ICDDR’B scientist joins WHO Polio research committee

DHAKA, Feb 12, 2017 (BSS) - Dr K Zaman, a senior scientist of International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR'B), has been selected as a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Polio Research Committee (PRC), a rare feat for Bangladeshi scientist.

The announcement was made on Saturday while he was on a visit to WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, said a ICDDR'B press release here today.

Director of the PRC Michel Zaffran handed over the official letter and invited him to the committee's 19th meeting in April 2017.

Earlier in October 2016, Dr Zaman became a member of the WHO strategic advisory group of experts (SAGE) in the polio immunization working group.

For several years, Dr Zaman and his colleagues have been carrying out studies on a range of oral polio vaccines (OPVs) in Bangladesh.

"As two deadly infectious diseases, smallpox and rinderpest, have been eradicated from the face of the earth, why polio should not be the third ? ," said Dr Zaman.

Until today ICDDR'B has conducted more than 10 Polio vaccine studies on most polio vaccine variants, it said, adding that results of these studies are anticipated to guide the worldwide polio eradication agenda in choosing the optimal vaccination intervention in an appropriate setting.

Established in 2008, the PRC provides guidance on the overall strategic direction of the Global Polio Eradication initiative's global programme of research, which encompasses dozens of projects from a wide range of core scientific disciplines. The PRC is comprised of global experts from a variety of disciplines including virology, epidemiology, sociology and public health.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)