Joel G. Breman

Joel G. Breman

Joel G. Breman, M.D., D.T.P.H., is senior scientific adviser, Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health, and co-managing editor of the Disease Control Priorities Project. He was educated at the University of California , Los Angeles ; the Keck School of Medicine, the University of Southern California ; and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Breman trained in medicine at the University of Southern California - Los Angeles County Medical Center ; in infectious diseases at the Boston City Hospital , Harvard Medical School ; and in epidemiology at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Breman worked in Guinea on smallpox eradication (1967-69); in Burkina Faso at the Organization for Coordination and Cooperation in the Control of the Major Endemic Diseases (1972-76); and at the World Health Organization, Geneva (1977-80), where he was responsible for orthopoxvirus research and the certification of smallpox eradication. In 1976, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire ), Dr. Breman investigated the first outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever.

Following the confirmation of smallpox eradication in 1980, Dr. Breman returned to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, where he began work on the epidemiology and control of malaria. Dr. Breman joined the Fogarty International Center in 1995 and has been director of the International Training and Research Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases and senior scientific adviser. He has been a member of many advisory groups, including serving as chair of the World Health Organization's Technical Advisory Group on Human Monkeypox and as a member of the World Health Organization's International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis (guinea worm) Eradication. Dr. Breman has written more than 100 publications on infectious diseases and research capacity strengthening in developing countries. He was guest editor of two supplements to the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene : ?The Intolerable Burden of Malaria: A New Look at the Numbers? (2001) and ?The Intolerable Burden of Malaria: What's New, What's Needed? (2004).

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