Dr. Chris Beyrer, longtime faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, globally recognized acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) researcher and advocate, and former president of the International AIDS Society (IAS), is among five finalists to lead the Joint United Nations Programme on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/AIDS.
Dr. Beyrer has been at the forefront of AIDS advocacy and research since the start of his career. An outspoken advocate and champion of human rights, Dr. Beyrer has extensive experience conducting international collaborative research and training programs in HIV/AIDS and other infectious disease epidemiology, HIV preventive interventions, including vaccine clinical trials and preparedness studies, and in health and migration and health and human rights. His work spans Africa, Asia and throughout Central Asia and Eastern Europe.
While significant progress has been made on HIV, several regions are experiencing sharp increases in new infections and are struggling to expand both prevention and treatment.
In addition to serving as president of the IAS from 2014 to 2016, Dr. Beyrer has held numerous high-level positions. He served as co-chair of the Epidemiology and Natural History Planning Group of the Office of AIDS Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also serves on scientific advisory committees for UNAIDS and the World Health Organization. He served on the Scientific Advisory Board for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) from 2011 to 2014. Dr. Beyrer was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2014. He is the author of over 320 scientific papers, six books and numerous other publications.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on July 12