Jong-Yil Chai Korea Topic: Foodborne Trematode Infections in Asia
Jong-Yil Chai is Professor Emeritus of Department of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea and has been investigating diseases caused by foodborne intestinal parasites, including flukes, roundworms, tapeworms, and protozoans for over 40 years. He published 10 books, 30 book chapters, and 530 original research papers on parasites and parasitic diseases. He has been serving as the Editor of The Korean Journal of Parasitology since 2006. He is the Vice President of World Federation of Parasitologists since 2010. Since 2016, he is serving as the President of Korea Association of Health Promotion.
Brecht Devleesschauwer Belgium Topic: Estimates of the global and regional burden of foodborne parasites as determined by WHO
Brecht Devleesschauwer is a senior epidemiologist at the Scientific Institute of Public Health (WIV-ISP), Brussels, Belgium, and guest lecturer in health economic evaluations at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium. He conducts policy-driven public health research in the domain of composite measures of population health and health inequalities. As a member of the World Health Organization Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (WHO/FERG), he contributed to the estimation of the global burden of foodborne disease. Brecht holds PhD degrees in Public Health and Veterinary Sciences, and MSc degrees in Biostatistics and Veterinary Medicine.
Yvonne Ai-Lian Lim
Yvonne Ai-Lian Lim Malaysia Topic: Investigation On Intra-Erythrocytic Development Of Babesia Parasites Using Bioimaging Analysis
Yvonne Ai-Lian Lim (PhD) is a professor at the Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. She is currently the Deputy Dean (Research) of Faculty of Medicine. She was one of the pioneer researchers in the field of waterborne parasites (Cryptosporidium and Giardia) in Malaysia. She has conducted numerous studies on the occurrence of these parasites in rivers, lakes, wells, households, drinking water treatment plants and sewage water treatment plants in Malaysia as well as with collaborators in other Southeast Asian countries. She is the Past President of the Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine (MSPTM) and the recipient of the 2007 Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine (MSPTM) Medal for being an outstanding young scientist. In 2016, she was one of the recipients of the Top Research Scientists in Malaysia (TRSM) award. She has authored more than 100 original papers, written 7 book chapters and edited/authored 3 books including "Parasites and their vectors: A special focus on Southeast Asia" (Springer, 2013).
Paul Monis Australia Topic: Risk-based management of drinking water safety in Australia: implementation of health based targets to determine water treatment requirements and identification of pathogen surrogates for validation of conventional filtration
Paul Monis is a senior research scientist at SA Water with a focus on providing better tools and information for assessing the risks to water quality and to support risk management / risk mitigation. Paul is an internationally recognised expert in the detection and genetic characterisation of protozoan parasites in water. Paul's research interests include the application of molecular techniques to the detection of microbial contaminants in water, characterising the physical processes involved in the environmental inactivation of pathogens and laboratory and field-based evaluation of disinfection technologies for contaminant removal.
Lihua Xiao USA Topic: Molecular epidemiology of waterborne protozoan parasites of humans
Lihua Xiao received his veterinary education in China and his PhD and postdoctoral training in the United States. He joined the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1993, and is currently in the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. For the last 25 years, he has focused his research on the diagnosis, molecular epidemiology, and ecology of foodborne, waterborne, and zoonotic parasites. He has published over 400 original papers, invited reviews and book chapters.
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