Byron Arana, Head of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, DNDi

Dr Byron Arana joined DNDi in November 2012. He has over twenty years’ experience working on clinical trials and epidemiological studies, mainly in cutaneous leishmaniasis,  oncocerciasis, diarrheal and respiratory diseases.

Since 2008, Dr Arana has been managing the clinical trials on visceral leishmaniasis  that TDR-WHO is being supporting in the Indian Subcontinent  and participating in the development and implementation of strategies in support of the Indian subcontinent’s  visceral leishamaniasis elimination program.

From 2000 to 2008, Dr Arana served as Co-Director of the Center for Health Studies, at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala and managing the first cooperative agreement between the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and the Centers for Diseases Control, Atlanta, to support the conduction of multidisciplinary field and laboratory research on tropical disease in the Central America region.

He received his medical training at the Universidad San Carlos of Guatemala (1983) and his doctoral degree on Tropical Medicine from the University of Liverpool, UK (1998).