The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has appointed Emory University Professor Keith P. Klugman, MD, PhD, as Chair of its International Committee. His three-year term begins today. Dr. Klugman is professor of global health in Emory University's Rollins School of Health and professor of medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, in Emory University School of Medicine. He also is a visiting researcher, Respiratory Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and director of the Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, composed of over 42,000 scientists and health professionals. Its mission is to promote research and research training in the microbiological sciences and to assist communication between scientists, policy makers, and the public to improve health, the environment, and economic wellbeing.Ê
"We take great pride in Dr. Klugman's accomplishments and in his leadership role in international health," said James Curran, MD, MPH, dean of the Rollins School of Public Health. "He exemplifies the spirit and dedication of our faculty in translating his research and knowledge into programs that directly benefit the health of the world's populations."
Dr. Klugman joined Emory in October 2000 after serving as Director of the South African Institute for Medical Research, Professor of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and Chair of the School of Pathology at the University of Witsatersrand. He trained in his native country of South Africa and is a registered specialist in both South Africa and the United Kingdom. He did his postdoctoral research at Rockefeller University in New York. Dr. Klugman has served as a member of numerous international committees including those of the World Health Organization and the Institute of Medicine. He chairs the Wellcome Trust Tropical Interview Committee, in London. He serves as editor or member of the editorial board of 10 international journals on medicine, infectious diseases, vaccines and antimicrobial research. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.
His research focuses on the emergence of antibiotic resistant strains of pneumococci, leading to predictions about the spread of resistance and the development of policies on immunization, along with research regarding acute respiratory infections, bacterial vaccines and typhoid fever.
The mission of the International Committee (IC) is to ensure that ASM continues and expands its global activities in the field of microbiological sciences. The International Committee accomplishes this mission by:
-Ensuring that ASM's products and services effectively serve its international membership and the broader international microbiological community;
-Establishing collaborative relationships with international societies and organizations;
-Fostering access to microbiological knowledge worldwide; and
-Developing programs that address issues of global concern.