Frank Cobelens

Frank Cobelens

Frank Cobelens MD MSc PhD (1959) studied medicine in Amsterdam and communicable disease epidemiology in London, and took his PhD at the University of Amsterdam. After working for several years in infectious disease control and clinical infectious diseases and tropical medicine he was a senior researcher with KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation from 2001 to 2009. During that period he was involved in several operational and epidemiological studies on tuberculosis in The Netherlands, Tanzania and Vietnam. Since then he has lead the tuberculosis research group at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development and the Department of Global Health of the Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, where he was appointed full professor of epidemiology and control of poverty-related infectious diseases in 2011. Frank Cobelens has close collaborations with research groups in Europa, the USA, Uganda, Vietnam, Brazil and China, and serves as a consultant to, among others, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has supervised numerous junior researchers and doctoral students at home and abroad, and published over 100 articles in international peer-reviewed scientific journals.His work focuses on causes and spread of anti-tuberculosis drug resistance, and on development and evaluation of novel interventions for tuberculosis control, including new diagnostics, improved case finding, and new treatment approaches. Frank Cobelens has served on various expert panels and international advisory bodies on tuberculosis, including WHO’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Group (STAG), and is playing an active role in several international initiatives to promote tuberculosis research.

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