The Mission

The Advisory Board assists the Foundation Board for the educational questions linked with the activities of the Foundation. It makes recommendations to the Executive Committee concerning the allocation of funds and provides the general follow-up of the educational work.

The members:

Jean Gruenberg

Jean Gruenberg

PhD Emeritus Professor. University of Geneva.

 

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Jean Gruenberg’s main interest was to study the morphogenesis of sub-cellular organelles and the mechanisms that control intracellular membrane dynamics. He is also a member of LipidX (Systems Biology of Biomembranes) supported by the Swiss Initiative in Systems Biology.

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Ivana Knezevic

Ivana Knezevic

Scientist, Quality Safety and Standards Unit ,World Health Organization Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals Department Geneva, Switzerland.

 

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Dr Knezevic has 19 years of professional experience in standardization and regulation of biologicals. In 2000, Dr Knezevic joined WHO Biological Standardization Programme and since then her activities have been devoted to the standardization and evaluation of biologicals at the global level. Since 2006, she has been leading standardization of vaccines and some biological therapeutics. Dr Knezevic led development of WHO regulatory guidelines on various aspects of vaccine evaluation as well as the recommendations for production, control and evaluation of selected vaccines, published in WHO Technical Report Series. In the area of biotherapeutics, she coordinated development of the WHO Guidelines on evaluation of similar biotherapeutic products (SBPs) and has initiated a series of workshops to facilitate implementation of guiding principles into regulatory and manufacturers’ practice.
Dr Knezevic is also the author of several publications that made broad audience aware of WHO initiative in the development, establishment and implementation of standards for vaccines and some other biological products.   Dr. Knezevic is Specialist in Medical Microbiology and Parasitology. She received her MD from the University of Novi Sad, her MSc in Medicine (Microbiology) and PhD in Medicine (Virology) from the University of Belgrade, Republic of Serbia. Presently she is Professor at the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the Lausanne University

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François Verrey

François Verrey

MD, Head of the Institute of Physiology, University of Zürich.

 

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The overall theme of his research is solute transport across membranes, in particular across epithelial barriers, and its role in maintaining the constancy of the ‘milieu intérieur’, i.e. body homeostasis. The current general aims of his group are to understand the mechanisms and roles of amino acid and phosphate transport at a cellular and systemic level. The focus on specific functions, combined with a breadth of approaches at different levels of complexity, is an example of experimental integrative physiology, where the research activities address and try to integrate questions at all levels, from gene regulation and protein structure via cellular mechanisms to tissue and systemic organisation and function.

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Walter Reith

Walter Reith

is full professor and chairman of the Department of Pathology and Immunology in the section of Fundamental Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Geneva (UNIGE).

 

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The laboratory of Walter Reith has a long-standing interest in molecular and cellular immunology. Major themes of past research have included the genetic control and biological functions of Major Histocompatibility Complex class II (MHCII) mediated antigen presentation in humans and mice in the context of health and disease.

Current topics focus on the molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate gene expression in specialized antigen presenting cells (APCs) – including B cells, various dendritic cell (DC) subsets and thymic epithelial cells – and the functions of these APCs in adaptive immune responses, the physiological processes that mediate the establishment and maintenance of immunological self-tolerance, and the pathological mechanisms that underpin the breakdown of immunological self-tolerance during the course of autoimmune diseases.

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