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Thomas Chambers                                                                                                                

Thomas M. Chambers, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Veterinary Science, University of Kentucky, USA, and works at the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center.  Since 1991 he has been working on equine influenza virus evolution, detection, innate immunity, and vaccine development.  He directs an Office International des Epizooties (OIE) Reference Laboratory for equine influenza, one of four in the world for this disease, and is a founding member of the international equine influenza Expert Surveillance Panel that makes recommendations on vaccine strain selection.  He is a co-inventor of modified-live virus vaccines for equine influenza, one of which is marketed in the USA, and co-organized the 3rd ISIRV International Symposium on Neglected Influenza Viruses.

 Ann Cullinane

Ann Cullinane MVB, PhD, MRCVS has been Head of Virology Unit at the Irish Equine Centre since 1987 and Head of a World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) reference laboratory for equine influenza since 2009. She is Chair of the OIE Expert Surveillance Panel (ESP) for equine influenza, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Life Sciences, University of Limerick and  an Associate of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin.  In 2015 she was designated an OIE expert for equine rhinopneumonitis.



 Gregory C.Gray 

Gregory C. Gray, MD, MPH is a public health physician and infectious disease epidemiologist. He has extensive experience conducting population-based studies of respiratory infections and zoonotic diseases. He serves as a Professor at Duke University, at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, and at Duke Kunshan University in China. He led planning for the 1st and 2nd International Symposiums on Neglected Influenza Viruses. He is currently conducting research for novel zoonotic research viruses in China, Mauritania, Mongolia, the USA, and Vietnam, He serves on the ISIRV board as the NIVG SIG representative and on the editorial board of IORV.



Stacey Schultz-Cherry             

Stacey Schultz-Cherry, PhD is a Full Member (Professor) in the Department of Infectious Diseases at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the US.  Her research focuses on the influenza and enteric virus pathogenesis as well as influenza surveillance in South America (  She is on the editorial board for several journals including the Journal of Virology and MBio and is currently President-Elect of the American Society for Virology. She co-organized the recent International Symposium on Neglected Influenza Viruses in Athens, Georgia. 


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