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Chris Beyrer Named to PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board



Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH, professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been appointed to the newly established Scientific Advisory Board for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The Board will advise Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator for the Department of State, on developments in HIV/AIDS research in an effort to maximize PEPFAR’s scientific contributions. The 48-member Board held its first meetings on January 6 and 7.

As professor in the Bloomberg School’s departments of Epidemiology, International Health, and Health, Behavior and Society, Beyrer has extensive experience in conducting international collaborative research and training programs in HIV/AIDS and other infectious disease epidemiology, HIV and STI prevention research, HIV vaccine preparedness and in health and human rights. He also directs the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health and Human Rights and the Johns Hopkins Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program.

Beyrer currently co-chairs the Injecting Drug Use Working Group of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN). He is also involved in research and/or training activities in Thailand, China, Burma, India, Malawi, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa, Brazil, Russia and Kazakhstan.

John Bartlett, MD, professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was also named to the advisory Board.