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The Return of the E-word: Prospects for Eliminating AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Christopher Dye

Christopher Dye is Director of Health Information at the World Health Organization. He is the leading analyst of the large-scale dynamics of tuberculosis and its interaction with HIV/AIDS. He has championed the use of national surveillance data for evaluating TB burden and trends worldwide, building an evidence base of more than 40 million patients. He has described and explained the dramatic increase of TB in Africa coupled to the spread of HIV infection, the resurgence of TB in eastern Europe, and the rise of multidrug resistant disease. Linking theory with data, he has set international benchmarks for TB control, and stimulated technological developments by defining the potential impact of new diagnostics, drugs and vaccines.

Dye's research in epidemiology is distinguished by the way he has framed major public health questions as problems in population biology. His answers to practical questions about tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases have been obtained through the development and application of ecological and evolutionary principles, alongside the usual techniques of medical statistics.

In 1996 he moved from London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene to the World Health Organization in Geneva, becoming the first Coordinator of Tuberculosis Monitoring and Evaluation. Through the application of quantitative methods, he played a crucial role during a time of rapidly expanding global concern about tuberculosis, with new funding opportunities set against major challenges posed by the emergence of drug resistance and TB-HIV interactions. In 2008, to expand this work to other areas of public health, Dye was appointed founding Director of Health Information for the cluster of WHO departments that deals with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases.

Location: Eno Hall Room 209

Date/Time: 03/28/11 at 4:30 pm - 03/28/11 at 5:30 pm

Category: Health Challenge

Department: Grand Challenges