Dr. John Reeder

Dr. Reeder is the Director of the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) as well as the Director of the Centre for Population Health and Head of the Office of International Health Research at the Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia’s largest infectious disease research institute. Before this, he was Director of the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research for 6 years, where he worked on translating scientific findings into policy for improved health. He substantially increased funding for the six core areas: mosquito-borne diseases, respiratory disease, sexual health, disease surveillance, infectious diseases and therapies, and operational/implementation research, growing the programme to over 350 staff.

Dr. Reeder has advised numerous international organizations on strengthening health research capacity in the least developed countries, such as the United States Fogarty Institute’s global infectious disease research training. He has also provided support to the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM), the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and grant guidance to the Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has published over 120 scientific papers that span basic laboratory research to large community-based field studies.