Johan Vekemans is a paediatrician, epidemiologist and immunologist working at WHO Initiative for Vaccine Research on the Research and Development framework for vaccines targeting priority diseases of high global public health interest. He has a large experience in vaccine development against tropical/neglected diseases in the context of multi-institutional international collaborations. He previously worked at GSK, leading Phase I-III malaria candidate vaccine development studies including translational science in experimantal human infection models in healthy adults, Phase 3 field trial implementation in healthy infants and neonates and HIV-infected children. His work included research on different vaccine constructs (protein formulated in new adjuvants as well as attenuated live virus vaccines), capacity strengthening of research centers in Africa and investigator medical training. He previously lived and worked at the Medical Research Council, The Gambia and in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He is acting as WHO focal point for Group B Streptococcus, Group A streptococcus, HIV and tuberculosis vaccines research.
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