A new Chair and Co-Chair selected to lead the WHO Informal Working Group on Echinococcosis
16 September 2016 | Geneva
Since 1985, the WHO Informal Working Group on Echinococcosis (WHO-IGWE) has been the principal advisory group to WHO for the control and case detection and management of cystic (CE) and alveolar (AE) echinococcosis. This working group has its remit to advise WHO on current issues and challenges on echinococcosis that will be brought forward to the WHO’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee on Neglected Tropical Diseases (STAG-NTD).
A new Chair and Co-Chair have recently been selected following a call for nomination:
- Prof Thomas Junghanss, Head of Clinical Tropical Medicine Section at Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany
- Prof Okan Akhan, Head of Radiology at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
Previous IWGE Chairs
Professor P. Kern, Section of Infectology and Clinical Immunology, Department of Internal Medicine, Ulm University, Germany, 2011-2015
Professor P. Craig Cestode Zoonoses Research Group, School of Environment and Life Sciences, University of Salford, Manchester, UK - 2005– 2010
Dr P. Schantz, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA – 2000-2004.
Professor D. Vuitton, WHO Collaborating Centre for Prevention and Control ofHuman Echinococcosis, University Hospital, Besançon, France – 1995- 1999.
Professor J. Eckert, University of Zurich, Switzerland - 1985-1995.