The IYRC features keynote speakers that are passionate about research. Academics, industry professionals, and educators share insights from their field through engaging presentations.
IYRC 2021 Keynote Speakers
Dr. Lawrence Stanberry
Stanberry (M.D., Ph.D.) is the Associate Dean for International Programs and Director of the Programs in Global Health at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He serves as Columbia University’s Faculty Liaison for Pfizer Vaccine Research and Development.
Previously he served as the Reuben S. Carpentier Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, and Pediatrician-in-Chief of the NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital (February 2008 – June 2018); the John Sealy Distinguished Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics and Director of the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (October 2000 – February 2008); and the Albert B. Sabin Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (June 1995 – October 2000).
Dr. Stanberry has authored over 200 scientific articles and chapters. He has served on numerous advisory boards and review panels including serving as the chair of the Vaccine Study Section and the Pediatrics Review Panel at the National Institutes of Health. He has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, numerous vaccine, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is a pioneer in the areas of therapeutic vaccine development to control chronic viral diseases, topical microbicides/pre-exposure prophylaxis for the prevention of reproductive tract infections, and the development of herpes simplex virus and influenza virus vaccines. He has extensive experience in drug and vaccine development ranging from preclinical animal model studies through phase 3 multinational clinical trials.
His current work focuses on the preparedness of children’s hospitals globally to prevent, detect, and respond to infections with pandemic potential.
Dr. Bogdan Chiva Giurca
Dr. Bogdan Chiva Giurca (M.D.) is an award-winning physician in the UK who is a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Collaborator and Fellow. He hosts a Harvard Global Health Institute summer internship in London and has a strong passion for medical education, leadership, public health, and innovation.
He has worked as part of the National Primary Care Team as a voice for the UK National Healthcare System (NHS) Director for Primary Care. His work has influenced national healthcare policy and has driven key changes within the Undergraduate medical school curriculum. Dr. Chiva Giurca contributed to several peer-reviewed publications and policy documents, including the UK NHS Long Term Plan (a 10-year roadmap for the future of healthcare), the Personalized Care Model, GP Partnership Review, as well as authored three books.
Working with a team of 5,000+ medical students internationally, Dr. Chiva Giurca is the founder of multiple large-scale projects, including the NHS England Social Prescribing Champion Scheme, International Social Prescribing Day, TalkCancer, and Medefine Education, an organization widening access to medical school globally. He has received numerous scholarships, grants, and honorariums for his community impact including meeting HRH The Prince of Wales.