Prof Marcel Tanner
BRCCH Strategic Scientific Advisory Board
Prof Marcel Tanner is the President of the Swiss Academy of Arts and Sciences and Board member of Fondation Botnar. He is Director Emeritus of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. He is also professor emeritus for epidemiology and medical parasitology at the University of Basel. His research interests include the fields of global health, epidemiology, health systems, infectious diseases and public health. Over the course of his research career, he has lived and worked extensively in Africa and Asia. He headed the Tropical Institute in Ifakara, Tanzania, which eventually grew into the Ifakara Health Institute. Among his notable work, Prof Tanner was instrumental in the development of malaria vaccines. On behalf of the governments of Tanzania and Switzerland, he implemented large programs in the field for health planning and training of health workers. He is author of over 700 publications, 51 book chapters and numerous reports for governments and international organizations. He obtained his PhD in medical biology from the University of Basel and a Masters in Public Health from the University of London, UK.