Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC)

STAC provides external scientific and technical input in the planning, prioritization and review of TDR’s activities. More specifically, STAC:

  • reviews, from a scientific and technical standpoint, the content, scope and dimensions of the Special Programme;
  • recommends priorities within the Special Programme, including the establishment and disestablishment of scientific working groups, and all scientific and technical activities related to the Special Programme;
  • provides the JCB and the TDR Secretariat with a continuous independent evaluation of the scientific and technical aspects of all activities of the Special Programme.

The STAC shall be comprised of 15 multidisciplinary members, selected on the basis of individual scientific or technical competence. Members serve for a period of 2 years and may be reappointed.

The thirty-ninth meeting of the STAC (STAC39) will take place in Geneva from 21 to 22 March 2018.

Reports and recommendations

Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee Members from 1 January 2016

Professor Charles Stephen Mgone

Former Executive Director, European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), Netherlands

Dr Ayat Abu-Agla

Focal Person of Research & Publication Section, National Human Resources for Health Observatory, Ministry of Health, Sudan

Professor Maria Teresa Bejarano

Senior Research Advisor, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Sweden

Dr Graeme Bilbe

Research and Development Director, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), Geneva, Switzerland.

Professor Moses John Bockarie

Professor of Tropical Health Sciences, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK

Dr Claudia Chamas

Researcher, Centre for Technological Development in Health (CDTS) of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Brazil

Professor Sónia Dias

Associate Professor, International Public Health – Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Dr Sara Eyangoh

Scientific Director, Centre Pasteur of Cameroon (CPC), Cameroon

Professor John Gyapong

Vice Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Science, Ghana.

Professor Subhash Hira

Distinguished Professor of Public Health & Infectious Diseases, Public Health Foundation of India

Professor Frank Nyonator

Country Project Director, USAID/ Ghana Evaluate for Health (E4H) Project, Ghana

Professor Rosanna Peeling

Professor and Chair of Diagnostics Research and Director of the International Diagnostics Centre (IDC), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Professor Stephen (Bertie) Squire

Director, Centre for Applied Health Research and Delivery, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK

Professor Xiao-Nong Zhou

Director, National Institute of Parasitic Diseases (IPD), China CDC

News from TDR Director, John Reeder

This has been an important month for TDR, bringing together several key committees and partners to review our practices and plans for the next biennium. This has included our WHO regional focal points, one of our scientific working groups, and the regional training centres. Each of these committee members provides valuable feedback and ideas, so we are very thankful for their role in helping TDR accomplish so much.

Where does research fit in a post-truth world?

You might think that research evidence is less valued today if you pay attention to the global political discussions going on. It is certainly being questioned, and dismissed by some as being out of touch or biased. However, these questions, I believe, offer us new opportunities to look more carefully at what we do, and to learn from these challenges.

TDR Global, the new platform for research networking, is now live.

Looking for an expert who has worked on some aspect of infectious diseases of poverty? Need a multi-disciplinary team? Would you like some additional exposure for your work?

About TDR: making a difference

TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, is a global programme of scientific collaboration that helps facilitate, support and influence efforts to combat diseases of poverty. TDR is hosted at the World Health Organization (WHO), and is sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and WHO.