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Desmond M. Tutu Professor of Public Health and Human Rights
- Adjunct
Chris Beyrer

Departmental Affiliations

Infectious Disease Epidemiology
School of Nursing
School of Medicine

Contact Info

615 N. Wolfe Street, Suite E7152
410 614-8371

Research Interests

HIV/AIDS;molecular epidemiology;human rights;China;Burma;Russia;Thailand;Kazakhstan;HIV vaccines
Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
SUNY Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn
HIV/AIDS preventive interventions, including HIV vaccine clinical trials and preparedness studies. Epidemiology and molecular epidemiology of HIV. Substance use and narcotics reaserch. Public health and human rights.
Honors & Awards
Elected, Institute of Medicine, 2014.   President, International AIDS Society (IAS), 2014-16.  2000, Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society, Alpha Chapter, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore; Recipient, 1999 Charlotte Silverman Fund Award for Epidemiology and Policy, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health; Nominee, 1999, for the First Jonathan Mann Prize in Health and Human Rights; Winner, 1988 Lowell E. Bellin Award for Excellence in Preventive Medicine and Community Health. S.U.N.Y Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn; Recipient, Dr. Michael Kenny International Fellowship Fund Grant for study in India, 1987; Elected, Alpha Omega Alpha, S.U.N.Y. Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn, 1987; Elected, Phi Beta Kappa, Hobart and Wm. Smith Colleges, 1980.
Select Publications
  • Baral S, Trapence G, Motimedi F, Umar E, Iipinge S, Dausab F, Beyrer C. HIV prevalence, risks for HIV infection, and human rights among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Malawi, Namibia, and Botswana. PLoS ONE. 2009;4(3):e4997. Epub 2009 Mar 26.

  • Teela KC, Mullany LC, Lee CI, Poh E, Paw P, Masenior N, Maung C, Beyrer C, Lee TJ. Community-based delivery of maternal care in conflict-affected areas of eastern Burma: perspectives from lay maternal health workers. Soc Sci Med. 2009 Apr;68(7):1332-40. Epub 2009 Feb 18.

  • Beyrer C. Hidden yet happening: the epidemics of sexually transmitted infections and HIV among men who have sex with men in developing countries. Sex Transm Infect. 2008 June;84(6):410-2.

  • Beyrer C, Lee TJ. Responding to infectious diseases in Burma and her border regions. Confl. Health. 2008 Mar 14;2(1):2.

  • Saavedra J, Izazola-Licea JA, Beyrer C. Sex between men in the context of HIV: The AIDS 2008 Jonathan Mann Memorial Lecture in health and human rights. J Int AIDS Soc. 2008 Dec 24;11(1):9.

Community-Based Vct: Thailand
JHU-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program
AIDS International Training and Research Program (Fogarty AITRP)
Center for Public Health and Human Rights
Reducing Global Inequities in Burden of Disease
MOM (Mobile Obstetric Maternal Health Workers) Project
Building Capacity for the Delivery and Assessment of Adapted Maternal Health Interventions for Internally Displaced Persons in Burma
Southern Asia HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Unit
Johns Hopkins University-Guangxi, China Clinical Trials Unit
Partnership for Building the Capacity of Makerere University to Improve Health Outcomes in Uganda
Understanding Risk Factors for HIV and Creating Innovative Prevention Interventions in Kazakhstan: Project Renaissance
Responding to Burma's Pro-Democracy Movement
Gay, Bisexual, and MSM in Moscow, Russia: Identity, Health Risks, and Stigma
HIV/STI Risks Among Migrant Male Workers in Kazakhstan
Couples-based HIV/STI Prevention for Injecting Drug Users in Kazakhstan
Evaluating a pilot combination HIV prevention intervention for Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) in Malawi
HVTN Associate Director for Sites in Asia and Eastern Europe & Chair, IDU Trials Working Group
HIV Epidemic Among People Who Use Drugs
Promotion of sexual health, HIV prevention, and health services among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in Almaty, Kazakhstan
Providing Health and HIV Technical Support within Burma and Building International Support for the Realization of Democracy and Rights in Burma
A Package of Combination HIV Prevention Interventions for MSM in Southern Africa
Training in HIV-related Non-communicable Disease Complications in Malawi
Continuum of Care Innovations for GMT in Burma/Myanmar
HIV Investment Case Development
IAS Presidency Support
Johns Hopkins HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Sciences Training Program
High Risk Men: Identity, Health Risks, and Stigma
The Johns Hopkins Fogarty AIDS International Training & Research Program (AITRP)
Effectiveness of combination HIV preventive interventions for young Thai MSM
Simulation of HIV Epidemic among Baltimore’s MSM