Ninth EDCTP Forum 2018



Prof. Moses Bockarie, EDCTP (South Africa)

Professor Moses John Bockarie joined EDCTP as Director of South-South Cooperation and Head of Africa Office on 1 July 2016. Prof. Bockarie, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, is a specialist in the field of neglected infectious diseases and an internationally experienced researcher. He has worked in many countries in Africa, Europe and the Pacific region, and in the United States of America.

Prof. Bockarie worked on various research programmes on malaria and other neglected diseases in Sierra Leone, before taking up an appointment at the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research, becoming Principal Research Fellow in Medical Entomology and Head of the Vector Borne Disease Unit in 1996. In 2005 he joined the Centre for Global Health and Diseases, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio, USA as Visiting Professor, where he continued his research on neglected diseases until his appointment in Liverpool in 2008.


Dr Pauline Beattie, EDCTP (Netherlands)

Dr Pauline Beattie joined the management team of the organisation in August 2011, where she heads the Calls & Grants department. Dr Beattie has a Masters and DPhil in Parasitology, with a focus on malaria research. Prior to joining EDCTP, she was a Science Portfolio Manager at the Wellcome Trust where she gained extensive experience in grants management.

At EDCTP, she is responsible for the management and oversight of the grant application process, from the development of calls for proposals, management of peer review, through to post-award evaluation.



Programme committee

Scientific Advisory Committee members

Maria Fraga Oliveira Martins, Institute for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, New University of Lisbon (Portugal)
Professor Maria Fraga Oliveira Martins is Professor of Biostatistics at the New University of Lisbon (UNL), Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Portugal. She also holds the positions of member of the General Council of the UNL and member of the Ethics Committee for Clinical Research (CEIC), Ministry of Health of Portugal. She took a Bachelors degree in Economics at UNL (1986), and has a Masters and PhD in Econometrics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (1994, 1999). Her research interests include biostatistics, health economics, econometrics, ethics, statistical modelling of tropical diseases. She has a particular focus on research capacity strengthening and training in Portuguese-speaking African countries.



Clara Menéndez, Barcelona, Centre for International Health Research (Spain)
Professor Clara Menéndez Santos is a Research Professor at the ISGlobal/Hospital Clinic-University of Barcelona since 2007; since 2012 she is Director of the Maternal, Child and Reproductive Health Initiative (SAMIR) at ISGlobal. She trained in medicine at the Autonomous University of Madrid (1983) and has a PhD from the University of Barcelona (1999). Her research interests include malaria in pregnancy, maternal and child health, antimalarial drugs, clinical trials, epidemiology and pharmacovigilance. She has a track record of over 25 years of research in maternal and child health, focused on developing countries with a special interest in infectious diseases. She leads several large-scale, international, multi-disciplinary research consortia in Africa, Asia and Latin America, which incorporate capacity building and scientific leadership development initiatives. She has an extensive research track record and has served in numerous international scientific advisory roles.


Martin Meremikwu, University of Calabar (Nigeria)
Professor Martin Meremikwu is a tenured Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at the College of Medical Sciences University of Calabar in Cross River State, Nigeria where he also leads the clinical trials and evidence-based healthcare programme of the Institute of Tropical Diseases Research and Prevention.

He obtained MBBCH at the University of Calabar in 1985 and a Master of Science in Mother and Child Health at the Institute of Child Health, University London, United Kingdom in 1993. He holds a specialist fellowship of the Faculty of Paediatrics of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria and is a Fellow of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, United Kingdom. He has received additional training and fellowships in disease control, clinical trials, research ethics, evidence-based healthcare and research synthesis. Currently, he teaches these topics in postgraduate programs and as short courses.

He pioneered the Cross River Health and Demographic System which became an INDEPTH member site in 2013. Prof. Meremikwu served as Editor in the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group for several years and still maintains an active link with the group by providing support to systematic review authors. He is the Director of Cochrane Nigeria and current Chair of the Nigerian National TB/HIV Technical Working Group. He was awarded the Kenneth Warren Prize for excellence in developing Cochrane systematic reviews in 2009.

Marleen Temmerman, Aga Khan University (AKU) Hospital Nairobi, Kenya; Ghent University (Belgium)
Professor Marleen Temmerman is Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Aga Khan University (AKU) Hospital Nairobi, and Director of the Centre of Excellence in Women, Child and Adolescent Health, AKU-East-Africa.

From 2012-2015, she was the Director of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) at the World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva. She is also a full Professor Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Ghent University in Belgium. As an obstetrician she supervised over 18,000 births in many parts of the world. Her interest is women’s health and rights. She has a strong academic background with over 500 publications and books in the area of women’s health, many PhD students in Europe, Africa (mainly Kenyan scientists), Latin America and China, and several awards and honours.



EDCTP Secretariat

Nuraan Fakier, Project Officer (South Africa)
Dr Michelle Helinski, Project Officer (Netherlands)
Michelle Nderu, Project Officer (South Africa)
Dr Thomas Nyirenda, South-South Networking and Capacity Development Manager (South Africa)

Organising committee

Local host representative

Ricardo Pereira, Foundation for Science & Technology (Portugal)

Local event organiser

Leading (Portugal)

EDCTP Secretariat

Christopher Dixon, Finance Assistant (Netherlands)
Neodia Flores, Grants Finance Assistant (Netherlands)
Jean Marie Habarugira, Project Officer (Netherlands)
Suzanne Hoogervorst, Travel and Events Officer (Netherlands)
Shingai Machingaidze, Project Officer (South Africa)
Daniela Pereira, Communications Officer (Netherlands)
Dr Michelle Singh, Project Officer (South Africa)
Ana Lúcia Weinberg, North-North Networking Officer (Netherlands)

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