sc. in Biology and a M.Sc. in Ecology and Evolution . From 2014-2021, she was a member PhD student and PostDoc at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre Frankfurt. Since 2021, she worked at the at the Goethe University Frankfurt performing insect bioassays, stage-dependent modelling, (molecular) laboratory experiments and field collections.

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Enyew Yechale Ambaw

Enyew obtained an Education – MPHM (Masters of public Health) from ULB, Brussels, Belgium – MSc in tropical & infectious Diseases. He has worked as a Lecturer at Deber Birhan University and  a Project officer at UNFPA (UNITED NATIONS).

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Samuel Mantip

Samuel is a PVRO at the NVRI, Vom, Plateau State, Nigeria. He has a Masters degree in Veterinary Science (Virology) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is a Fellow, Institute of Management Consultants and I also had my PhD at the University of Abomey Calavi, Cotonou, Benin Republic. He published 14 journal articles and 15 conference presentations.

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Isabelle Kramer

Isabelle Kramer is a Ph.D. student at the Medical Entomology Department (Goethe University Frankfurt) in Germany, since 2017. Her work focuses on vector ecology as well as population genetics. She is studying differences in the ecophysiological plasticity between populations of Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus sampled along an altitudinal temperature gradient in Nepal.

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Carlo Andrea Cossu

Carlo Andrea Cossu was born in Cagliari, Italy, and graduated from the University of Padua, Italy, in December 2020 with a Master’s degree in Veterinary Medicine.Carlo is currently a postgraduate researcher under the supervision of Prof. Henriette van Heerden at the Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

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Linda Djune Yemeli

Linda is a PhD Candidate. Her research has already led to various publications. She is member of CANTAM, an Ambassador of Immunopaedia and one of the Awardees of the 2021 RSTMH small grant program

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Dr Mangoni Ntombe Palmi Patrick

Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Public Health (MPH), UNIVERITY OF KINSHASA Fellow in Epidemiology, CREDO/IMT-INRB Project

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Christianah Odita

Christianah’s qualifications include a DVM, 2002 University of Ibadan, Nigeria MVPH, 2005 University of Ibadan, Nigeria MSc, 2015 The Royal Veterinary College, University of London PhD [in view] University of Pretoria, South Africa. She works as an Epidemiologist at the National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom, Nigeria. She is married and a mother of two.

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Lieve Vanleeuw

Lieve Vanleeuw is a Senior Scientist at the South African Medical Research Council. Her research focuses on Tuberculosis, HIV, adolescent health, health systems and social protection in South Africa. Lieve Vanleeuw is a Senior Scientist at the South African Medical Research Council. Her research focuses on Tuberculosis, HIV, adolescent health, health systems and social protection in South Africa.

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Seid Getahun

Seid Getahun Abdela was trained as a medical doctor at the University of Gondar and completed his Internal Medicine Speciality training there in 2017. Currently he is working as an assistant professor of Medicine at Wollo University, Ethiopia. He is working as clinician, educator and researcher. Infectious diseases and cardiology are his general areas of interest with a special interest towards neglected tropical diseases. He has extensive clinical experience include routine outpatient and emergency department visits in a wide range of diseases, including chest infections, diarrheal illnesses, acute febrile illnesses including malaria, meningitis. 

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Germaine Kapour 

Germaine Kapour is a PhD student at the University of Kinshasa, Kinshasa,The Democratic Republic  of Congo.