Keynote speaker MIM 2018
Christopher Plowe, MD, MPH, FASTMH
Director, Duke Global Health Institute
Duke University, Durham, NC USA
An acclaimed scientist and malariologist, Chris Plowe is recognized for his groundbreaking work on the molecular epidemiology of drug-resistant and "vaccine-resistant" malaria. He is the director of the Duke Global Health Institute, which works to reduce health disparities by bringing together interdisciplinary teams to solve complex health problems and train the next generation of global health leaders.
Before joining Duke University in 2018, Plowe was the Frank M. Calia MD Professor of Medicine and founding director of the Institute for Global Health at the University of Maryland. He has spent many years working to strengthen capacity for malaria research and training in Africa, in longtime partnership with the Malaria Research and Training Center in Mali and the Blantyre Malaria Project in Malawi. He co-directs an NIH International Center of Excellence for Malaria Research in Myanmar, China and Bangladesh with his wife and colleague, Myaing Myaing Nyunt MD PhD MPH, who is also based at Duke.
Born and raised in South Dakota, USA, Plowe received degrees in philosophy and in medicine from Cornell University and in public health from Columbia University. He trained in internal medicine at St. Luke's Hospital in New York City, in malaria research at the U.S. National Institutes of Health and in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University. He is a fellow and past president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.