The Africa Centers for Disease Control has announced that it has appointed its first director as Dr. John Nkengasong, a seasoned virologist, last Saturday November 3, 2016.
Dr. John Nkengasong is the Associate Director of Laboratory Science and Chief of the International Laboratory Branch at the Division of Global HIV/AIDS, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States. He also co-chairs the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief’s (PEPFAR) Laboratory Technical Working Group.
Between 1993-95 he was Chief of the Virology and World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on HIV diagnostics at the Department of Microbiology, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium. He joined CDC in 1995 as Chief of the Virology Laboratory at CDC-Cote d’Ivoire in Abidjan.
Dr. Nkengasong’s extensive work on HIV diagnosis, pathogenesis, and HIV drug resistance has been consistently published since 1988, spanning over 120 papers in journals such as the Lancet, Journal of Virology, Journal of Infectious Diseases, and Journal of Clinical Microbiology. His portfolio includes multiple published book chapters on implementation of HIV therapy in resource-limited areas.
Dr. Nkengasong has been the recipient of a number of awards including the US Secretary of Health and Human Services Award for Excellence in Public Health Protection Research and multiple Director’s Recognition Awards. He has been nominated for the Agency’s prestigious Shepard Award several times and continues to serve on numerous international advisory boards and journal review panels. Dr. Nkengasong spearheaded the creation of the African Society for Laboratory Medicine.
Dr. Nkengasong received a Master of Tropical Biomedical Science from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, in addition to a Masters Degree in Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and a PhD in Medical Sciences (Virology) from the University of Brussels, School of Medicine, Belgium.
Bio of Dr Nkengasong first appeared here
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