To become a member of APACI, you must have a genuine interest in influenza in the Asia-Pacific region. However it is not possible to become a member if you are employed by the pharmaceutical industry, nor if you are employed by any organization that provides funding to APACI.
Members are entitled to vote at APACI’s Annual General Meeting (and extraordinary general meetings), but also carry a liability (which is limited to a maximum of HK$10 towards costs associated with winding up of the organization).
While there are no legal obligations put upon members, there is a moral obligation to support the aims and objectives of APACI.
A copy of APACI's constitution (memorandum and articles of association) can be downloaded here.
Prof Paul Van Buynder
Professor Paul Van Buynder is a public health physician with the Gold Coast Health Service. He also holds an appointment as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. After undergraduate medical training at Melbourne University, he completed a Masters in Public Health at Sydney University. He has held senior public health positions in a number of Australian states, at the Centre for Infections in the United Kingdom and in two Canadian provinces. He has been a member of the influenza specialist committee of the respective National Immunisation Technical Advisory Groups in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. His research interests include vaccine effectiveness studies, and the evaluation of programs and marketing to maximise vaccine coverage. These vaccine effectiveness studies included trials with both both ASO3 and MF59 adjuvanted influenza vaccines.
A/Prof Jodie McVernon
Associate Professor Jodie McVernon is a medical graduate with subspecialty training in Paediatrics, Public Health and Vaccinology. She has extensive expertise in clinical vaccine trials, epidemiologic studies and mathematical modelling of infectious diseases, gained at the University of Oxford, Health Protection Agency London and University of Melbourne. She heads the Modelling and Simulation Unit within the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Her highly inter-disciplinary research group uses mathematical and computational models to advance understanding of infectious disease epidemiology, and consider the likely impacts of interventions including vaccines to limit infection spread and burden. Jodie is a current member of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, and sits on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases. Modelling work undertaken by her group and associated collaborators for the Australian and Mongolian governments has informed influenza pandemic preparedness and response activities.
Prof Manzoor Hussain
After graduating from Dhaka Medical College (MBBS in 1976), Professor Manzoor Hussain obtained DTM&H from Bangkok School of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, DCH from Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow, and MRCP in Paediatrics from Royal colleges of Physicians of United Kingdom, and awarded the Membership of Royal College of Physicians & Child Health. He also became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine (UK), and obtained Fellowships from all three Royal Colleges of United Kingdom. He has been awarded FCPS by Bangladesh College of Physicians & Surgeons, and FRCPCH by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK).
Dr Nasir Khan
Dr Khan currently works as a WHO Medical Surveillance Officer Dhaka
Bangladesh and does research in the area of infectious diseases,
vaccination, public health and epidemiology.
Dr Hui-Ling Yen
Dr Hui-Ling Yen is Assistant Professor, Division of Public Health Laboratory Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong.
Dr. Hui-Ling Yen received her Ph.D. in Epidemiological Science in 2005 from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor followed by her postdoctoral training at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN. Her research interests focus on understanding the mechanism facilitating the transmission of influenza A virus among and between different reservoirs, exploring the potential virus-host interactions that affect viral pathogenicity and the host clinical outcome, and examining the molecular determinants that confer antiviral resistance.
Dr. Yen is a Full Member of the American Society of Virology. She serves as an Editorial Board Member at Antiviral Research and an Academic Editor at PLoS ONE.
Prof Anahita R. Chauhan
Professor and Unit Head of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Seth GS Medical College and King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital, Parel, Mumbai and consultant at the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Saifee Hospital. She has published a number of scientific and medical papers in her area of expertise and is Clinical Secretary Mumbai Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society, Assistant Secretary for the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India and co-editor of the Journal of Postgraduate Gynecology Obstetrics
Nilanshu has a Master of Science in medical virology from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He is currently a Research Scholar in the Department of Virology, Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, Delhi University and has trained in immunologic experiments, molecular diagnosis of viruses, pathogenesis of RNA viruses using murine models and antiviral strategies.
Dr Jayant K Panda
Dr Jayanta Kumar Panda is a Diabetologist and Critical Care Physician based in Cuttack. He has been in Orissa Medical Education Service since 1999 and presently works as Associate Professor in the Postgraduate Department of Medicine at SCB Medical College, Cuttack.
Dr Jyotirmoy Pal
Dr Pal is Professor Medicine at the RG Kar Medical College Kolkata. He is a Fellow of both the Indian College of Physicians and American College of Physicians.
Dr Naveen Thacker
Dr Naveen Thacker, a well-known child specialist of Gandhidham, is the President Elect of the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (APPA). He is presently CSO Alternate Representative to the GAVI Alliance Board (2013-2015) and Coordinator of Development at the International Pediatric Association (IPA) (2013-2016). He was the Past President of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (2007). He has also represented IPA as Standing Committee Member for six years; been a Steering Committee member of GAVI CSO; and served as the website editor of IPA, APPA and GAVI CSO. He was the Chairperson of the IPA Communication Committee and is an active member of IPA’s Technical Advisory Group on Immunization.
His work on polio eradication is recognized internationally and his articles on the subject have been published in The New York Times, Time Asia Wall Street Journal, The Time, The Hindu, Wall Street Journal India, Dowser and the National. He received the 2012 Outstanding Asian Pediatrician Awards at the APPA Congress in Sarawak, Malaysia. He currently is the Director of Deep Children Hospital and Research Centre, Gandhidham
Prof Dr Suchitra Narayan Pandit
Prof Dr Pandit is a Senior Consultant Obstetrician & Gynecologist & Head at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital & Research Centre, Mumbai.
Dr Venkatasubramanian Ramasubramanian
Dr V. Ramasubramanian is an Internal Medicine, HIV Specialist and Allergist/Immunologist in Chennai and has an experience of 28 years in these fields. He practices at Boosters -the Immune Clinic. He completed MBBS from Madras Medical College, Chennai in 1988, MD - Internal Medicine from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh in 1992 and MRCP from Royal. College of Physicians, London in 1994. He is a member of Tamilnadu Medical Council and Indian Medical Association (IMA). Some of the services provided by the doctor are: travel health, vaccination for pregnant women, infectious disease treatment and adult vaccine.
Dr Parvaiz A Koul
Dr Koul is Professor and Head of Internal & Pulmonary Medicine, Chair in Medicine/Program Director, Chairman, Core Committee, RNTCP program at the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, J&K (India).
Prof.(Dr.) Parvaiz A. Koul did his MBBS from Government Medical College, Srinagar and MD (Medicine) from SKIMS. He completed fellowship in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine from Northshore Long Island Jewish Hospital System, Long I slands, New York. Dr. Koul is a member of many International professional bodies, fellow of the American College of Physicians and American College of Chest Physicians and a fellow of Royal College of Physicians, London. He has been conferred a number of International and National awards including the Pfizer Human Initiative 2004 Award. He has more than 100 publications are to his credit in books and high impact factor journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Chest etc. and delivered more than 200 lectures, keynote addresses and research presentations. Dr. Koul has set up an independent state-of-art Influenza Lab. Dr. Koul also heads recently established Clinical Research Department of Sher-l-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar and is the nodal officer for ART centre besides being the Chairman Core Committee for RNTCP and Chief of Geriatrics. His current interests include Influenza, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine.
Dr A Muruganathan
Dr Muruganathan M.D FRCP (GLASG)., FRCP (LONDON)., FACP (USA)., FPCP (PHILIPPINES)., FICP
Dr. B. C. Roy Awardee
Received Best Performing Doctor Award from Tamilnadu Government on
Doctor's Day 1st July 2014.
Received “IMA Dr. M.G.Garg all time achievement award” from National
Indian Medical Association Dec 2014.
President – Hypertension Society of India (HSI): 2015 – 2016
Dean – Indian College of Physicians (ICP): 2016-2017.
President-Association of Physicians of India (API) 2013-2014.
Vice President – Indian Red Cross Society – Tamil Nadu State Branch (2012 – 2016 March)
President – Tirupur Tamil Sangam
Dr Gemawat Narendra
Dr Narendra is a paediatrician and currently works for the Hindustan Chamber Chikitsalaya and coordinates its School Health Program. His special interests include childhood immunisation, catch–up school immunisation programs, new vaccines, hygiene programs and childhood neurological disorders.
Dr Binod Kumar
Dr Kumar currently works at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, USA. He has 10 years of research experience in molecular virology (DNA and RNA viruses). His current research work is focused on the Kaposi's sarcoma associated herpes virus (KSHV) entry and trafficking in host cells. He has also done research on the post-transcriptional gene silencing strategies on various strains of human influenza viruses (H1N1, H3N2, Influenza B) and has successfully demonstrated the down-regulation of various flu virus replication in cell lines and mice models using siRNA, Ribozymes and DNAzymes. He has also been extensively engaged in surveillance and epidemiology of influenza and RSV in India and in developing DNA vaccines against Influenza A viruses which has potential therapeutic applications
Prof Dr Sudhir Satpathy
Prof Dr Satpathy is Director of the School of Public Health, KIIT University and is a renowned Public Health Specialist and Epidemiologist. His broad areas of research interests cover infectious diseases, including community based research in influenza, non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health, population sciences, environmental health and health system research. He has participated in many national and international workshops and meetings, and is an active member of many national and international professional associations, and published over 34 papers and reports.
A/Prof Madhu Khanna
Associate Professor Madhu Khanna is a researcher and teacher at the Department of Virology, Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, Delhi University, Delhi. Her research interest includes molecular diagnosis of viruses, pathogenesis of virus and antiviral strategies. She has published over 40 research papers and numerous book chapters in the field of influenza. She is presently undertaking an APACI funded project on "Antibody responses and duration of protection in adults in old age", due for completion at the end of 2015.
Dr O. P. Sharma
Dr O. P. Sharma is a consultant physician with special interest in Geriatrics. He is the National Professor of Geriatrics and General Secretary of the Geriatric Society of India.He has conceptualized, edited & produced the first text book in India on Geriatrics ”Geriatric Care”. He is the editor of “Indian Guidelines of Vaccination in Older Adults”. In addition, he is a Founder Fellow of the Indian College of Physicians, Geriatric Society of India and International College of Nutrition. He is also a Fellow of the IMA College of General Practitioners, IMA Academy of Medical Specialties, International Academy of Medical Specialties, Indian Academy of Clinical Medicine and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
Dr Suzy Maria
Dr Maria is a doctor of Internal Medicine and Allergy, Clinical Immunology Division, Internal Medicine Department at the Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo National General Hospital. She also works at SMEC Eye Center and the Matraman District General Hospital in Jakarta. She has also been Executive editor for the Indonesian Journal of Rheumatology.
Dr Philip Poi Jun Hua
Head of the Division of Geriatrics, Universiti Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
Professor Philip Poi Jun Hua trained at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and graduated in 1981, and was conferred with LRCP&S (Ireland) and MB, ChB and BAO from the National University of Ireland. Dr. Poi obtained his MRCP in 1986 from the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland and trained in Geriatric Medicine in Oxford, London (St Bartholomew’s) and Southampton before returning to Malaysia.
Having contributed to the development of a new geriatric wing in University Malaya Medical Centre, the first purpose-built ward for acutely ill elderly patients in Malaysia, Dr. Poi is also in the Ministry of Health’s Technical Committee for the National Healthcare for the Elderly Programme, which is involved in policy making decisions concerning elderly care, and in training their trainers to improve the quality of health care delivery to the elderly Malaysians. Supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students in Universiti Malaya, he is also actively involved in lectures, research and consultancy. Dr. Poi has also contributed to chapters in medical textbooks and has had articles published in several medical journals and in the popular press. A former Vice-President of the Gerontological Association of Malaysia and immediate past President of the Malaysian Society of Geriatric Medicine, and is an executive committee member and medical advisor of the Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation of Malaysia.
Prof Zamberi Sekawi
Zamberi Sekawi is a Professor of Medical Microbiology and Senior Consultant Clinical Microbiologist at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University Putra Malaysia. He is actively involved in research and had secured many research grants, had extensive publications and had won numerous research awards. His research is mainly on respiratory viruses, with special interest in influenza. He is also very active in vaccine advocacy movement.
Dr Vickneshwaran Muthu
Dr Muthu currently works as Senior Principal Assistant Director Zoonosis Sector, Disease Control Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia.
His works involves: monitoring incidents and epidemics plus ensuring preventive and control measures should be implemented for the zoonotic and non-zoonotic diseases like Neglected Tropical Diseases, HFMD, Influenza and Melioidosis as well as developing policies, guidelines and related research on prevention and control of zoonoses.
Dr Tony Walls
Dr Walls is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Otago, Christchurch Paediatric and an Infectious Disease Specialist.
Tony Walls is a graduate of the University of Otago, having trained in Paediatrics at both Christchurch and Dunedin Hospitals. He trained as a Paediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at the Royal London Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. At this time he completed an M.D. through the University of London, focusing on adenovirus infection in children following bone marrow transplantation.
He has an ongoing clinical interest in the management of infection in immunocompromised children. Before returning to Christchurch he worked as a Consultant at Sydney Children’s Hospital, and was lead clinician for the Paediatric HIV Service. Tony has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Teaching and is currently the convener of the Trainee Intern programme in Paediatrics. Along with Paediatric teaching he teaches about immunisation, primary immune deficiency and Paediatric Infectious Diseases as part of the Pathology teaching programme. His ongoing research interests include Vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases Otitis media in New Zealand Complications of varicella infection in children in New Zealand.
Dr John Ryan McLane
Dr Ryan is a highly qualified nurse who is currently a Senior Advisor on the Communicable Disease Team, New Zealand Ministry of Health. He advises on a range of health issues with a focus upon immunization, infectious disease, public health, and health care system integration and liaises with and leads the health sector in the development and implementation of programs and interventions to mitigate the impact of communicable disease in New Zealand and globally.
Dr Carol Tan Yean Eng
Dr Tan is a Specialist in Geriatric Medicine and Chair of, The Good Life Co-operative
Dr Tan is a geriatrician by training. She has been involved in direct patient care across the entire continuum including acute hospitals as well as in the intermediate and long term care sector. She has also been active in the development of geriatric medicine services in Singapore where she headed Geriatric Medicine units in both Changi General Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.
As a policy maker, she was with the Ministry of Health, Singapore and held concurrent appointments in the Epidemiology and Disease Control, Integrated Health Services and Health Finance Divisions. She served as Deputy Director (Elderly and Disability Policy), Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and worked on the Prime Minster Office (Ageing) portfolio. Under the Ageing Portfolio, she developed the Wellness Programme, a national programme to promote Active Ageing. She was part of the government led Ministerial Committee for Ageing team adopting Whole of government approach to ageing that included the built environment, housing, transport, health and social services. Her involvement as a policy maker included policy planning, service development, financing and licensing, regulation.
Her interests are in developing a person-centred, whole life, integrated, multidisciplinary, evidence based approach in the area of health and social care provision incorporating both the clinician as well as administrative, policy planning perspectives. She is especially interested in promoting public- private- people sector collaboration facilitating a whole government, all people approach to longevity.
The impact of an ageing population on health, service provision and standards as well as financing schemes is also areas that Dr Tan has been actively involved in and she has been active in advocating for better healthcare coverage, insurance to ensure affordability for all.
She is currently spearheading Active Ageing Programmes through The Good Life Co-operative that partners seniors and their families and include health screening, risk assessment, health literacy and follow-up programmes for the middle agers.
Prof Leo Yee Sin
Professor Leo currently heads the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology (IIDE) of Tan Tock Seng Hospital. She holds a concurrent appointment as the Clinical Director of Communicable Disease Centre, Singapore.
Professor Leo is an Infectious Diseases clinician with keen interest in Public Health. She started the comprehensive HIV program at CDC in 1995 and till today has continuously devoted her effort in improving HIV management as well as the general well-being of those infected and affected by the disease. Notably she led her team battling through multiple episodes of outbreak in Singapore in recent years; the Nipah (1999), SARS (2003), Chikungunya (2008), the Pandemic Influenza outbreaks in 2009 and the current surge of dengue cases since 2013. Her experience in outbreak management is frequently called upon as advisor at national, regional and international level. For her outstanding battle against SARS, she was conferred the most prestigious national award “The Public Service Star” in 2003. Professor Leo was appointed the first Director of the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology in November 2012. She was tasked to provide the administrative and professional leadership to establish IIDE with a view to improve integration and coordination of infectious diseases and its related fields in Singapore. In addition, she oversees the building of the new state-of-the-art infectious disease hospital, the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID), which is targeted to be ready by year 2018. Professor Leo graduated from National University of Singapore in 1983 and obtained Master of Medicine and MRCP in 1989. A life-long learner who never ceases to improve herself, she obtained her Master of Public Health (Saw Swee Hock, School of Public Health, NUS) in 2013. Apart from her clinical and administrative duties; she is a highly sought-after speaker who is equally involved in teaching and research. Topics of her research interest include dengue, influenza, emerging infections and HIV. She has well-over 170 peer review publications to date.
Dr Le Thi Huong
Dr Le Thi Huong is a Director of the Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Hanoi Medical University, and Head of it's Nutrition and Food Safety Department. Dr Huong is a Medical Doctor with a PhD in Nutrition, Food Technology and Biotechnology (Wageningen University, The Netherlands), and a Masters Degree in Community Nutrition from the Hanoi Medical University. She has also studied in the US, Australia, The Philippines and Thailand.
Dr Hoan Le Thi
Dr Hoan Le Thi is Senior lecturer and Head of Department of Training- Scientific Research Management and International cooperation at the Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Hanoi Medical University. She received her PhD in Social Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institute, Sweden in 2011, and has a Diploma in applied parasitology and entomology (Institute for Medical Research, Malaysia), as well as a Master of Science in Medicine, and Medical Doctor qualification from Hanoi Medical University, Vietnam. She has over 20 research articles in both English and Vietnamese and has co-authored 6 books in Vietnamese.
Dr Nguyen Dang Vung
Dr Nguyen Dang Vung is Vice Director of the Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Hanoi Medical University and Head of the Department of Population and Central Laboratory at the Institute. Specialized in Hygiene and Epidemiology. He has trained and worked in many countries including the Philippines, Germany and Sweden and is a coordinator for national, regional cooperation in the health and preventive medicine projects in Viet Nam.
Dr Nguyen Van Huy
Dr Nguyen Van Huy is a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Health Management and Organization, Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Hanoi Medical University. His work covers public health issues including leadership and management skills, management tools, health systems, health system management, hospital management, human resources management, primary health care, demography, health statistics, research methodology, and other public health-related issues. He has won the many awards including the Dang Van Ngu Scientific Research Award – an award that recognizes outstanding implementation of scientific research and is the author of numerous scientific publications.
A/Prof Dao Thi Minh An
A/Prof Dao Thi Minh An is lecturer in epidemiology and research methodology and Vice-Head of the Department of Epidemiology, Institute of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Hanoi Medical University. She is also Coordinator of the Continuous Medical Education (CME) at Hanoi Medical University and has published numerous scientific and medical papers. Dr Dao Thi Minh An has done post doctoral work at School of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology (Australia) as well as the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
Ms Pham Tuong Van
Ms. Pham Tuong Van is a Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Social Medicine at the Hanoi Medical University. Her research includes avian influenza, human resources, medical equipment and supplies, health system research, medical insurances, non-communicable diseases, sexual reproductive health, gender and HIV and health education and interventions. She has degrees in public health and health social sciences.
A/Prof Hoang Van Minh
A/Prof Hoang Van Minh is Vice-Director of the Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Hanoi Medical University and Vice-Head of the Department of Health Economics at Hanoi Medical University. He is also Manager of the Center for Health System Research at Hanoi Medical University. His areas of interest and research include health economics and financing, epidemiology of non-communicable diseases and research methodology and statistics. He has published widely in these areas as well as writing textbooks.
Dr Le Thi Kim Thoa
Dr Le Thi Kim Thoa is a Medical Doctor at Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi, Viet Nam, with a post-graduate diploma in health education, and a masters degree in public health. She has trained in Sweden and India, with additional training in Thailand and the USA. Her healthcare experience is a clinical doctor in the Department of Internal Medicine on communicable diseases, 4 years of work in Department of occupational diseases, and as a medical doctor with experiences in field research and health structure at different levels for different projects on Health and rural development.
Updated 31 January 2017