Dr. Anita Desai, is a Professor and the current Head of the Dept. of Neurovirology,  NIMHANS, Bangalore, India. During the past two and a half decades at NIMHANS, her major research interests include pathogenesis and immune response of viral infections of the CNS, molecular mechanisms of host-virus interaction and virus–vector competence. She is also engaged in public health activities. She is the in-charge of 7 national programmes on HIV/AIDS currently in NIMHANS.  She was awarded the Wellcome Trust Travelling Research Fellowship  in 1998 and the International Research Development Award of the Wellcome Trust in 2002. Dr. Desai has so far mentored 17 students for their Ph.D degree.  She has over 110 papers published in peer-reviewed journals, 7 chapters in books and monographs and  one international patent to her credit. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (MAMS), India  and has been nominated as a technical expert on many national and international committees. She has been appointed as a consultant by the WHO-SEARO for in-country missions in the South East Asia Region to build laboratory capacity, strengthen quality management systems and help the countries develop the national policy for laboratories and strategic and operational plans for strengthening laboratory services.  Dr Anita Desai has been an active collaborator of the University of Liverpool since 2002. 

Linda A. Nyondo-Mipando  is a health systems researcher and faculty member of the Department of Health Systems and Policy at the College of Medicine, Malawi, with research interest in improving delivery of various health services, optimizing uptake of evidence based interventions, and understanding reasons for poor performance of effective interventions in the health system.

Ben Michael: I am a Senior Clinician Scientist Fellow at the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections and an Honorary Consultant Neurologist at the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust. I conduct my research at the Center for Immune and Inflammatory Disease, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. I obtained an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in 2008 and was awarded an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship in 2010. I obtained and NIHR Academic Clinical Lectureship in 2015, and was awarded an Academy of Medical Sciences grant and the British Medical Association Vera Down grant for Neuroscience in 2016.  I completed a PhD on the neuroimmunological response in viral encephalitis and am a main author for the ABN/BIA National Encephalitis Guideline. My research interests include: Neuro-immunological responses, particularly to infection, and the clinical management of central nervous system infections. I am a Trustee for the Encephalitis Society and work closely with the Meningitis Research Foundation, the International Encephalitis Working Group and the National Patient Safety Agency to promote public and patient involvement in research and clinical practice development. I run the NeuroPACES course, assist in co-ordinating the NeuroID course, and lead the development of the NeuroAccess programme to improve neurological education in two sites in sub-Saharan Africa.

Professor Tom Solomon is Chair of Neurological Science at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Infection and Global Health and the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, and Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections. After qualifying in Medicine at Oxford, his research training included 3 years at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam, and 2 at the University of Texas Medical Brain, Galveston, USA. He heads the multi-disciplinary Liverpool Brain Infections Group. With nearly £30 million in research funding the group works to reduce the UK and global burden of neurological disease in adults and children caused by infections, with major programmes on Japanese encephalitis in Asia, and Zika and Chikungunya in Latin America. Tom is a keen teacher, running the annual Neurological Infectious Diseases course in Liverpool, and an enthusiastic science communicator; his popular science book Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicine was published in 2016.  He tweets @RunningMadProf