Dr Barbara Kerstiëns

Barbara Kerstiëns, MD, MPH is the Deputy Head of Unit in the unit responsible for infectious diseases and public health in the Health Directorate of the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission. The unit promotes and supports EU research and innovation activities in the area of global health with emphasis on HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, emerging epidemics, neglected infectious diseases, antimicrobial drug resistance as well as health promotion and health systems and services research. The unit also supports the implementation of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and the Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GLOPID-R).

She has a long experience in international public health, working for Médecins Sans Frontières, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public health and DG Development and Cooperation of the European Commission prior to joining DG Research and Innovation in 2012.

Barbara Kerstiëns received her M.D. from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, a Postgraduate Certificate in Tropical Medicine from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp and a Master of Public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Session 4: International models and funding
Tuesday 4 April 
Chair: Professor Jian Li

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