Infectious diseases are a global concern. Epidemics of influenza, Ebola, and cholera cause significant morbidity and mortality while limiting economies and public health practices. Infectious diseases are of particular concern in resource-limited regions, such as Africa where they are still a leading cause of death.

Although progress has been made in the sphere of infectious diseases with the World Health Organization (WHO) estimating the number of overall infectious disease attributable deaths falling from 12.1 million in 2000 to 9.5 million in 2012, there is still a crucial need for research efforts and healthcare delivery. Infectious diseases afflicted patients at young ages, resulting in deaths earlier in life when compared with other causes. Multiple socioeconomic, environmental, and ecological factors converge to impede positive health outcomes for patients and their communities. Emerging infectious diseases, of which 75% originate in animal populations and cross the animal-human species barrier, require constant surveillance and reactive control techniques. Further compounding these challenges is the development of antimicrobial resistance, reducing the number of effective treatment measures capable of restoring health. Collectively, these are just a few of the challenges that afflict patients and prevent progress in the healthcare community.

At the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID), our mission is to support health professionals, non-government organizations, and governments around the world in their work to prevent, investigate, and manage infectious disease outbreaks when they occur. ISID has a particular focus in countries that have limited resources and which disproportionately bear the burden of infectious diseases.

ISID recognizes:

  • The intersection of infectious diseases in humans, animals, and plants.
  • That infectious diseases cross all national and regional boundaries.
  • That effective long-term solutions require international scientific exchange and cooperation.

The Society is dedicated to developing partnerships and to finding solutions to the problems of infectious diseases across the globe and encourages the collaborative efforts of human health, veterinary health, and environmental health communities working locally, nationally, and globally for best control and management of infectious diseases.

Our goals are to:

  • Improve global pandemic/epidemic preparedness following the One Health concept.
  • Build a global infectious diseases community.
  • Deliver high-quality, globally relevant education.
  • Facilitate the implementation of practical solutions to the challenges associated with outbreaks of infectious diseases.
  • Increase the impact of research developed in low and low-middle income countries in the regions where is has been developed.
  • Build infectious diseases capacity in low and low-middle income countries.
  • Stimulate science for the global good.

The Society is a non-profit, apolitical and transparent organization open to all individuals interested in infectious diseases. Email info@isid.org to request a copy of ISID’s strategic plan.


The International Society for Infectious Diseases was created in 1986 by a merger between the International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID) and The International Federation on Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (IFIPD).

The ICID had been established in 1983 as a scientific assembly for the exchange of research and clinical information in infectious diseases open to any interested individual. An ad-hoc Executive Committee for the ICID initiated discussions with the IFIPD that culminated in the 1986 merger of these two organizations. The 1st ICID organized by the newly created Society was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1988.

The Society has over 90,000 members from over 155 countries around the world.


The International Society for Infectious Diseases brings together a network of over 90,000 individuals from around the world who share a collective belief that infectious diseases cross all national and regional boundaries and that long-term effective solutions require international scientific exchange and cooperation.

ISID and its members are dedicated to developing partnerships and programs that facilitate the development of innovative solutions to infectious disease challenges around the globe, enabled by an effective and inclusive governance model.

ISID is governed by a council, elected by its membership. The Council is organized by geographical region to ensure representation from all the areas of the world. The membership, upon the recommendation of the Council, also approves the composition of the Executive Committee and its officers who are charged with overall responsibility of the Society’s activities and the appointment of an executive director who has day-to-day responsibility for all society business.

Executive Director

Appointed by the Executive Committee and reponsible for the day-to-day running of the Society.

Executive Committee

Responsible for appointing the Executive Director and overseeing all of ISID’s activities, the Executive Committee is composed of:

  • Five officers of the Society: President, President-Elect, Past-President, Treasurer and General Secretary, each serving a four year term.
  • Four members-at-large, each serving a six year term.
  • One representative of the region hosting the next International Congress on Infectious Diseases, serving a two year term.

Executive Committee members are elected by Council Members at biennial General Meetings of the Society held in conjunction with the Society’s International Congress on Infectious Diseases.

Any Council member interested in serving on ISID’s Executive Committee may submit their name, CV and Statement of Interest to the Nominations Committee for consideration. The Nominations Committee draws up a short list of candidates based on nominees’ professional excellence; past and proposed future contributions to the work of the society; and ensuring balanced geographical representation.

The Council of the International Society of Infectious Diseases

Responsible for governing ISID, the Council consists of not more than sixty members each serving a six year term with one-third of Council membership being replaced every two years. Membership is distributed by WHO region to ensure that all regions of the world are represented in the Society’s governing structure.

Council members are elected by Society members at biennial General Meetings of the Society held in conjunction with the Society’s International Congress on Infectious Diseases.

Any member in good standing may submit his or her name to the Nominations Committee for consideration for Council membership.

The Nominations Committee proposes candidates to fill vacancies on the Council based on a nominee’s professional excellence; past and proposed future contributions to the work of the society; and ensuring balanced geographical representation.

The Council serves as both the legislative body of the Society and consulting body for the Executive Committee. Individual members are responsible for:

  • Promoting membership of the Society.
  • Supporting the implementation of the Society’s goals through the dissemination of information about the Society and distributing Society materials at local and regional meetings.
  • Leading local and regional infectious diseases societies, and working closely and collaboratively with these groups to promote the Society and its programs.
  • Maintaining the Society’s worldwide representation.
  • Representing the Society at scientific meetings.
  • Reviewing applications for ISID grant and fellowship programs and/or abstracts submitted for presentation at ISID meetings (two-six hours per annum).
  • Participating in the Society’s various sub-committees including Research, Education and Publications; External Affairs, ProMED, Finance, Nominations, or Programs. Sub-committee meetings are usually held “virtually” by Skype/teleconference three times a year. The role of the subcommittees is evolving, and members may be invited to take on additional activities, as determined by the subcommittee chair.
  • Establishing and maintaining contact with possible sources of funding for the work of the Society and its meetings such as foundations, government agencies, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Note: Any fundraising activity on behalf of the Society must be coordinated through the ISID office in Brookline, MA, USA.

Council members are also encouraged to:

  • Attend the International Congress on Infectious Diseases and to submit abstracts to the Congress. The Society will waive the registration fee of Council members but cannot guarantee any financial help to assist with participation.
  • Contribute and solicit articles and other information (including scheduled events) suitable for publication in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Note: Council members receive no compensation for their efforts on behalf of the Society.

Marc Mendelson, South Africa

Jonathan Cohen, United Kingdom

Secretary and President-elect
Rana Hajjeh, Egypt

Sally Roberts, New Zealand

Lindsay Grayson, Australia
Alison Holmes, United Kingdom
Gagandeep Kang, India
Miguel O’Ryan, Chile
Paul Tambyah, Singapore
Ursula Theuretzbacher, Austria
Zamberi Sekawi, Malaysia


Read more about the Executive Committee Members

African Region

Tayo BABALOBI (Nigeria)
Epizootiologist (veterinary epidemiologist and economist) and lecturer/researcher in animal disease reporting and investigation, University of Ibadan
Focus: Animal diseases, prevention and control

Athanase BADOLO (Burkina Faso)
Associate Professor of Medical Entomology at Ouaga University
Focus: Malaria and dengue

Teshome GEBRE (Ethiopia)
• ISID Nominations Committee
Regional Representative for Africa, The Task Force for Global Health Inc.
Focus: Health care management, malaria and neglected tropical diseases

Shabir A. MADHI (South Africa)
National Institute of Communicable Diseases
Focus: Pediatric infectious diseases, vaccinology against respiratory pathogens and HIV-infected children

Boubacar MAIGA (Mali)
Professor of Immunology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Bamako
Focus: Immunology and malaria

Shaheen MEHTAR (South Africa)
• ISID Education and Publications Committee
Stellenbosch University, Cape Town and chair of Infection Control Africa Network
Focus: Infection prevention and control and antimicrobial stewardship

Papa SALIF-SOW (Senegal)
Professor of Infectious Diseases, University of Dakar
Focus: HIV/AIDS and antiretroviral therapies and management strategies in LMIC

Zegeye TESSEMA (Ethiopia)
Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute
Focus: Public health, surveillance and outbreak investigation

Chinyere UKAGA (Nigeria)
Professor Public Health Parasitology, Ima State University
Focus: Public health and parasitology

Eastern Mediterranean Region

Rashad ABDUL-GHANI (Yemen)
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sana’a University
Focus: Arboviral diseases, parasitology and medical entomology

Laith ABU-RADDAD (Qatar)
Weill Cornell, Medicine Qatar, Doha
Focus: Biostatistics, epidemiology and healthcare policy

Mohannad A.A. AL-NSOUR (Jordan)
Jordan Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network
Focus: Public health

Jaffar AL-TAWFIQ (Saudi Arabia)
Specialty Medicine Department Johns Hopkins and Aramco Healthcare, Dhahran
Focus: Healthcare epidemiology, and infection prevention and control

Fatma AMER (Egypt)
Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig
Focus: Microbiology and immunology

Ramy Karam AZIZ (Egypt)
• ISID ProMED Committee
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University
Focus: Genomics of infectious diseases and systems biology of microbial pathogens

Mohamed RHAJAOUI (Morocco)
Director of National Institute of Hygiene, Rabat
Focus: Microbiology, parasitology, and infectious and communicable diseases

Roula SAMAHA (Lebanon)
Chief of Infectious Diseases, Head of Infection Control Lebanese Order of Physicians, Beirut
Focus: Antimicrobial resistance

European Region

Aleksandra BARAC (Serbia)
Clinic for Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Clinical Centre of Serbia
Focus: Infectious diseases

Paolo CALISTRI (Italy)
Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale
Focus: Infectious disease epidemiology

Robert COLEBUNDERS (Belgium)
Professor Infectious Diseases, Global Health Institute, University of Antwerp
Focus: Global health, HIV/AIDS and tropical diseases

Onder ERGONUL (Turkey)
Koç University School of Medicine
Focus: Clinical epidemiology and infectious diseases

University College, London
Focus: Microbial pathogenesis, immunity to mucosal pathogens, bacterial meningitis and vaccines

Monica JUNIE (Romania)
Professor and Head of the Microbiology Department, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Iuliu Hatieganu”
Focus: Microbiology

Hanna NOHYNEK (Finland)
Chief Physician, Deputy Head, Unit Infectious Diseases Control and Vaccine Programme, Dept Health Security
National Institute for Health and Welfare THL, Helsinki
Focus: Vaccine preventable diseases and microbiology

Helena MALTEZOU (Greece)
Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Athens
Focus: Pediatrics, infectious diseases and public health

Nicola PETROSILLO (Italy)
Head, Clinical and Research Department on Infectious Diseases, National Institute for Infectious Diseases
Focus: Infectious diseases

Patricia SCHLAGENHAUF (Switzerland)
Professor at the University of Zürich and Zürich GeoSentinel Site Director
Focus: Travellers’ malaria, epidemiology of travel associated disease and travellers’ vaccines

Region of the Americas

Patricio ACOSTA (Argentina)
Professor at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council, CONICET (Argentina) and at the School of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires
Focus: Pathogenesis of respiratory viruses (RSV, Rhinovirus & Influenza)

Celia Mercedes ALPUCHE (Mexico)
Mexico National Institute of Public Health
Focus: Microbiology and infectious diseases

Maria Luisa AVILA (Costa Rica)
• ISID ProMED Committee
National Hospital for Children, San Jose
Focus: Pediatric infectious diseases

Virginia Commonwealth University
Focus: Infection prevention and hospital epidemiology

Paul BROWN (Jamaica)
• ISID Research Committee
Jamaica University of the West Indies at Mona
Focus: Molecular microbiology

Ana Paulina CELI (Ecuador)
Hospital de los Valles, Quito
Focus: Infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS

Carmen DESEDA (Puerto Rico)
University Hospital Bayamon
Focus: Pediatric infectious diseases

Professor of Global Health and Medicine, Boston University School of Public Health
Focus: Global health, infectious diseases and tropical infectious diseases

Claudio LANATA (Peru)
• ISID Education and Publications Committee
Institute of Nutrition, Lima
Focus: Child health and nutrition, diarrheal diseases and vaccine development

Founder and Director, Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP)
Focus: Antimicrobial resistance

Institute of Public Health, Saint Louis
Focus: Infectious diseases

Guillermo RUIZ-PALACIOS (Mexico)
National Institute of Health, Mexico City
Focus: Molecular biology, immunology and virology

Anita SHET (USA)
Associate Scientist, International Vaccine Access Center, Dept. of International Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore
Focus: Pediatric infectious diseases, public health and immunology

South-East Asia Region

Elizabeth Ashley (Myanmar)
Director of Clinical Research, Myanmar Oxford Clinical Research Unit (MOCRU)
Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Focus: Malaria treatment and drug resistance, bacteriology in the tropics, clinical trials, antimicrobial resistance

Sitara AJJAMPUR (India)
Professor of Microbiology, Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory
Focus: Microbiology and antimicrobial resistance

Anil Kumar BHOLA (India)
Consultant for WHO South-East Asia Regional Office, WHO Health Emergencies Programme
Focus: Infectious diseases epidemiology and outbreak investigation

Aamer IKRAM (Pakistan)
Professor & Consultant Microbiologist, Rawalpindi
Focus: Clinical microbiology, infectious diseases, hospital infection control, biosafety and biosecurity

Sasisopin KIERTIBURANAKUL (Thailand)
Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok
Focus: Epidemiology of infectious diseases, clinical disease trials and emerging infections

Neelika MALAVIGUE (Sri Lanka)
Department of Microbiology, University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sir Lanka and Academic Visitor, Nuffield
Focus: Viral immunology and dengue

Samir SAHA (Bangladesh)
Head of the Department of Diagnostic Division of Microbiology at the Dhaka Shishu Hospital for Children and executive director of The Child Health Research Foundation at the Bangladesh Institute of Child Health
Focus: Pediatric infectious diseases specializing in pneumonia, meningitis and enteric fever

Guy THWAITES (Vietnam)
Professor of Infectious Diseases. Director of Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU)
Focus: Tropical medicine, infectious diseases and severe bacterial infections

Western Pacific Region

Philippe BUCHY (Singapore)
• ISID Education and Publications Committee
Focus: Virology, rabies and dengue

Doo Ryeon CHUNG (South Korea)
Samsung Medical Center, Seoul
Focus: Infectious Diseases and HIV/AIDS

Carta GUNAWAN (Indonesia)
Infectious Disease Consultant
Focus: Infectious and tropical diseases

SS LEE (Hong Kong)
• ISID Education and Publications Committee
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Focus: HIV/AIDS and infectious disease epidemiology

Poh Lian LIM (Singapore)
• ISID ProMED Committee
Department of Infectious Diseases, Institute of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Focus: Emerging infections, travel medicine, HIV and general infectious diseases

David LYE (Singapore)
Senior consultant, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Focus: Infectious diseases

In recognition of their past contributions to the field of international infectious diseases and in anticipation of their future impact on the discipline, these individuals are recognized as ISID Emerging Leaders in International Infectious Diseases.

Joseph Agboeze (Nigeria)
Seif Al-Abri (Oman)
Afreenish Amir (Pakistan)
Ruanne Barnabas (USA)
Andre Bulabula (South Africa)
Enrique Castro-Sanchez (United Kingdom)
Esmita Charani (United Kingdom)
Bethany Davies (United Kingdom)
Angel Desai (USA)
Veasna Duong (Cambodia)
Jasmin Islam (United Kingdom)
Ada Lin (Hong Kong)
David Moore (South Africa)
Christina Obiero (Kenya)
Theresa J. Ochoa (Peru)
Ira Praharaj (India)
Rajiv Sarkar (India)
Juan Pablo Torres (Chile)
Tatiana Pinto (Brazil)
Laura Talarico (Argentina)
Jason Trubiano (Australia)
Sean Wasserman (South Africa)
Sophie Yacoub (Vietnam)

Read more about the Emerging Leaders

Research Committee

Oversight of research grants, awards and fellowship programs.

Chair: Gagandeep Kang

Council Members
Chinyere Akuga
Sitara Ajjampur
Elizabeth Ashley
Anil Bhola
Paul Brown
Robert Colebunders
Carta Gunawan
Neelika Malavige
Helena Maltezou
Nicola Petrosillo
Laith Abu-Raddad

Emerging Leader
Veasna Duong

Executive Committee member: Rana Hajjeh
ISID Program Director: Britta Lassmann
ProMED Editor: Larry Madoff

Education Committee 

Oversight of educational programs.

Chair: SS Lee

Council Members
Jaffar Al-Tawfiq
Tayo Babalobi
Anita Shet

Emerging Leader
Enrique Castro-Sanchez

Policy & Advocacy Committee

Chair: Marc Mendelson

Council Members
Paolo Castri
Carmen Deseda
Ramanan Laxminarayan
David Lye
Boubacar Maiga
Helena Maltezou
Samir Saha
Papa Salif Sow
Zegeye Hailemariam Tessema

ISID Program Director: Britta Lassmann
ISID Program Manager: Taryn Lorthe

Publication Committee

Oversight of the International Journal of Infectious Diseases (IJID) and A Guide to Infection Control in the Healthcare Setting.

Chair: Paul Tambyah

Council Members
Rashad Abdul-Ghani
Fatma Amer
Philippe Buchy
Doo Ryeon Chung
David Hamer
Claudio Lanata
Zamberi Sekavi

Emerging Leaders
Ira Praharaj
Sean Wasserman

Gonzalo Bearman (Editor, A Guide to Infection Control in the Hospital, 5th and 6th Editions)
Shaheen Mehtar

ProMED Moderator Subject Expert: Larry Lutwick
ISID Program Director: Britta Lassmann
ISID Program Manager: Laurence Mialot
IJID Editor-in-Chief: Eskild Petersen

Emerging Leaders Program

Chair: Alison Holmes

Council Members
Athanase Badolo
Aleksandra Barac
Aamer Ikram

Emerging Leaders
Andre Bulabula
Sean Wasserman
Seif Al-Abri
Enrique Castro-Sanchez
Juan Pablo Torres
Theresa J. Ochoa
Ruanne Barnabas
Ira Praharaj
Rajiv Sarkar
Veasna Duong
Ada Lin

External Affairs Committee

Development of regional meetings and engagement; press and public relations; and collaborations with other societies

Chair: Miguel O’Ryan

Council Members
Hanna Nohynek
Rob Heyderman

Executive Committee Members: Lindsay Grayson and Ursula Theuretzbacher
ISID Executive Director: Joshua Caulfield

ProMED Committee

Oversight and development of ProMED

Chair: Larry Madoff

Executive Committee Member: Ursula Theuretzbacher
ProMED Assistant Director: Linda MacKinnon

Finance Committee

Oversight of ISID’s finances

Chair: Sally Roberts, ISID Treasurer

ISID President: Marc Mendelson
President Elect: Rana Hajjeh
ISID Executive Director:  Joshua Caulfield

Nomination & Remuneration Committee

Oversight of Council and Executive Committee member nominations.

Chair: Jon Cohen, ISID Past-President

ISID President: Marc Mendelson
President-Elect: Rana Hajjeh

Council Members
Patricio Acosta
Teshome Gebre

ISID Executive Director: Joshua Caulfield

ISID Working Groups

Guide to Infection Control Working Group

Chairs: Gonzalo Bearman and Shaheen Mehtar

Council Member
Ada Lin

ISID Program and Marketing Manager: Laurence Mialot

Cross Society Link Working Group

Chair: Lindsay Grayson

ISID Executive Director: Joshua Caulfield

ICID Program Committee

Congress Organization and scientific program development.

Chair: Marc Mendelson, ISID President
Executive Committee members: Jon Cohen, Rana Hajjeh, Alison Holmes, Lindsay Grayson, Gagandeep Kang, Miguel O’Ryan, Sally Roberts, Zamberi Sekavi, Paul Tambyah and Ursula Theuretzbacher.
ISID Program Director: Britta Lassmann

Executive Director: Joshua Caulfield

Program Director: Britta Lassmann

Director of Emerging Disease Surveillance: Linda MacKinnon

ProMED Editor: Larry Madoff

Director of Marketing & Communications: Taryn Silver Lorthe

Program and Marketing Manager: Laurence Mialot

Conference Manager: Doris Steinbach

Director of Finance & Operations: Angela Tsopelas

Grants Specialist: John W. Ramatowski

Director of Development: Catherine Crowley

Director of Operations: Mark A. Thomas