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Institute of Human Virology Names Dr. Man Charurat as Director of the Center for International Health, Education, and Biosecurity

December 03, 2018 | Nora Samaranayake

Man E. Charurat, PhD, MHS

Dr. Charurat brings decades of expertise to head University of Maryland School of Medicine Institute’s vast international programs

The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine today announced the appointment of Man E. Charurat, PhD, MHS, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention at the IHV as the Director of IHV’s Center for International Health, Education, and Biosecurity (CIHEB).  Dr. Charurat will replace Deus Bazira, DrPH, MPH, MBA.  The announcement was made by Robert C. Gallo, MD, The Homer & Martha Gudelsky Distinguished Professor in Medicine, Co-Founder and Director of the IHV, and Co-Founder and Director of the Global Virus Network (GVN).

“Dr. Charurat is a renowned global health leader and researcher, who is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking epidemiological studies in sub-Saharan Africa with populations affected, and infected, by HIV,” said Dr. Gallo. “With Dr. Charurat’s leadership, I have no doubt that CIHEB’s mission will grow its existing footprint in Botswana, Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia, Tanzania, and Nigeria by strengthening local capacities for quality services and research.”

CIHEB comprises nearly fifteen years of IHV’s international public health initiatives and programs that have positively impacted millions of patients in resource-constrained countries.  CIHEB’s success is based upon its extensive connections with clinical and public health institutions and networks of foreign-born and foreign-based experts and personnel, which enhances effective, evidence-based interventions that are sustainable in project countries.  CIHEB’s work also includes significant roles in the development of foreign countries’ national healthcare systems, thereby serving as an agent of change for millions of people living in need of quality healthcare around the world.

“Dr. Charurat’s team at the IHV has a history of establishing patient-centered programs where the populations they serve are at the center of the program design,” said Dr. Gallo  “Through collaboration and a vibrant learning environment, Dr. Charurat will certainly enhance CIHEB’s initiatives, particularly in research and publications.”

Dr. Charurat has nearly 20 years with partners in Africa, where he helped establish credible HIV service delivery and research that guides the development, implementation, and evaluation of health programs. Additionally, he established a robust field research site in Nigeria that currently executes nearly a dozen National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grants.

“Dr. Charurat’s vision for CIHEB, to achieve higher visibility locally, nationally and globally through innovative population science and evidenced-based services to improve the quality of services for HIV, co-infections, and non-communicable diseases, will serve not just the IHV, but the University and international community broadly,” said Dr. Gallo.

Dr. Charurat received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Washington, Seattle, Masters of Health Science in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University and PhD in International Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.   He was named the Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention at the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2015 and has grown the Division into a vibrant, dynamic program with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NIH awards totaling $121 million annually. 

About the Institute of Human Virology

Formed in 1996 as a partnership between the State of Maryland, the City of Baltimore, the University System of Maryland and the University of Maryland Medical System, IHV is an institute of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is home to some of the most globally-recognized and world-renowned experts in all of virology. The IHV combines the disciplines of basic research, epidemiology and clinical research in a concerted effort to speed the discovery of diagnostics and therapeutics for a wide variety of chronic and deadly viral and immune disorders - most notably, HIV the virus that causes AIDS. For more information, www.ihv.org and follow us on Twitter @IHVmaryland.

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