Chris Beyrer is Professor of epidemiology, International Health and Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. He serves as Director of Johns Hopkins HIV Training Program in Epidemiology and Prevention Science, and founded and directs the university’s Center for Public Health and Human Rights. He is Co-Principal Investigator of the Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and also serves as Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health. He has extensive experience in conducting international collaborative research and training programs in HIV/AIDS and other infectious disease epidemiology, in infectious disease prevention research, HIV vaccine preparedness, in health and migration, and in health and human rights.
Dr. Beyrer served as Field Director of the Thai PAVE and HIVNET studies from 1992-1996, based in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, and has done extensive research in the epidemiology of HIV among key populations in Thailand, Burma, China, India, South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania, Russia, and Kazakhstan. He was the author of over 200 scientific papers, he has authored the 1998 book War in the Blood: Sex Politics and AIDS in Southeast Asia and co-edited the 2008 book Public Health and Human Rights: Evidence-Based Approaches. He is the current President of the International AIDS Society, and was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2014.