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Dr F.G.J. Cobelens (1959) has been appointed Professor by Special Appointment of Epidemiology and Prevention of Poverty-related Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Amsterdam (AMC-UvA).

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Dr F.G.J. Cobelens (1959) has been appointed Professor by Special Appointment of Epidemiology and Prevention of Poverty-related Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Amsterdam (AMC-UvA). The chair was designated on behalf of the Society for the Advancement of Natural Science, Medicine and Surgery (Genootschap ter bevordering van Natuur-, Genees- en Heelkunde).

Frank Cobelens is a medical epidemiologist who specialises in infectious diseases, particularly those prevalent in poor countries. His research focuses primarily on tuberculosis, the archetype of poverty-related diseases, and is aimed at gaining a better understanding of how tuberculosis and other poverty-related diseases spread, their prevention and diagnosis, and combating resistance to medications. Cobelens’ research varies from large-scale field studies and intervention trials to cost-benefit analyses and more qualitative research into the performance of prevention programmes.

Cobelens is deputy head of the Department of Global Health at the AMC-UvA and deputy scientific director of the AIGHD Foundation, the implementing arm of the Amsterdam Institute of Global Health and Development. Previously, he was also senior epidemiologist at the Department of Infectious Diseases, Tropical Diseases and AIDS of the AMC and the research department of the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation. He has carried out research in various countries, including Tanzania, Vietnam and Uganda, and published in scientific journals such as PLoS Medicine, The Lancet and International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. Cobelens is a member of various expert committees of the World Health Organisation and he is closely involved in the formulation of international research policy with regard to tuberculosis.