Director, Center for Public Health and Human Rights, Johns Hopkins University

Chris Beyrer MD, MPH, is a professor of Epidemiology, International Health, and Health, Behavior, and Society at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.  He is the founding Director of the University’s Center for Public Health and Human Rights.  He also serves as Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) and of the Center for Global Health.  He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Co-Chairs the U.S. National Institutes of Health Office of AIDS Research Planning Committee on Epidemiology and Natural History and serves on the Scientific Expert Panel of UNAIDS. 

Chris Beyrer               

In 2012, he became President- Elect of the International AIDS Society, and will serve as President of the IAS, the world’s largest body of HIV professionals, from 2014-16.   Prof. Beyrer Co-Chairs the IAS Key Populations Working Group with Prof. Michel Kazatchkine.  He is also serving as Co-Chair, with Prof Adeeba Kamarulzaman, of the WHO Consolidated Guidelines for HIV among Key Populations, due for release in 2014.

Prof. Beyrer is the author of more than 200 scientific papers, and author or editor of six books, including War in the Blood: Sex, Politics and AIDS in Southeast Asia, and Public Health and Human Rights: Evidence-Based Approaches. He has guest-edited a number of series and special issues, including a special of The Lancet on HIV and Substance Use in 2010, for The Lancet on MSM and HIV in 2012. 

He has served as a consultant and adviser to numerous national and international institutions, including the National Institutes of Health, the World Bank, WHO, UNAIDS, the Open Society Foundations, the Walter Reed Army Institute for Research, amfAR The Foundation for AIDS Research, Physicians for Human Rights and Human Rights Watch.  Dr. Beyrer received a BA in History from Hobart and Wm. Smith Colleges, his MD from SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY, and completed his residency in Preventive Medicine, public health training, an MPH and a Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.  He received an honorary Doctorate (PhD) in Health Sciences from Chiang Mai University in Thailand, in 2012, in recognition of his 20 years of HIV service in Thailand.

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