Antimicrobials 2016
Professor Chris Baggoley
Chief Medical Officer

Professor Chris Baggoley is Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government and is the principal medical adviser to the Minister and the Department of Health. He also holds direct responsibility for the Department of Health’s Office of Health Protection.

Prior to his appointment Professor Baggoley was the Chief Executive of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. He was a former Chief Medical Officer with the South Australian Department of Health. His clinical career has been in emergency medicine. 

Professor Baggoley was the President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, Chair of the national Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges and Chair of the Board of the National Institute of Clinical Studies and his previous medical positions include Professor-Director of Emergency Medicine at the University of Adelaide and Royal Adelaide Hospital; Director of Emergency Medicine at Flinders Medical Centre; the inaugural Director of Emergency Services at the Ashford Community Hospital. 

In addition to his Flinders University Degree in Medicine, Professor Baggoley holds a Flinders University Bachelor in Social Administration and an Honours degree in Veterinary Science from the University of Melbourne. In the Queen's Birthday honours for 2013, Professor Baggoley was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).
Dr Robyn Martin
Assistant Secretary - Animal Health Policy Branch

Robyn graduated with a veterinary degree from Murdoch University and then worked in private veterinary practice for several years before undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy at Queensland University. Following her PhD Robyn initially worked for the Western Australian Department of Agriculture and Food and then joined the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in Canberra in 1995.

Robyn is currently the Assistant Secretary of the Animal Health Policy branch and deputises for the Australian Chief Veterinary Officer. This branch works with government and industry partners to lead and coordinate animal health policies and programs including those related to one health to strengthen national prevention, preparedness and response capacity and capabilities. This includes working with our near neighbours in Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and Indonesia

Dr Robin Patel
Mayo Clinic
United States of America

Dr. Robin Patel graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Chemistry in 1985 and from McGill University in Montreal, Canada with an M.D.(C.M.) in 1989. She then moved to Rochester, Minnesota, where she completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Microbiology and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic. In 1996, upon completion of post-graduate training, she joined the staff of Mayo Clinic. She is currently Professor of Medicine, and Professor of Microbiology, Director of the Clinical Bacteriology Laboratory and the Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory, and Chair of the Division of Clinical Microbiology, Mayo Clinic. 

Doctor Patel is board certified in Infectious Diseases (American Board of Internal Medicine), Medical Microbiology/Public Health Microbiology (American Board of Medical Microbiology), Clinical Pathology/Medical Microbiology (American Board of Pathology), and Internal Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (Collège des Médecins du Québec and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada). 

Doctor Patel’s research focuses on clinical bacteriology diagnostic testing, antimicrobial resistance, and microbial biofilms. She has published over 250 peer reviewed manuscripts and has delivered numerous national and international presentations. She is a Fellow of American Academy of Microbiology, a past member of the IDWeek Program Planning Committee, the chair of the United States Medical Licensing Examination Microbiology and Immunology Test Material Development Committee and the vice chair of the ICAAC Program Planning Committee. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, and the course director for the Mayo Medical School Microbiology course.
Professor Alex van Belkum

Professor Alex van BELKUM, PhDPhD is Dutch, married with three children and graduated as a biologist at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands in 1983. In 1988 he did a PhD examination in Biochemistry at the same University. In 1996 he succeeded in a second PhD examination, subject Molecular Microbiology, at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Between 1988-1990 he was involved in malaria vaccine research as a research scientist at the Biomedical Primate Research Centre BPRC-TNO, Department of Infectious Diseases, Rijswijk, The Netherlands.

Between 1990-1991 he was Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases, MedScand Ingeny B.V., Leiden, The Netherlands after which he joined as a staff member the Department of Molecular Biology, Diagnostic Centre SSDZ, Delft, The Netherlands (1991-1994). In both jobs the focus was on the development of molecular tests for the detection and characterization of infectious pathogens. From 1994 onwards until 2010 he was staff member at the Erasmus university Medical Center Rotterdam EMCR, Department of Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Between 2002 and 2010 he was Head of the Unit Research and Development of the Department before. From 2003 onwards he is (honorary) Professor of Molecular Microbiology at Erasmus MC. From 2010 to 2011 he worked for bioMérieux as R&D Director in the La Balme Microbiology Unit. Since 2011 Van Belkum is Corporate Vice President R&D Microbiology at bioMerieux (La Balme les Grottes, France). He there works within an international team of 130-150 researchers in the field of in vitro diagnostics in the field of primarily bacterial diseases. 

Overall, Alex van Belkum (co)authored close to 500 PubMed-included manuscripts, over a hundred chapters in books and a variety of editorials, prefaces, letters etc which have been cited over 25.000 times. The H-factor for Alex van Belkum is currently about 80. Van Belkum is Editor in Chief of the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Professor Chris Baggoley is Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government and is the principal medical adviser to the Minister and the Department of Health. He also holds direct responsibility for the Department of Health’s Office of Health Protection.

Professor Neil Woodford
Imperial College of London
United Kingdom

Prof Neil Woodford is the Public Health England (PHE) Lead for the Applied Molecular Bacteriology theme of the National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit in Healthcare Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance. 

Professor Woodford is also the Head of the Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections (AMRHAI) Reference Unit at Public Health England. He is an international expert in molecular detection of the genetic determinants of key resistances through AMRHAI. 

He has worked on antibiotic resistance for over 25 years, and has co-authored more than 250 publications, edited three books on the subject and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists on the basis of his published works. He served for 10 years as an Editor of the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, and is on the Editorial Board of Microbial Drug Resistance.