Faculty of Veterinary Medicine University of Zagreb, Croatia
Josipa Habus earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at a Faculty of Veterinary Medicine University of Zagreb. She completed a PhD in Veterinary science at the same Institution with Dissertation on Genetic affinities of pathogenic Leptospira spp. within a natural focus of leptospirosis.
As a clinician and infectious disease researcher she is interested in understanding and controlling the human-animal interface and zoonotic threats. She is leading and collaborating on multiple research projects concerned with different zoonotic agents but with particular interest for Leptospira spp. and leptospirosis. Josipa is working in National Reference Laboratory for leptospirosis and is a part of the multidisciplinary team that is collaborating on research of small rodents as carriers of different zoonotic diseases.
She currently holds a position as an Associate Professor at Department of Microbiology and Infectious diseases with Clinic at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. She is a founding member and General Secretary of European Leptospirosis Society since 2012.
Academisch Medisch Centrum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Marga Goris earned a Master of Science degree in Applied parasitology and medical entomology from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. In 2000 she began working on leptospirosis. Her PhD thesis was titled: “Leptospirosis: Epidemiology, clinical aspects and diagnosis”. She is currently head of the OIE and National Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Leptospirosis at the Department of Medical Microbiology at the Academic Medical Center/University of Amsterdam. Her research interests are improving diagnostics, typing methods, epidemiology and pathogenesis of leptospirosis.
Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia/Emilia Romagna, Brescia, Italy
Mario D’Incau is a veterinary officer, head of the Laboratory of Bacteriology at the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell’Emilia-Romagna “Bruno Ubertini” (IZSLER) in Brescia (Italy). His main interest is the diagnosis of bacterial infectious diseases, with particular reference to leptospirosis, mycobacteriosis and salmonellosis, and his main duty is the coordination of lab activities and the control on the correct application of quality system. He is in charge of the Italian Reference Centre for Animal Leptospirosis which main mission is the surveillance of leptospirosis in Italy. He is also the IZSLER Biobank specialist for bacteria.
Infectious Bacterial Diseases Research Unit, National Animal Disease Center, Ames, USA
Jarlath Nally completed his Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology in 2001 at the University of Kentucky. From 2001-2005, he completed his postdoctoral research in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. His postdoctoral research focused on understanding pathogenic mechanisms of the zoonotic disease Leptospirosis (Weil’s disease) during acute and chronic infection and in particular, the severe pulmonary form of this disease. As a postdoctoral fellow, he was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health. In 2005, Dr. Nally joined the School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, where he was awarded The President of Ireland Young Researcher Award from Science Foundation Ireland to further elucidate pathogenic mechanisms of leptospirosis. As a Veterinary Microbiologist, his research interests include zoonotic pathogens, proteomics and animal models of infection. In 2014, he returned to the United States to join the Infectious Bacterial Diseases of Livestock Research Unit, at the National Animal Disease Center, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture where he continues to work on bovine leptospirosis and treponemes associated with digital dermatitis.
Pasteur Institute, Paris, France
Dr Mathieu Picardeau is Head of the Biology of Spirochetes unit, Dpt. Microbiology at the Institute Pasteur in Paris/France (research.pasteur.fr/en/team/biology-of-spirochetes/), and Director of the French Reference Centre for Leptospirosis which main mission is the surveillance of leptospirosis in mainland France and french overseas territories. He also leads the Taxonomic group of the International leptospirosis Society (ILS). He has an interest in genetics and genomics of Leptospira. His current research involves the study of different aspects of the biology of Leptospira such as the components of the endoflagellum and mechanisms of adaptation and resistance to stress conditions. Dr Picardeau published over 80 scientific articles about spirochetes, especially Leptospira.
Eric C.M. van Gorp
Erasmus MC Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Prof. dr. Eric C.M. van Gorp studied medicine at the University of Amsterdam. In 2001 he finished his thesis entitled: “Studies on the pathophysiology of dengue haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome”, granted by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). He is currently working at the Erasmus MC Rotterdam, the Netherlands, appointed as Professor in Medicine, at the department of Viroscience and the department of Infectious diseases. He is visiting professor at the University of Airlanga in Surabaya, Indonesia. He is involved in the Rotterdam Global Health Initiative (RGHI\www.bmg.eur.nl/english/globalhealth). His field of interest is the social and scientific impact of infectious diseases; epidemiology, clinical management and pathophysiology. He is founder of the Cirion foundation [www.cirion.net], initiating and facilitating initiatives and projects to promote prevention of infectious diseases. One of the initiatives is the EU supported international education and prevention project Viruskenner for scholars [www.viruskenner.nl] in countries on four continents. The research line, with several PhD’s, he is supervising is focussing on exotic viral infections, among which the mosquito and rodent borne hemorrhagic fevers, HIV and Fever studies, with an extensive (inter) national network in the Netherlands, the Caribbean, Suriname, China and Indonesia. He is supervisor of the vaccination outpatient clinic and the clinical trial unit from the Viroscience department.