Dr. Chil-Yong (Yong) Kang, PhD, DSc, FRSC, is a molecular virologist and Professor of Virology in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario in Canada (1992-Present). He carried out his postgraduate studies at McMaster University where he received a Ph.D. in virology under the supervision of Professor Ludvik Prevec (1968-1971) and his postdoctoral training under Professor Howard Temin at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1971-1974). Dr. Kang went on to serve as a Professor of Virology in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas (1974-1982), Professor and Chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine (1982-1992), and Dean of Science at the University of Western Ontario (1992-1999). Dr. Kang has received numerous prizes such as the Award of Excellence of the University of Ottawa (1991), Gold Medal for Ilchun Lecture (1998), Ho-Am Prize in Medicine (1999), the Order of Korea in Science and Technology (2002), the McMaster University Distinguished Alumni Award for 2007, the Lifetime Achievement Award from University of Western Ontario (2009), the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), selected as a Korean-Canadian Diaspora to Canadian Society by Canadian Government (2013) and the Scientist of the Year Award from the Korean Federation of Science and Technology (2013). Dr. Kang was elected as a Life-time Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada Academy of Science (1993) and an elected Life-time Member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (1997). He continues to serve as a grant selection committee member for various federal granting agencies in Canada and the United States. He is a member of the Board of Directors of numerous research institutions and foundations. Dr. Kang also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Virology, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Virus Research, Virology, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Human Virology and Retrovirology, and Canadian Medical Association Journal.
His research in molecular virology includes the development of viral-specific antiviral therapeutic agents and efficacious vaccines against various human viral diseases including AIDS, hepatitis and hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome. Previously, he developed a second generation vaccine against hepatitis B virus and an experimental vaccine against HIV/AIDS by using state-of-the-art technologies of genetic engineering and biotechnology. Recently, his Phase I human clinical trial of SAV001 prophylactic HIV vaccine, based on genetically modified killed-whole HIV-1, was successfully completed and preparing for the Phase II trial. Dr. Kang has published 135 peer reviewed research papers and 149 scientific proceedings and abstracts in the fields of virology, Immunology, molecular biology, and medicine. He holds nine international biotechnology patents that cover over 70 countries.
Dr. Rex Stockton is the Class of 1969 Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, affiliate faculty member in African studies and Research Fellow, Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention at Indiana University. He has held a wide variety of academic, administrative and professional responsibilities. For over a decade in collaboration with African colleagues, he has lead a project related to the social emotional aspects of having HIV/AIDS. He has focused on counselor training and research related to the prevention of HIV/AIDS and counselling interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Stockton has received several major research awards for his work. For example, he is a recipient of the American Counseling Association’s Extended Research Award and the Association for Specialists in Group Work Eminent Career Award. Most recently, he received APA’s Division 49, the Arthur Teicher Award. Dr. Stockton is a recipient of the Burton W. Gorman Teaching Award at Indiana University. In addition to his research efforts, Dr. Stockton has conducted many workshops, nationally and internationally. As well as his consulting, instructional and research activities, Dr. Stockton has held numerous offices and committee assignments in professional societies. He is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and American Counselling Association and Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology.
Mee-Lian Wong is Associate Professor of Public Health at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore (NUS). She received her MBBS and MPH from the University of Malaya and her Doctor of Medicine from the National University of Singapore. Her current research interests include health promotion, behavioral change and prevention of sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV among adolescents, heterosexual men and sex workers in Singapore and Cambodia. She has devoted 24 years to research in the development and evaluation of STI/HIV/AIDS programs and behavioral interventions for sex workers. She has published more than 100 papers on STI/prevention and health promotion. Her research on HIV/STI prevention has earned her many awards, including (i) the Wilf Howe Memorial Prize 2008, Faculty of Occupational Health Physicians, United Kingdom, for outstanding intervention/research project on STI prevention among sex workers with demonstrable health benefits, (ii) Red Ribbon Award, Singapore 2014 for her invaluable research contributions in HIV prevention and control (iii) National Skin Centre (NSC) Distinguished Friend Award 2009, for significant contributions to the Department of STI Control, NSC in translational research in HIV/STI prevention and Control (iv) SEAMEO-JASPER award, second best research on women and health for her research study “Women and Sexually transmitted Diseases: A Sustainable Intervention to Increase Condom Use and Reduce Gonorrhea among Sex Workers in Singapore, 1996 and (v) the Rockefeller Foundation’s (US) Reflections on Development Fellowship award, 1989 for her research on Women in Health and Community Development. She is also visiting consultant to the Department of STI Control, National Skin Center, Singapore. Mee Lian has previously served as Assistant Dean of Preclinical Education at the Yong Loo School of Medicine, National University of Singapore; and Program Director of the National Preventive Medicine Residency Program, Singapore.
Antonio Mastroianni, M.D, graduated and specialized in Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the University of Bologna. July 1996–May 2017 working as a medical physician specialist in Infectious Diseases & Tropical Diseases with a “High degree in antibiotic and antifungal treatment” at Infectious Diseases Unit of the “G.B.Morgagni – L. Pierantoni”, Hospital,Forlì, Italy. June 2017 Director of Infectious Diseases Unit "Annunziata" Hospital, Cosenza, Italy. Master of Tropical Medicine (University of Siena), Master of Diagnostic Pathways and Management of Sexually Transmitted Infections (Bologna, ECCMID), Master of Sepsis & Septic Shock (Univeristy of Milan), Master of Hospital Infections (University of Milan-Bicocca), Master of Tuberculosis (University of Brescia), Master of Pediatric Infections (University of Florence), Master of Infections in Pregnancy (University of Brescia). Mastroianni has authored more than 150 peer reviewed publications in indexed Journals as Clinical Infectious Diseases, AIDS, AIDS Care, Journal of Chemotherapy, Clinical Microbiology & Infection, Europen Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Journal of Infection.
HIV infection & STDs, Bacterial and Fungal Infections, Antibiotics and Antifungal therapy.