Research and Awards Committee

Current Committee Members:

Chair: Martin Grobusch, The Netherlands

Martin GrobuschProfessor Martin Peter Grobusch (MD, PhD, MSc, DTM&H, FRCP) obtained his medical degree from Bonn University, Germany, and completed his specializations in internal medicine, infectious diseases and tropical medicine in the UK and in Berlin, Germany. Following a period of full-time tropical diseases research at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Tübingen, Germany, and the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Gabon, he was appointed Full Professor (Chair) of Infectious Diseases at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa in 2005. In 2010, he took up the position as Professor (Chair) of Tropical Medicine and Travel Medicine and Head of the Center of Tropical Medicine and Travel Medicine at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam. He is Visiting Professor at the University of Tübingen, Germany, Adjunct Member and Professor at the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and Director of the newly-founded Masanga Medical Research Center in Masanga, Sierra Leone. MPG’s main research interests are malaria, HIV/tuberculosis and co-infections, viral haemorrhagic fevers, travel medicine and general infectious diseases topics as they arise from clinical practice. In addition to the home base in Amsterdam, he heads clinical research groups based in Lambaréné/Gabon, Cape Town/South Africa and Masanga/Sierra Leone. Up to date, he has published over 400 papers in peer-reviewed journals (h-index: 46) and contributes to several journals in editorial functions as well as in various functions to several infectious diseases related societies (MPG is ESCMID Fellow).

Co-Chair: Mary Wilson, United States of America

Mary WilsonMary E. Wilson, M.D., Adjunct Professor of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Clinical Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco. Academic interests include the role of travel and trade in emerging infections and antibiotic resistance. She is Vice-Chair of the Forum on Microbial Threats at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. She is the author of A World Guide to Infections: Diseases, Distribution, Diagnosis (Oxford University Press, 1991); senior editor, with Richard Levins and Andrew Spielman, of Disease in Evolution: Global Changes and Emergence of Infectious Diseases (NY Academy of Sciences, 1994); and editor of New and Emerging Infectious Diseases (Medical Clinics of North America). She serves as an advisor to the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network and is associate editor for NEJM Journal Watch Infectious Diseases.

Elizabeth Barnett, United States of America

Elizabeth BarnettElizabeth Barnett is a pediatrician with a specialty in infectious diseases working in an urban hospital with a large international population. Her career focus has been in general pediatric infectious diseases, travel and topical medicine, immigrant medicine, vaccines and vaccine safety, and antimicrobial therapy and resistance. With colleagues in the adult infectious diseases group, she founded the Travel Clinic at Boston Medical Center in the early 1990s and the Refugee Health Assessment Program a few years later. Her research interests have included travel medicine - through the Boston Area Travel Medicine Network (BATMN), a collaboration of 5 travel clinics in the Greater Boston Area – immigrant medicine, and vaccines, including participation in clinical trials of Japanese Encephalitis vaccine in children and oral cholera vaccine. Dr. Barnett has been Site Director for the Boston GeoSentinel site since the 1990s, contributing over 7000 records. Current academic and administrative activities include being the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program Director, a member of the BUSM Promotions Committee, and a member of the Leadership Group of GeoSentinel. Dr. Barnett has also been active in ISTM for over 20 years, including participation in the Migrant Interest Group, former Director/Co-Director of the ISTM Review Course, member and former Co-Chair of the Research Committee, and member of the Executive Board of ISTM (starting 2017).

Jose Flores, Mexico

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Katherine Gibney, Australia

Katherine GibneyDr Katherine Gibney is an Australian infectious diseases physician, public health physician and medical epidemiologist with an interest in infectious diseases of public health importance. She completed her medical degree at the University of Melbourne (MBBS with honours 2001) and trained as an infectious diseases specialist in Victoria and the Northern Territory (FRACP 2010). During a 2-year applied epidemiology fellowship at the US CDC, the Epidemic Intelligence Service, she was stationed at the Arboviral Diseases Branch in Fort Collins, Colorado (EIS 2009). She then returned to Australia and completed a PhD in infectious diseases epidemiology at Monash University (PhD 2016), as well as training as a public health physician (FAFPHM 2015). She currently holds an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, based at the Doherty Institute in Melbourne, Australia, and continues to work in clinical infectious diseases and public health medicine.

Stefan Hagmann, United States of America

Stefan HagmannStefan Hagmann is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Health and a pediatric infectious diseases attending physician at the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York where he is the medical director of the Antibiotic Stewardship Program, and the site director for the Northwell Geosentinel and Global TravEpinet (GTEN) surveillance sites. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).

Dr. Hagmann earned his MD from the University of Hamburg, Germany and his MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. After clinical training in Germany and the United States he settled in New York City. His original clinical focus has been on pediatric HIV care, and chronic viral hepatitis. Working with a very mobile immigrant population in the Bronx, he co-founded and directed a travel clinic that also became a site for the GeoSentinel and GTEN surveillance networks at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Medical Center until 2016.

His current work with GTEN involves community outreach, and the development of an improved access to travel health care in urban underserved immigrant communities. As a pediatrician and the current chair of the ISTM Pediatric Interest Group, he is dedicated to improve the child traveler-related educational portfolio for travel health practitioners, and to help grow the evidence base for pediatric travel medicine recommendations.

David Hamer, United States of America

David HamerDavid Hamer obtained a BA from Amherst College (majors in biology and French) and a MD degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. After an internal medicine residency at the Washington Hospital Center, he completed specialty training in infectious diseases in the Department of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Tufts Medical Center. He is a Professor of Global Health and Medicine at the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine and an Adjunct Professor of Nutrition, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

Dr. Hamer spent nearly four years serving as the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Zambia Center for Applied Health Research and Development in Lusaka, Zambia conducting community- and hospital-based research on maternal, newborn, and child health. Since June 2014, he has been the Principal Investigator of the ISTM GeoSentinel project. Dr. Hamer currently serves as the Director of the Travel Clinic and is a member of the Section of Infectious Diseases at Boston Medical Center. He is a board-certified specialist in infectious diseases, with a particular interest in tropical infectious diseases. He has 25 years of field research experience in malaria, pneumonia, micronutrients, HIV/AIDS, and diarrheal diseases. During the last two decades, he has supervised and provided technical support to numerous studies in resource-limited countries that have evaluated interventions for improving neonatal survival and maternal health, treatment and prevention of malaria, micronutrient deficiencies, diarrheal disease, and pneumonia. He is currently participating in studies on maternal, newborn, and child health in South Africa and Zambia in addition to leading GeoSentinel. Dr. Hamer has published over 275 peer-reviewed publications, reviews, chapters, and editorials as well as 4 books.

Eyal Leshem, Israel

Eyal LeshamEyal Leshem, MD, is an attending physician in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the National Center for Geographic Medicine and Tropical Diseases, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer in Israel, a guest researcher at the viral gastroenteritis team, the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta and a consultant to the world Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Leshem is a lecturer in internal medicine at the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv University. He has lead and co-authored over seventy articles and book chapters.

Dr. Leshem received his medical doctor degree from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases at the Sheba Medical Center. His interest in tropical and travel medicine lead to him to work six months at the CIWEC clinic in Katmandu, Nepal. In 2014, he graduated from his training as an epidemic intelligence service officer at the CDC. During his training he investigated multiple outbreaks including acute gastroenteritis, enterovirus D68, fungal meningitis and MERS CoV. Upon graduating from EIS, Dr. Leshem worked as a medical epidemiologist in the viral gastroenteritis team. His work focused on diarrheal diseases surveillance and rotavirus vaccine impact. Dr. Leshem continues to participate in viral gastroenteritis surveillance and evaluation projects in Haiti, Burkina Faso, Togo, Tajikistan and Israel.

Sarah McGuinness, Australia

Sarah McGuinnessDr. Sarah McGuinness is a specialist in infectious diseases (FRACP). Her clinical interests include travel and tropical medicine. She leads a hospital-based travel medicine clinic at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne that provides care for patients with complex medical needs including solid organ and bone marrow transplant recipients and patients living with HIV. In addition to her medical qualifications, Sarah holds a Certificate in Travel Health (ISTM) and a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

When not in the clinic, Sarah keeps herself busy with research and teaching at Monash University. Her research interests include travel medicine, public health and infectious disease epidemiology, and she is currently enrolled in a PhD under the supervision of Professor Karin Leder.

Eskild Petersen, Oman

Eskild PetersenDr. Eskild Petersen graduated from Aarhus Medical School, Denmark in 1978 and obtained his specialist degree in infectious diseases in 1985 and tropical medicine 1988.

After spending two years in Liberia on a malaria research programme by the University of Stockholm sponsored by the WHO TDR rogram, he worked from 1999 to 2003 at the National Public Health Institute in Copenhagen as head of the Laboratory for Parasitology, which included the WHO International Collaborating Center for Research and Reference on Toxoplasmosis and the Malaria Reference Laboratory. He was head of the Institute’s travel clinic from 1995 to 2000 and participated in developing national guidelines for vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis to travellers.

After moving back into clinical infectious diseases in 2003 his research interests has included infectious endocarditis, infections in implants, therapeutic drug monitoring and malaria. He has been teaching tropical medicine at medical school, participated in clinical supervision and organized ESCMID postgradute courses on emerging infections and migrant health.

In 2015 Eskild Petersen took up a position as senior consultant, infectious diseases at the Royal Hospital, Sultanate of Oman, continuing as adjungated Professor of Tropical Medicine at the Institute for Clinical Medicine, University of Aarhus, Denmark.

His is co-charing the ESCMID Emerging Infections Task Force, is a ProMED moderator since 1999, and is the Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, the official journal of the ISID, since 2012.

Kyle Petersen, United States of America

Kyle PetersenDr. Kyle Petersen, an Infectious Disease specialist, is a proud veteran of 24 years of service in the US Navy. Dr. Petersen received his Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his medical degree from Des Moines University-College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Petersen is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Disease Society of America and is certified in Travel health by the International Society of Travel Medicine.

Dr. Petersen did Internal Medicine internship at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA, followed by training at the Naval Undersea Medicine Institute. His first tour of duty was in Undersea & Emergency Medicine at Naval Hospital Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico where he was the physician for Naval Special Warfare Unit 4, Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit 2 and Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 Detachment Caribbean. He provided 24-hour emergency treatment for military and civilian divers in the island’s only hyperbaric treatment facility and also deployed with Seal Delivery Vehicle Team 2 becoming a certified submarine medical officer.

Dr. Petersen completed Internal Medicine Residency followed by Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA. His research efforts included studying HIV medication adherence and travellers' diarrhea in Thailand. He was assigned to National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, MD where his duties included infection control chairman, head of travel medicine and pharmacy and therapeutics committee member. During the war he cared for complex polytrauma patients suffering from infections with antibiotic resistant pathogens like Acinetobacter baumanii and deployed on the hospital ship COMFORT during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

An experienced biomedical researcher, Dr. Petersen was a principal investigator in the Department of Undersea Medicine at Naval Medical Research Center, Silver Spring MD, where he also founded and managed the Department of Defense’s wound infection program. Dr. Petersen was then both Executive and Commanding Officer of U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6, Lima, Peru a 300 employee lab for tropical medicine research and epidemiology. He is an Associate Professor of medicine at Uniformed Services University.

Dr. Petersen is author of numerous articles in the area of infectious diseases. He has multiple military decorations including the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, several teaching awards, and has previously been featured in the LA Times, Forbes Magazine, the Washington Post, and was named one of the 32 top travel medicine providers by Condé Nast Traveler.

Mark Riddle, United States of America

Mark RiddleDr. Riddle is a Captain in the Medical Corps of the United States Navy and boarded in General Public Health & Preventive Medicine and received his Doctorate of Public Health in 2007 from the Uniformed Services University. Dr. Riddle has over 15 years in the field of applied clinical research and epidemiology ranging from pre-clinical vaccine development and clinical vaccine and drug development, to vaccine health economics and research related to the chronic health consequences of acute infection. His experience has been primarily gained from activities in a US Department of Defense (DoD) interdisciplinary research and development setting, but he has also lived and worked overseas (Cairo, Egypt), and has active collaborations with academia, industry and philanthropic global health organizations. He recently left as Director of the US DoD program to develop new vaccines against ETEC, Shigella and Campylobacter and now is the Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics at the Uniformed Services University. Dr. Riddle has additional research activities and efforts in developing and implementing guidelines in enteric diseases, defining the burden of chronic disease sequelae of acute enteric infections through epidemiology, proteomics and systems biology approaches. He is the co-author of over 160 peer reviewed publications, several book chapters, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the BioMed Central Journal, Tropical Diseases Travel Medicine and Vaccines.

Mirella Salvatore, United States of America

Mark RiddleDr. Mirella Salvatore is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University and an Attending Physician, New York-Presbyterian Hospital Cornell campus. She obtained her M.D. from the Catholic University in Rome, Italy. She completed her Internal Medicine residency and her fellowship training in Infectious Disease at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. At Mount Sinai she also completed a postdoctoral fellowship training studying influenza virus.

Dr. Salvatore is also an active physician scientist. Her NIH funded research focuses on developing novel platforms for influenza vaccines. She is also interested in the study of influenza virus in the immunocompromised host, both in human and animal models, with the goal to understand pathogenesis and improve clinical therapy. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Vaccine, PLoS One, Human Gene Therapy, Journal of Virology, Journal of Hepatology, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science among others. She is a member of the International Society for Influenza and other Respiratory Virus Diseases (ISIRV), International Society for Travel Medicine (ISTM) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).

Larry Selkow, United States of America

Larry SelkowLarry Selkow (RPh, BS Pharm) obtained his pharmaceutical degree from Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy in Brooklyn, New York. He is a registered pharmacist in the state of California and Nevada and holds certifications as a Travel Immunization Pharmacist and Immunization Pharmacist Under Collaborative Protocol. He is experienced in Medication Therapy Management and has served as a Peer Reviewer for the California Pharmacist Journal and has been an Abstract Reviewer for the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting since 2015. In addition to ISTM, he is professionally affiliated with the American Pharmacists Association, American Society for Pharmacy Law, the California Pharmacists Association and the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID). His community volunteerism includes Disaster Healthcare Volunteers of California: Providing emergency healthcare assistance in the event of disaster. Distinctions include President of the Palm Springs – Coachella Valley Pharmacists Association and the California Pharmacists Association Community Pharmacy Special Interest Group Chair-Elect.

Dawd Siraj, United States of America

Dawd SiragProfessor Dawd S. Siraj, (MD, MPH&TM, FIDSA, CTropMed) received his medical degree from Jimma University Ethiopia and did his Internal Medicine training from St. Barnabas Hospital NY. He received his certificate in Infectious Diseases and Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from Tulane University. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Following his training, he joined East Carolina University as Director of the International Travel Clinic and Infectious Diseases Consultant. He was program director for Infectious Diseases fellowship training. In 2016, he moved to the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Currently, he is a Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases Consultant, Director of the International Travel Clinic, Associate Program Director of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training and Director of the Internal Medicine Global Health Pathway. He has extensive experience in HIV/AIDS care in resource limited settings. He regularly travels to Ethiopia with medical students and residents to lead a tropical medicine elective.

Dawd serves in a number of committees including the Global Health committee of Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and In-training exam writing committee of IDSA. He has published extensively and contributed to book chapters. He has served as a reviewer for several journals. For his contribution to HIV training and service he received certificate of appreciation from the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Currently he is the recipient of the Centennial Scholarship award at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Haibo Wang, China

Haibo WangDr. Haibo Wang is currently the Deputy Director, at the State Key Laboratory of Emerging Infectious Disease Detection (SKLEIDD Zhuhai), Zhuhai International Travel Healthcare Center. He received his Bachelors of Science from Wuhan University in Wuhan, Hubei, China. He also holds a PhD (Wuhan University) and PostDoc (Hongkong University.)


  • Define and prioritize research themes for Board approval.
  • Solicit and review applications to award annual research grants.
  • Solicit and review applications to award biennial CISTM travel grants to special groups, e.g., low middle income (LMIC) country researchers, and young investigators.
  • Track and report on the outcomes of both the research and travel grants.
  • Collaborate with the ISTM Foundation in fundraising activities to increase ISTM research funds.

Main Achievements

ISTM is pleased to offer Travel Medicine Research Grants to ISTM Members each year. Grants are awarded through a peer-review process implemented by the ISTM Research and Awards Committee. The awards are designed to stimulate travel medicine research by supporting comprehensive research projects or, for larger projects, providing support for pilot studies to enable researchers to collect data/test hypotheses so that they can then apply to other agencies for more substantive research grants.

In September of 2011, ISTM Board of Directors renamed the "Travel Awards" to the "Susan L. Stokes Travel Awards" in honor of Susan's selfless years of volunteer service. She was instrumental in the conception and early years of ISTM, working ceaselessly to ensure that the Society would be strong and operationally sound. Those wishing to read more about Susan can do so by reading the July 2011 Issue of NewsShare.Typical awards will be in the range of USD 5,000 to USD 10,000 although a single grant up to USD 40,000 will be considered for exceptional proposals. Detailed information on proposal criteria, as well as application forms, can be provided by the ISTM Secretariat.

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2018-2019 Research Award Winners

  1. Measuring neutralizing antibodies against yellow fever virus ten years after standard (0.5 mL) yellow fever vaccination in elderly population (> 60 years at time of vaccination)., Anna Roukens, The Netherlands, Principal Investigator.
  2. Prospective evaluation of neurocognitive outcome in travellers and migrants presenting with malaria to GeoSentinel Sites, Kevin Kain, Canada, Principal Investigator.
  3. Concomitant administration of yellow fever vaccine with measles, mumps, rubella vaccine in healthy adults – a multi-center prospective observational study, Silja Bühler, Germany, Principal Investigator.

2017-2018 Research Award Winners

  1. The SEVTRAV Study-Severe, undiagnosed infections in returning travelers- A GeoSentinel Collaboration, Eskild Petersen, Denmark/Oman, Principal Investigator.
  2. Determining optimal, equitable and cost-effective strategies to prevent cases of travel-related infections in VFRs and other travellers at risk, Rachel Savage, Canada, Principal Investigator.
  3. Imported Doxycycline Responding Illness (IDRI), Daniel Camprubi Ferrer, Spain, Principal Investigator.
  4. Optimized travel clinic referrals through online international flight booking pathways, Ben Coghlan, Australia, Principal Investigator.
  5. Harnessing the blood transcriptome to study the effects of multiple vaccinations in travelers, Mirella Salvatore, United States of America, Principal Investigator.

This year the ISTM devoted special funding for research in resource-limited countries and emerging markets for the first time. This funding is in addition to the annual research grant program already in place. We are happy to announce this year's recipient of this funding.

  1. The Incidence and Cost of Travel Related Dengue Case Among International Travellers During Visit to Bali, Indonesia, Wayan Citra Wulan Sucipta Putri, Indonesia, Principal Investigator.
  2. Health Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices on Traveler's Diarrhoea among International Travelers to Kenya from Western and Asian countries, Daniel Munyambu Mutonga, Kenya, Principal Investigator.

For the first time this year, ISTM has offered the possibility for ISTM Interest and Professional Groups to apply for Research funding. This year, we are happy to announce the ISTM Pharmacist Professional Group has received this funding for their proposal.

  1. Review of mobile applications for travel medicine for practitioners and patients, Sheila Seed, United States of America, Principal Investigator on behalf of the ISTM Pharmacist Professional Group.

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2016-2017 Research Award Winners

  1. Measuring neutralizing antibodies against yellow fever virus ten years after intradermal yellow fever vaccination with 1/5th-fractional dose, Anna H.E. Roukens, The Netherlands, Principal Investigator.
  2. Elucidating metagenomic markers of prolonged diarrhoea in returned travellers, Katherine Gibney, Australia, Principal Investigator.
  3. The Association Between the Proportion of Pharmacists Authorized to Administer Injections and the Proportion of Patients Adherent to Multiple-Dose Travel Vaccine Regimens: A Retrospective Cohort Analysis of Administrative Data in Alberta, Canada, Sherilyn Houle, Canada, Principal Investigator.
  4. Do Multiplex Molecular Diagnostics improve outcomes for Travellers in a Resource-poor Setting with Travellers' Diarrhea and Respiratory Illness?, Prativa Pandey, Nepal, Principal Investigator.
  5. Real-time remote monitoring of malaria chemoprophylaxis adverse events through Smartphone application (Trip App), Natalia Rodriguez Valero, Spain. Principal Investigator.

This year the ISTM devoted special funding for research in resource-limited countries and emerging markets for the first time. This funding is in addition to the annual research grant program already in place. We are happy to announce this year's recipient of this funding.

  1. Pathogens Identification and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing on Travellers' Diarrhea Cases in Bali, Indonesia, Arak Agung Sri Agung Aryastuti, Indonesia, Principal Investigator.

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2015-2016 Research Award Winners

  1. Inhaled Budesonide for Altitude Illness Prevention. Dr. Christopher Davis, United States of America, Principal Investigator.
  2. Persistence of neutralizing antibodies after immunization against Yellow Fever (YF) in HIV-infected patients. Dr. Charlotte Martin, Belgium, Principal Investigator.
  3. Differential Vaccination Requirements of newly arrived Eritrean asylum seekers - an informative sample analysis. Dr. Cornelia Staehelin, Switzerland, Principal Investigator.

This year the ISTM devoted special funding for research in resource-limited countries and emerging markets for the first time. This funding was in addition to the annual research grant program already in place. We are happy to announce the first recipient of this funding.
Association of Dengue Serotype-Genotype and Disease Severity in Foreign Travellers Admitted at Kasih Ibu Hospital, Bali, Indonesia. Dr. Dewa Ayu Sri Masyeni, Indonesia, Principal Investigator.

The ISTM also dedicated special funding for Zika Research. The 2016 Zika Research Award Winners are:
Persistence of Zika Virus in Semen After Acute Symptomatic Infection: a European clinical and laboratory observational prospective cohort study. Dr. Denis Malvy and Dr. Matthieu Mechain, France, Principal Investigators.

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2014-2015 Research Award Winners

The Research and Awards Committee wishes to announce the winning projects for the 2014-2015 Research Awards. Four proposals were able to be funded:

  1. Economics, knowledge, attitudes and practices of West African bushmeat in Minnesota and in VFR travellers. Dr. Jonathan D. Alpern, United States of America, Principal Investigator
  2. International pediatric travellers: risk perception, incidence of disease and adherence with recommendations at a tertiary care centre based travel clinic. Dr. Shaun K. Morris, Canada, Principal Investigator
  3. Development and validation of a novel molecular schistosomiasis viability assay for assessment of treatment success. Dr. Mirjam Schunk, Germany, Principal Investigator
  4. ELDEST-study: morbidity in elderly travellers during a short-term stay abroad, a prospective cohort study. Ms. Jessica Vlot, The Netherlands, Principal Investigator

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2013-2014 Research Award Winners

The winning projects for the 2013-2014 Research Awards. Three proposals were able to be funded:

  1. Single visit pre-exposure Rabies vaccination with a new intradermal jet injector: dose finding in healthy adults (R5). Dr. Emile F. F. Jonker, The Netherlands, Principal Investigator.
  2. Yellow fever vaccination under low dose methotrexate therapy - a pilot study. Dr. Sabine Schmid, Switzerland, Principal Investigator.
  3. Immunogenicity of co-administered yellow fever (YF) and measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccines in pediatric travellers aged 9-15 months from yellow fever non-endemic countries: A pilot study. Dr. Stefan Hagmann, United States of America, Principal Investigator.

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2012-2013 Research Award Winners

The winning projects for the 2012-2013 Research Awards. Four proposals were able to be funded:

  1. Determinants of infectious disease incidence and risk behaviours in Australian travellers visiting friends and relatives - a prospective cohort study. Dr. Bradley Forssman, Australia, Principal Investigator
  2. Flaviviruses, Alphaviruses and Phleboviruses as etiological agents of febrile syndrome in travellers. Mr. Joaquim Gascón, Spain, Principal Investigator
  3. Illness and injury to long-term aide workers to developing countries. Dr. Jenny Visser, New Zealand, Principal Investigator
  4. Acute lipid profile changes in malaria patients - a gateway towards novel antimalarial drug class identification? Dr. Rosanne Willemijn Wieten, Principal Investigator