WG Members

  • Lead of Work Package 1: Sonali Kochhar
  • Obstetric Lead: Linda O. Eckert
  • Neonatal Lead: Flor M. Muñoz-Rivas

The following experts have made an important effort on a voluntary basis over several months to contribute to the development of the  case definitions under high pressure in order to meet the project deadlines. The GAIA Consortium would like to thank them all for their key contributions by acknowledging them on this website.

It has been a pleasure working with you and we expect that the results of your work will achieve a high impact in the implementation phase of the GAIA project

Obstetric Case Definitions Working Groups

WG Lead: Geeta K. Swamy
WG Coordinator: Courtney Gravett
MEMBERS
Volunteer Position Organisation
Courtney Gravett Senior Program Coordinator Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth, Seattle Children’s Hospital, USA
Donald J. Dudley Director University of Virginia, USA
Elizabeth M. Stringer University of North Carolina, USA
Geeta K. Swamy Associate Professor Duke University, USA
Michael G. Gravett Professor and Vice-Chairman, Adjunct Professor; Scientific director University of Washington, USA
Linda O. Eckert Associate Professor University of Washington, USA
Sonali Kochhar Medical Director Global Healthcare Consulting, India
Tresor Bodjick Muena Mujobu Research associate; Vaccinology and Clinical Research Specialist University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Olga Lyabis Regional medical expert, Greater Europe Sanofi Pasteur, Russia
WG Lead: Bernard Gonik
WG Coordinator: Clare Cutland
MEMBERS
Volunteer Position Organisation
Bernard Gonik Professor and Fann Srere Endowed Chair of Perinatal Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, USA
Clare Cutland Senior Researcher

Medical Research Council: Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit, Johannesburg;

Department of Science and Technology National Research Foundation, Vaccine Preventable Diseases;

Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Farshad Pourmalek Post-Doc. Fellow School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Hans Spiegel Medical Officer Henry Jackson Foundation, Bethesda, USA
Linda O. Eckert Associate Professor Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington, USA
Manasi Patwardhan Associate professor (Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, US
Sonali Kochhar Medical Director Global Healthcare Consulting, India
WG Lead: Thomas F. McElrath
WG Coordinator: Caroline E. Rouse
MEMBERS
Volunteer Position Organisation
Arundhathi Jeyabalan Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA
Blair J Wylie Attending Perinatologist, Assistant Professor Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA
Caroline E. Rouse Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA
Deirdre J. Lyell Associate Professor Stanford University, Stanford, USA
Linda O. Eckert Associate Professor University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Sonali Kochhar Medical Director Global Healthcare Consulting, India
Thomas F. McElrath Attending in Maternal-Fetal Medicine Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA
WG Lead: Andrew Weeks
WG Coordinator: Robbie Kerr
MEMBERS
Volunteer Position Organisation
Andrew Weeks Clinical Academic (Professor) University of Liverpool, UK
Ben Mol Professor Obstetrics and Gynaecology University of Adelaide, Australia
Beverly Winikoff President Gynuity Health Projects, NY, USA
Jill Durocher Senior Program Associate Gynuity Health Projects, NY, USA
Julius Wandwabwa Professor and Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Busitema University, Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, Uganda
Khalid S. Khan Professor Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, UK
Linda O. Eckert Associate Professor University of Washington, USA
Robbie Kerr Medical Doctor University of Liverpool, UK
Sabaratnum Arulkumaran Professor Emeritus in O&G St George’s University of London, UK
Shireen Meher Medical Doctor University of Liverpool, UK
Shuchita Mundle Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology Government Medical College and Hospital Nagpur, India
Sonali Kochhar Medical Director Global Healthcare Consulting, India
Sue Fawcus Professor Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Cape Town Mowbray Maternity Hospital, South Africa
WG Lead: Robert Goldenberg
WG Coordinator: Margo S. Harrison
MEMBERS
Volunteer Position Organisation
Anthony P. Nunes Epidemiologist Optum Life Sciences, USA
Clare Cutland Senior Researcher University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Diane M. Harper Rowntree Endowed Professor and Chair University of Louisville, USA
Elizabeth M. McClure Research epidemiologist Research Triangle Institute, USA
Linda O. Eckert Associate Professor University of Washington, USA
Margo S Harrison MD MPH, instructor Columbia University Medical Center, USA
Michael Gravett Professor and Vice-Chairman, Adjunct Professor; Scientific director Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), an Initiative of Seattle Children’s Hospital, USA
Robert Goldenberg MD, Professor Associate Research Scientist OBGYN Columbia University Medical Center, USA
Sonali Kochhar Medical Director Global Healthcare Consulting, India
Suzette Lazo

Medical Doctor

Professorial Lecturer

Member, National Adverse Events Following Immunization Committee

Past President and Current Board Member, Philippine Society of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology

Former Director of the Food and Drug Administration (2010-2012)

Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, College of Medicine, University of the Philippines-Manila
Tamala Mallett Moore Global Pharmacovigilance Sanofi Pasteur, USA
Wendy Watson Senior Director, Vaccines Clinical Research Pfizer, USA

Neonatal Case Definitions Working Groups

WG Lead: Flor M. Muñoz-Rivas
WG Coordinator: Fernanda Tavares Da Silva
MEMBERS
Volunteer Position Organisation
Alison Tse Kawai Epidemiologist Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, Massachusetts, USA
Bernard Gonik Professor and Fann Srere Endowed Chair of Perinatal Medicine Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, USA
Charles Woods

Director, Child & Adolescent Health Research Design & Support,

Executive Vice Chair, Professor of Pediatrics – Pediatric Infectious Diseases

University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, USA
Cheryl Keech Director of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs PATH, Seattle, USA
Diana M Harper Rowntree Endowed Professor and Chair University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, USA
Fernanda Tavares Da Silva Director and Head of Therapeutic Area, Vaccines Safety and Pharmacovigilance GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, Wavre, Belgium
Flor M. Munoz Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, and Molecular Virology and Microbiology Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, USA
Mark McMillan Research Associate The University of Adelaide, Australia
Mihaela Tila Global Pharmacovigilance Sanofi Pasteur, Lyon, France
Shraddha Bhange Pharmacovigilance expert. Drug safety and epidemiology department. Novartis Healthcare, Hyderabad, India
Stephanie Dellicour Study coordinator Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Sonali Kochhar Medical Director Global Healthcare Consulting, India
WG Lead: Elyse Kharbanda
WG Coordinator: Malini de Silva
MEMBERS
Volunteer Position Organisation
Alison Tse Kawai Epidemiologist Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School & Harvard Pilgrim Health, USA
Annette Elliott Rose Perinatal Nurse Consultant Reproductive Care Program of Nova Scotia, Canada
Anju Shrestha Deputy Director/ Product Safety Officer, Global Pharmacovigilance Sanofi Pasteur, USA
Elyse Kharbanda Clinical Investigator HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research, USA
Francesco Trotta Ufficio di Farmacovigilanza Ufficio di Farmacovigilanza, Agenxia Italiana del Farmaco, Italy
Flor M. Muñoz-Rivas Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, and Molecular Virology and Microbiology Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA
Hans Spiegel Medical Officer Henry M. Jackson Foundation, USA
Helen Dolk Professor WHO Collaborating Centre for the Surveillance of Congenital Anomalies, Ulster University, United Kingdom
Helen Marshall Associate Professor, Senior Medical Practitioner and Director Vaccinology and Immunology Research Trials Unit, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, South Adelaide, Australia
Jyoti Joshi Deputy Director and lead Immunization Technical Support Unit, Public Health Foundation of India, India
Kristine K. Macartney Deputy Director National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS), Australia  / Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Sydney, Australia
Malini De. Silva Physician HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research, USA
Martina Oneko Pediatric Consultant Kenya Medical Research Institute/CDC, Kisumu, Kenya
Mark Mcmillan Research Associate School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health, The University of Adelaide, Australia / Vaccinology and Immunology Research Trials Unit, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, South Adelaide, Australia
Sonali Kochhar Medical Director Global Healthcare Consulting, India
Sylvie Tomczyk Head, Global Pharmacovigilance Novartis influenza vaccines, Cambridge, USA
WG Lead: Clare Cutland
WG Coordinator: Jayani Pathirana
MEMBERS
Volunteer Position Organisation
Ambujam Kapoor Sr.​ Advisor Immunization Technical Support Unit – Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India.
Alexandra Mangili Cluster Physician, GBS Clinical Development Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, USA
Clare L. Cutland Senior Researcher

Medical Research Council: Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit, Johannesburg, South Africa;

Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Daniel L. Keene Rowntree Endowed Professor and Chair Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Farshad Pourmalek Post-Doc. Fellow School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Frederick Varricchio Independent consultant, vaccinologist USA
Flor M. Muñoz-Rivas Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, and Molecular Virology and Microbiology Departments of Pediatrics, Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA
Jayani Pathirana PhD student

Medical Research Council: Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit, Johannesburg, South Africa;

Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Michael A. Padula Public health Division of Neonatology, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania, USA
Niranjan Bhat Senior Clinical Officer in the Vaccine Access and Delivery Program Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), Seattle, USA
Stephen L. Pande Public Health Consultant Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, Ministry of Health Uganda
Sonali Kochhar Medical Director Global Healthcare Consulting, India
Tara Harris Nurse Consultant, Immunization & Vaccine Preventable Diseases Immunization and Vaccine Preventable Diseases, Public Health Ontario, Canada
Victoria Abbing-Karahagopian National program officer Global Clinical Research & Development – Epidemiology Novartis/ GSK Vaccines Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Vitali Pool US Medical Affairs Sanofi Pasteur Inc., Swiftwater, USA
WG Lead: Paul Heath
WG Coordinator: Stefania Vergnano
MEMBERS
Volunteer Position Organisation
Alejandra Esteves-Jaramillo Director of Clinical development Global Pharmacovigilance,  Sanofi Pasteur, USA
Alexandra Mangili Cluster Physician, GBS Clinical Development Novartis Vaccine/GSK Vaccines, USA
Beate Kampmann Scientific Director of Vaccine Research, Professor of International Child Heath, Infection & Immunity Imperial College, London UK; MRC Unit, The Gambia
Beckie  N. Tagbo Vaccination Consultant, Chief Consultant Paediatrician Institute of Child Health, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Nigeria
Ben Cailes Paediatric Infectious Diseases Research Group Institute for Infection and Immunity, St George’s University of London, United Kingdom
César Velasco Muñoz Scientific Advisor, Specialist Preventive Medicine and Public Health ISGlobal, Barcelona Ctr. Int. Health Res. (CRESIB), Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Chrissie Jones Paediatric Infectious Diseases Research Group Institute for Infection and Immunity, St George’s University of London, United Kingdom
Clare Cutland Senior Researcher University of the Witwatersrand, Wits Health Consortium, DST/ NRF Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit (RMPRU), South Africa
Dat Tran Assistant Professor Division of Infectious Diseases Department of Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Canada
Ebiere Clark Director Enhanced Vigilance Systems, United Kingdom
Elena Chiappini Professor and consultant in paediatric infectious diseases Meyer Children’s Hospital, Florence University, Italy
Elizabeth Schlaudecker Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Division of Infectious Diseases Global Health Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, USA
Flor M. Muñoz Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, and Molecular Virology and Microbiology Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Hans Spiegel Medical Officer Henry Jackson Foundation-Bethesda, Maryland, USA
James Oleske Professor of Pediatrics Department of Pediatrics, Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School, Newark, USA
Javier Ruiz Guinazu GSK vaccines, Wavre, Belgium
Jay King Clinical Director, Vaccine Safety (PSO) Global Pharmacovigilance,  Sanofi Pasteur, USA
Jim Buttery Department of Paediatrics Monash Medical Centre, Clayton, Australia
Karina A. Top Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Departments of Paediatrics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
Lakshmi Sukumaran Medical Officer, Immunization Safety Office

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Emory University School of Medicine, USA

Maja Subelj Public Health Physician National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ), Slovenia
Melvin Sanicas Program Officer, Global Health Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, USA
Michael Padula Division of Neonatology The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania, USA
Noni Macdonald Professor of Paediatrics (Infectious Diseases), Co-Director MicroResearch Departments of Paediatrics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
Paul T. Heath Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Honorary Consultant Paediatric Infectious Diseases Research Group, Institute for Infection and Immunity, St George’s University of London, United Kingdom
Ravichandran Chandrasekaran Professor of Pediatrics Madras Medical College, India
Reinaldo de Menezes Martins Scientific consultant Bio Manguinhos/Fiocruz, Brazil
Solange Dourado de Andrade Responsible for Vaccine Adverse Events investigation, Pediatrician/Infectologist Fundação de Medicina Tropical Dr. Heitor Vieira Dourado, Brazil
Sonali Kochhar Medical Director Global Healthcare Consulting, India
Stefania Vergnano Consultant paediatric infectious diseases and Clinical lecturer Paediatric Infectious Diseases Research Group, Institute for Infection and Immunity, St George’s University of London, United Kingdom
WG Lead: Jim Buttery
WG Coordinator: Julie-Anne Quinn
MEMBERS
Volunteer Position Organisation
Aimee Kissou Dr. Department of Pediatrics Souro Sanou Teaching Hospital, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso.
Ana-Maria Alguacil Ramos Doctor of Pharmacy, Scientific Officer, Immunization programme manager Dirección General de Salud Pública, Valencia, Spain
Bernard Gonik Professor and Fann Srere Endowed Chair of Perinatal Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wayne State University, Detroit, USA
Clare Cutland Senior Researcher

Medical Research Council: Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit, Johannesburg, South Africa

Department of Science and Technology National Research Foundation, Vaccine Preventable Diseases, South Africa

Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Frederick Wittke Vaccine manufacturer Debiopharm International SA, Lausanne, Switzerland
Flor M. Munoz Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, and Molecular Virology and Microbiology Departments of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA
Jim Buttery Department of Paediatrics

SAEFVIC, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Victoria, Australia

Infection and Immunity, Monash Children’s Hospital, Department of Paediatrics, The Ritchie Centre, Hudson Institute, Monash University, Australia

Jose F. Cordero Professor and Director University of Puerto Rico Graduate School of Public Health, Medical Sciences Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Julie-Anne Quinn Research Coordinator SAEFVIC, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Victoria, Australia / Infection and Immunity, Monash Children’s Hospital, Department of Paediatrics, The Ritchie Centre, Hudson Institute, Monash University, Australia
Lourdes Frau Consultant / Owner / Managing director LMF Pharmacoepidemiology, New York, USA
Manoj Das Director Projects INCLEN Trust International, India
Savia Pye Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Nurse Consultant Communicable Disease Prevention and Control, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sonali Kocchar Medical Director Global Healthcare Consulting, India
Tamala Mallett-Moore Global Pharmacovigilance Global Pharmacovigilance, Sanofi Pasteur, Swiftwater, USA
Tony Nunes Epidemiologist Optum Epidemiology, Providence, USA
Wan-Ting Huang Deputy Chief Medical Officer Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases, Atlanta, GA
Wendy Watson Senior Director, Vaccines Clinical Research Pfizer Inc, Collegeville, USA