Plenary Speakers

Plenary Scientific Session Speakers


Operationalizing One Health and Impact on Development

Thiravat Hemachudha
Dr. Thiravat is Professor of Neurology at the Department of Medicine and Neuroscience Center for Research and Development, Chulalongkorn University. Thiravat Hemachudha had training at the Department of Neurology, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institution, USA. He is the Director of WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Training on Viral zoonoses and was former Director, WHO Collaborating Center for Research on Rabies Pathogenesis and Prevention.  He is Member of WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Rabies, and a columnist on health issues in Thai Rath and Matichon newspapers, among others. Since 1984, he has researched rabies and other viral encephalitides and on developing staged diagnostic platforms. How to integrate one health concept into medical arena remains his passion.


Vector-borne Zoonoses, Enviroment and Role of Wildlife

Jonna Mazet
Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD, is a Professor of Epidemiology and Disease Ecology and Director of the One Health Institute in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where she focuses on global health problem solving, especially for emerging infectious disease and conservation challenges. Dr. Mazet is active in international One Health research programs, especially disease transmission among wildlife, domestic animals, and people and the ecological drivers for disease emergence. Currently, she is the Global Director of a $175 million viral emergence early warning project, named PREDICT, that has been developed with the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. She has recently been elected to the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine in recognition of her successful and innovative approach to emerging environmental and global health threats.


Food-borne and Water-borne Zoonoses

Sylvain Quessy
Dr. Quessy graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Montreal (1984). He worked as a veterinary practitioner and as a veterinary medical officer for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) prior to obtaining his PhD in Microbiology and Immunology (1994). He was a researcher and head of the Environmental Health Section of the Veterinary and Food Hygiene Laboratory of the CFIA, where he led several research projects on the molecular epidemiology and control of food and environmental pathogens. From 1999 to 2005, he served as a professor of veterinary hygiene and was the food safety research chair at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Montreal. From 2006 to 2013, he was the Director of the Department of Pathology and Microbiology and Vice Dean of Research and Graduate Studies. He is a scientific advisor to several governmental organizations, trade or industry for the implementation of risk management policies in food. Since 2013, he is also the chief scientist responsible for developing the new model of risk assessment of food establishments in Canada for the CFIA. He has authored or co-authored over 50 scientific articles on the pathogenesis, molecular epidemiology and control of zoonotic microorganisms.

Genomics, Pathogen Detection Systems and Geographic Medicine

Lee Riley
Dr. Riley obtained his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco and completed his residency in internal medicine at the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Soon after, Dr. Riley began working in the field of infectious diseases. His distinguished career has seen him work for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization. He has also worked on international projects in countries including Mexico, India, Bangladesh, Philippines and Brazil. He has published extensively on Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Escherichia coli and other infectious agents. Dr. Riley is currently the Director of the Fogarty International Center Global Health Equity Scholars Program and the Chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the American Society of Microbiology, American Academy of Microbiology as well as a fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America. In 2014, he was appointed  by the US Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Infectious Disease of CDC.

Immunology and Vaccine Development

Abhay Satoskar
Abhay Satoskar, MD, PhD is a University Anatomic Pathology Services Endowed Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pathology. Dr. Satoskar earned his PhD in the Department of Immunology, University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, United Kingdom and his MD from the Department of Pathology, King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, University of Bombay in Bombay, India. Dr. Satoskar's research interests are immunology, natural product drug discovery and development of novel therapies for zoonotic Neglected Tropical Diseases such as leishmaniasis.