News Release: School of Medicine , School of Public Health

Mar. 25,  2010

Keith P. Klugman Named President-Elect of International Society for Infectious Diseases

The International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) has appointed Emory University Professor Keith P. Klugman, PhD, president-elect. He will assume the society's position of president in 2012.

Klugman is the William H. Foege professor of global health at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health and professor of medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, in the Emory School of Medicine. He also is a visiting researcher, Respiratory Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and director of the Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The ISID is committed to improving the care of patients with infectious diseases, the training of clinicians and researchers in infectious diseases and microbiology, and the control of infectious diseases around the world.

"We take great pride in Dr. Klugman's accomplishments and in his leadership role in global health," says Carlos del Rio, MD, Hubert Professor of Global Health and chair of the Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health. "He exemplifies the spirit and dedication of our faculty in translating research and knowledge into programs that directly benefit the health of the world's populations."

Klugman joined Emory in October 2000 after serving as director of the South African Institute for Medical Research, professor of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and chair of the School of Pathology at the University of the Witwatersrand. He trained in his native country of South Africa and is a registered specialist in both South Africa and the United Kingdom. Klugman did his postdoctoral research at Rockefeller University in New York.

Klugman has served as a member of numerous international committees including those of the World Health Organization and the Institute of Medicine. He chairs the Wellcome Trust Tropical Interview Committee in London. He serves as editor or member of the editorial board of 10 international journals on medicine, infectious diseases, vaccines and antimicrobial research. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

His research focuses on the emergence of antibiotic resistant strains of pneumococci, leading to predictions about the spread of resistance and the development of policies on immunization, along with research regarding acute respiratory infections, bacterial vaccines and typhoid fever.

The goals of ISID are to increase the knowledge base of infectious diseases through research and enhance the professional development of individuals in this discipline, extend and transfer technical expertise in infectious diseases and microbiology, and create and foster partnerships for the control and cost-effective management of infectious diseases around the world.


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