Jay Tischfield, Ph.D.

Jay A. Tischfield, Ph.D. is the MacMillan Distinguished Professor and the Founding Chair of the Department of Genetics at Rutgers University, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Director of the Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey. He is also the CEO and scientific director of RUCDR Infinite Biologics®, the largest university-based repository in the world that collects, processes and performs genomic assays on human samples. Professor Tischfield received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the City University of New York, and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in biology from Yale University. He is an American Board of Medical Genetics diplomate in Medical Genetics and Clinical Molecular Genetics, a Founding Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics, and an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Professor Tischfield has served on numerous advisory boards including the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Singapore A *Star Institutes, Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Rockefeller University Center for Treatment of Addictions, and the BioProcessing Solutions Alliance. He has received over $350 million in National Institutes of Health and foundation research grants and contracts during his career, has six awarded patents, and has coauthored 260 publications in journals that include Science, New England J. of Medicine, Cell and Nature Genetics.

Marc Wilcox, M.D.

Marc Wilcox, M.D. is a Consultant Microbiologist, Head of Microbiology and Academic Lead of Pathology at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals (LTHT), Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Leeds (Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine), and is the Lead on Clostridium difficile for the Public Health England.  He has formerly been the Director of Infection Prevention, Infection Control Doctor and Clinical Director of Pathology at LTHT. Professor Wilcox is deputy Chair of the UK Department of Health’s Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Committee and is a member of the HPA’s Programme Board on Healthcare Associated Infection & Antimicrobial Resistance.  He is an advisor to the Department of Health in England on healthcare associated infections (HCAIs), the Technology Strategy Board on HCAI diagnostics, the UK EPIC/NICE projects, the Health Technology Assessment programme on Healthcare Associated Infection, the Wellcome Trust on novel antimicrobials, and the European Centre for Disease Control.  Professor Wilcox’s research team’s projects include several areas of healthcare associated infection, in particular Clostridium difficile infection, staphylococcal infection, and the clinical development of new antimicrobial agents.  He has authored more than 320 papers and published a number of books and chapters.

Ralph Corey, M.D.

Ralph Corey, M.D. is an Infectious Diseases Specialist, and he has served on the Duke University faculty since 1980 and became involved in clinical research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute in 2001 after 18 years as program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program. He has over 30 years of experience in infectious disease research and during that time helped create the Staphylococcal aureus bacteremia group and the International Collaboration on Endocarditis (ICE). Dr Corey created and now directs the Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Corey, a professor of medicine and infectious diseases in the Duke University Medical Center, was recently named the Gary Hock Professor of Global Health. Dr. Corey’s clinical trial research focuses on Staphylococcus aureus infections including skin and soft tissue infections, hospital-acquired pneumonia, bacteremia and infectious endocarditis. Dr Corey has authored over 130 peer-reviewed publications and several book chapters.

Tom File, M.D., M.S.

Tom File, M.D., M.S. is an Infectious Diseases Specialist and Chairs the Division of Infectious Diseases at Summa Health System, Akron, Ohio, is Professor of Internal Medicine and Master Teacher, and the Chair of the Infectious Disease Section of Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). Dr. File is a highly respected and internationally recognized expert on infectious diseases including skin and skin structure infections and pneumonia. Previously, Dr. File served as Past-President and as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and on the Board of Directors for the Infectious Disease Society of America. In 2010, he was elected as a Faculty Member to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Society and in 2013, was recipient of the Watanakunakorn Clinician Award of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Over the last 38 years, Dr. File has published over 275 original papers and numerous review articles and delivered some 145 presentations on various aspects of infectious diseases at scientific meetings throughout the USA and internationally. He currently, serves on the Editorial Boards of Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice, where he is Editor-in-Chief; Infectious Disease News; plus the Journal of Microbiology and Immunology and Infection.

Matthew Dryden, M.D., FRCPath

Matthew Dryden, M.D., FRCPath is an Infectious Diseases Specialist, and he serves as the Director of infection, Hampshire Hospitals, Winchester and University of Southampton, United Kingdom. Dr. Dryden trained at Oxford University from 1977 and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, and qualified in medicine in 1983. His clinical training was in and around London, with a 2-year period spent at Westmead Hospital in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Dryden is General Secretary of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.  He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, the British Medical Association, the British Infection Society, the Hospital Infection Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal College of Pathologists.  His research interests have been in staphylococcal infection, the development of new antibiotics, the management of MRSA infections, and Lyme disease in the UK, and he has published and presented more than 100 papers in these fields.

Antoni Torres, M.D.

Antoni Torres, M.D., is a Pulmonologist and he currently serves as the Head of the Respiratory Intensive Care Unit in the Department of Pneumology and Respiratory Allergy, Clinical Institute of the Thorax, Hospital Clinic of Barcelona.  He is Professor of Medicine at Faculty of Medicine at the University of Barcelona.  He received his degree in Medicine in 1977 from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Barcelona.  Dr. Torres previously served as the director of the Clinic Institute of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery; Head of the Department of Pneumology and Respiratory Allergy of the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona; Chief of Respiratory Intensive Care Unit. He currently is Coordinator of all the ICUs of the Clinic Thorax Institute; National and international physician of reference for several pulmonary conditions. Dr. Torres has published over 350 original articles. Dr. Torres has also served previously as President of the area of tuberculosis and respiratory infections of the Spanish Society of Pneumology; President of the area of respiratory infections of the Latin American Thorax Association (ALAT); Chairman of the Respiratory Intensive Care Assembly of the European Respiratory Society; Vice President of Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery; Chairman of the “Microbiology and Tuberculosis Pulmonary Infections” Assembly of the American Thoracic Society.