IFGH 2010 Opening Address: Optimising TB/HIV Programme Services Delivery through TB/HIV Research: The WHO/TDR Model

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November 30, 2010

Dr. Philip Onyebujoh heads the World Health Organisationʼs (WHO) Tropical Disease Research (TDR) programme on “Evidence for treatment of HIV-infected TB patients”. In 2008 he was named a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London in recognition for his contributions to research into the treatment of TB populations infected with HIV, an honour regarded as one of the most prestigious in the medical profession. Dr. Onyebujoh, a native of Nigeria, earned his medical degree at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital in Zaria, Nigeria, and then worked as a medical officer in hospitals and for the Nigerian Ministry of Health, before going to the UK to study at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

He completed his PhD at the University of London, focusing on the pathogenesis of tuberculosis and the effect of Mycobacterium vaccae immunotherapy on non-HIV and HIV-related tuberculosis. From 1993 until 2001, he was a leading TB expert at the South African Medical Research Council, concluding his term there in 2001 as chief specialist and director of the Clinical and Biomedical TB Research Unit. In 2003, he assumed his current position with TDR, after a brief stint with STOP TB.

 

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