Dr Piero Olliaro
Head of intervention and implementation research at TDR
Former member of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases working group
Piero Olliaro earned his M.D., post-graduation in infectious diseases and Ph.D. in infectious diseases from the University of Pavia, Italy and an HDR (Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches) from the University J. Fourier in Grenoble, France. He has worked in academia, the private sector and the international public sector. He has been a scientist with the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme on Research & Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) since 1993 except for one year as Director of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership (EDCTP).
At WHO/TDR he is currently charged with leading a unit on intervention and implementation research in neglected tropical diseases (specifically: onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted nematodes, dengue, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, African human trypanosomiasis), tuberculosis and malaria. His interest and expertise in antiparasitic and anthelmintic drugs cover basic research on modes of action and mechanisms of resistance, mechanisms of toxicity, pharmacology and pharmacokinetics, clinical trials of efficacy and safety, and operational research in the field. In addition, he has several other affiliations and is visiting professor, Oxford University, UK and is active in the field of evidence-based decisions as an editor of the Cochrane Infectious Disease Group. He is also a member of the French Academy of Medicine. He is author of 247 peer-reviewed articles, and various book chapters and WHO documents. He is currently visiting professor at the University of Oxford.