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John D. Clemens

Executive Director, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh

Biography

John D. Clemens MD is the executive director of the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh. A US national, his scientific career has focused on global health and has spanned academia, the US government and international organisations. He led the team that developed the first low-cost oral vaccine against cholera, which was recently deployed in Haiti. In recognition of his work, he was awarded the Sabin Gold Medal in 2010. Dr. Clemens has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, and serves on the editorial boards of several international journals. He is an elected member of the American Epidemiology Society and a Fellow of both the American College of Epidemiology and the Infectious Disease Society of America. Previous positions held include professor and vice chairman in the Department of Epidemiology and founding director of the Center for Global Infectious Diseases at UCLA, chief of the Epidemiology Section of the Center for Vaccine Development of the University of Maryland, chief of the Epidemiology Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and director-general of the International Vaccine Institute in Seoul, Korea.