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Prof. Frank Cobelens MD PhD

Program leader Global Health

Professor of Global Health / Chair, Department of Global Health, Academic Medical Center / Chair, Executive Board, Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development

I’m intrigued by the question of how social and economic inequalities drive disparaties in health. Focusing in infectious diseases (“poverty-related diseases”) I try to address this question at the interface of biology, health economics and health systems response with the ultimate aim of improving global health.

Frank Cobelens (1959) studied medicine in Amsterdam and communicable disease epidemiology in London, and earned his PhD at the University of Amsterdam. After several years in HIV/AIDS control and tropical and travel medicine he became involved in epidemiological research on tuberculosis in Asia, Africa and Latin America as senior epidemiologist with the Dutch NGO KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, one of the world’s leading technical agencies for tuberculosis control. Since 2008 he has led the tuberculosis research group at what later became the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and development (AIGHD), an interdisciplinary collaborative institute of AMC, The UvA Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences and VU’s School of Business Administration and Economics. He was appointed full professor in 2011 and combined this position with Scientific Directorship of KNCV TF until his appointment, by start of 2016, as AIGHD’s and AMC Department of Global Health’s chair.

Cobelens works closely with research groups around the world, and has supervised numerous junior researchers and doctoral students at home and abroad. Recent scientific work includes causes and spread of anti-tuberculosis drug resistance, development and evaluation of novel interventions for tuberculosis control, and biomedical mechanisms that define the relation between poverty and infectious diseases. He has served on several expert panels and advisory bodies for global infectious disease control, in particular tuberculosis, including the World Health Organization’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Tuberculosis.

Contact information

Department of Global Health AMC c/o Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development

PO Box 22700, 1100 DE Amsterdam 

Visiting address: AHTC Tower, Paasheuvelweg 25, 1105 BP Amsterdam

Secretary: T +32 20 2103960, secretariat@aighd.org

E: f.g.cobelens@amc.uva.nl; f.cobelens@aighd.org

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