10 décembre 2015: Prof. Marcel Tanner

Jeudi 10 décembre 2015, 12h30
CMU - C150

"If you think research is expensive, try disease." — Mary Lasker
Marcel Tanner has dedicated his immense talent in leadership to bridge basic research in infectious diseases with public health. He will share with you his vision forged on a long-term international experience with a passion beyond measure"

(Prof. Dominique Soldati-Favre, Host - Faculté de médecine, Département de microbiologie et médecine moléculaire)


Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Parasitology
Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)


«Emerging and Re-Emerging Disease:
Challenges for Science and Global Health»

The presentation will present and discuss some of the lessons learned from the human catastrophe of the Ebola epidemic that revealed deep inadequacies in the national and international institutions responsible for protecting the public from the far-reaching human, social, economic and political consequences of infectious disease outbreaks. These questions will be generalized for the discussion on which are the research and public health priorities to be address to face the current global health challenges; with particular relevance for the academic and public health community in Switzerland engaging in research and translational partnerships with developing countries.


Marcel Tanner holds a PhD in medical biology from the University of Basel and a MPH from the University of London. He was Director of the Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute form 1997 to 2015 and now continues as Professor (chair) of Epidemiology and Medical Parasitology, University of Basel and as president of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (as of January 2016). The research ranges from basic research in cell biology and immunology on malaria, schistosomiasis, trypanosomiasis and filariasis to epidemiological and public health and health systems research. Research, teaching and health planning are based on long term work in Africa and Asia. He is member in various national and international bodies and boards.