Javier qualified in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Santiago, Spain, in 1993. He then studied for a PhD in epidemiology at the same University, conducted research in the USA and Canada as a visiting scientist, and spent a short period doing international cooperation work in Northeast Brazil. After three years working for a diagnostic laboratory and for dairy producers in Galicia, Spain while lecturing part time at the University of Porto in Portugal, he joined The Royal Veterinary College as a Lecturer in Population Medicine in 2002. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006 and in 2010 he was appointed as Professor of Veterinary Public Health. Javier is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health. He is a member of the scientific committee of the Basque Foundation for Food Safety and of the epidemiology working group of the Caribbean Animal Health Network.
Prof.Ayayi Justin AYIH-AKAKPO
Prof. Akakpo is a senior veterinary trained professor of microbiology, immunology and infectious pathology with more than 30 years research and capacity building experience in relation to livestock infectious diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa and in particular on Brucellosis, a field in which he is regarded as one of the main experts in Africa. Prof. Akakpo was recently commissioned an OIE review of the situation of Brucellosis in Africa and has expertise on the situation with regard to Brucellosis control in most West and Central African countries. He regularly called upon to provide expertise on the control of zoonoses and animal health, bringing a broad understanding of the priorities as well as the feasibility of the strategies required in this setting.
Prof. Philippe Kone
Philippe qualified in Veterinary Medicine in 1992 from the University of Dakar. He then went on to complete a masters in tropical health from the Prince Leopold Institue of Tropical Medicine, Belgium, and a masters in Epidemiology form the University of Montreal. In 2014 he completed his PhD at the University of Dakar. He now works as an associate professor at the Ecole Inter-Etats des Sciences et Medecine Vétérinaires de Dakar, Senegal.
Dr Imadidden Musallam
Imadidden qualified in Veterinary medicine and surgery from The Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan in 2000. He worked in veterinary practice until 2003, after that he Joined the Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) as food microbiologist, during that period he got the MSc degree in Food hygiene from the same university in 2009, he did his research about antimicrobial residues in food, and he is also interested in foodborne diseases. In 2012 he joined the Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health Group (EEPH) in the Department of Production and Animal Health in the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), and was awarded his PhD in Veterinary Epidemiology in 2016. His research focused on Brucellosis in the Middle East and particularly in Jordan. He now works at the RVC as a post-doctoral research assistant on ZELS Brucellosis project in West Africa.
Punam works at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) as a senior clinical epidemiologist having previously been a hospital medical registrar and General Practitioner. She has worked for many years on infectious disease research eg measuring the effectiveness of a number of vaccines (particularly influenza and BCG vaccines), examination of levels and trends in the burden of vaccine preventable diseases, assessing syndromic surveillance systems, control of pandemic and seasonal influenza by school closures and vaccines, inequalities in health and has carried out economic evaluations of vaccines. She has had a long standing collaboration on research on zoonotic diseases with RVC. Her other roles include being one of two course directors on the masters in epidemiology at LSHTM and an honorary consultant at Public Health England.
Dr Patrick Nguipdop Djomo
is a clinical research fellow in epidemiology has trained in standard and modern epidemiological methods, obtained at the University of Paris 6 (PGDip in Statistics applied to Medicine and medical Biology) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine (MSc in epidemiology), and together with experience in research on the epidemiology of infectious diseases in West and Central Africa will provide an important link between the project partners. He previously coordinated the national community-based surveillance system for adverse events in the context of mass ivermectin treatment (Cameroon), and collaborated to the development and calibration of a hospital-based in-patient disease surveillance system (Malawi). He also contributed to the implementation of other research projects in Sub-saharan African countries (Cameroon and Malawi), and he is currently coordinating vaccine related research that includes two large nation-wide case control studies in England and is leading on the analysis of linked cohort study data from Norway .
Professor Sylvie Diop (EISMV)
is a senior infectious disease physician and microbiologist. Apart from her clinical responsibilities and the training of medical and other staff at her teaching hospital she has several years experience of internationally collaborative research on important infectious diseases that includes TB, rabies, HIV and viral encephalitis. She leads on the medical aspects of the research in collaboration with laboratory colleagues and with the Institute Pasteur in Dakar.
Dr Jean Marc Feussom
is an assistant professor in veterinary medicine and head of the Animal Disease Surveillance Service in Cameroon His expertise in animal health epidemiology and statistics from his academic training and his work in the Veterinary Services of Cameroon has been applied to research assessing the spatial spread and other aspects of livestock diseases in the region. He also provides expertise in animal health, animal disease surveillance and training of veterinarians including in research methods. Dr. Feussom will bring to the project relevant expertise on the practical work or animal health services in the region and training of research staff coordinating activities in Central African countries from Yaoundé.
Dr John McGiven
John is currently leading a team of six researchers and technicians within the OIE Reference Laboratory for Brucellosis at APHA. The focus of his work is to develop means to improve the diagnosis of disease and improve molecular epidemiology in order to meet the principle requirements within Great Britain. John has an interest in working beyond GB wherever these objectives can be aligned and supported. He is participating in several international projects funded by the BBSRC as well as engaging within global disease networks. John has been working on brucellosis at the APHA since 1996. During this time he has managed routine diagnostics, bacteriology and molecular biology as well as conducting and leading research. He deputises for the Head of the OIE Reference Laboratory and has published papers on the development of novel serological assays for brucellosis and their standardisation. Whilst at the APHA he has obtained an MSc in Immunology from the University of Surrey, and a Graduate Diploma in Statistics from the Open University. He also obtained a PhD in Biochemistry from Imperial College London where he investigated the interaction between the fine structure of the Brucella O-polysaccharide and the corresponding antibody response.
Laura graduated in Veterinary medicine from the University of Glasgow in 2007. After working in development with various NGO’s she completed a masters in Veterinary Epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College in 2013.
‘I am very excited and grateful to be given the opportunity to be part of the doctoral training within the ZELS programme. After working for some time on zoonotic diseases affecting developing nations, I was keen to gain further training by undertaking a PhD. This studentship offers a great platform to undertake such training as part of a large interdisciplinary cohort. I am looking forward to being part of the team at the Royal Veterinary College looking into the many intertwined elements of brucellosis control within West Africa. Undertaking a project within this interdisciplinary team will facilitate a much wider impact on understanding and implementation of affective control strategies for this important zoonotic disease.’
Bhagyalakshmi Chengat ZELS-AS PhD student
‘ I am a veterinarian trained in India and have been working as a research assistant on zoonotic diseases and other livestock diseases, since I finished MSc in Control of infectious diseases in animals. As a ZELS-AS PhD student, I will be studying food safety of milk borne pathogens in periurban dairy farming systems in West Africa. From E coli O157:H7 to tapeworms food borne diseases pose a global threat with a huge impact in developing countries. I am excited about the opportunity to work on the topic I am passionate about and that has a significant impact on human lives. I feel extremely grateful to be part of ZELS cohort. It will be enlightening to interact with researchers from different disciplines. I am really looking forward to be part of a global network of experienced and young researchers.’
Anne trained as a veterinarian and also graudated from a masters in animal health epidemiology in France. She gained work experience in Africa; first on a research project in South Africa (health and epidemiological surveillance system in cattle) and lately in Gabon, working as a vet in a sanctuary for great apes. She has been working at RVC since February 2015, where she is involved in various research projects.