Coordinating Committee of Scientific Activities (CCSA)

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The CCSA coordinates the development of the scientific programme of the World Conference and oversees approval of official statements and other policy-related decisions.

Keren Middelkoop, Chair

Keren Middelkoop

Dr Middelkoop is a clinician researcher at Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, in the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (University of Cape Town), performing HIV and TB research. She has been involved in a number of projects spanning HIV and TB research. Dr Middelkoop’s early research involved clinical trials for HIV vaccine candidates and antiretroviral treatment options. Over the past 12 years Dr Middelkoop has focused on largely public health and epidemiology research, including running a number of community based studies on the HIV epidemic and its impact on community TB disease rates and transmission. Dr Middelkoop is currently pursuing her interests in TB transmission studies and expanding her skills in the field of molecular epidemiology. She has co-authored over 38 papers, was the first recipient of the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease’s Young Investigator of the Year award in 2011, and was awarded the AU-TWAS (African Union - The World Academy of Sciences) Young Scientist National Award in 2014.


CCSA Committee members

Subgroup 1

  • Keren Middelkoop, Chair
  • Dr Paul Nunn, TB Section Chair
  • Stella Van Beers, Bacteriology and Immunology Sub-Section Chair
  • Linette McElroy, NAPs Sub-Section Chair
  • Alejandro Perera Ortiz, Zoonotic TB Sub-Section Chair
  • Jean-William Fitting, Adult & Child Lung Health Section Chair
  • Jeroen Van Gorkom, HIV Section Chair
  • Dr Mira B Aghi, Tobacco Control Section Chair
  • Riitta Dlodlo, Director, Department of TB and HIV
  • Gan Guan, Director, Department of Tobacco Control
  • Ajay Kumar, Director, Department of Research
  • Paula I Fujiwara, Scientific Director
Subgroup 2

  • Keren Middelkoop, Chair
  • Wendy Wobeser, TB Section Programme Secretary
  • Alaine Nyaruhirira Umubyeyi, Bacteriology and Immunology Sub-Section Programme Secretary
  • Amanda Christensen, NAPs Sub-Section Programme Secretary
  • Simeon Cadmus, Zoonotic TB Sub-Section Programme Secretary
  • James Seddon, Adult and Child Lung Health Section Programme Secretary
  • Katharina Kranzer, HIV Section Programme Secretary
  • Sarwat Shah, Tobacco Control Section Programme Secretary
  • Mercy Anapoorani,Civil Society Representative
  • Ritta Dlodlo, Institute Representative
  • Paula I Fujiwara, Scientific Director
  • Nomampondo Barnabas, Civil Society Liaison Officer