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Dr Paul D. Brown elected as Vice-Chair for inaugural ASM Council on Microbial Sciences

Dr Paul D. Brown

Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, Dr. Paul Brown, has been elected as Vice-Chair for the inaugural Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS) of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).
 
COMS is an integral part of the governance structure of ASM and has responsibility for the strategic direction of the Society. The Council supports the work of ASM by prioritizing the scientific focus of the Society and identifying upcoming opportunities in microbial sciences and scientific trends to ensure effective programmes and scientific activities that benefit the members and the scientific community at large.
 
In February 2017, he was elected to serve as International member-at-large on the Council of the ASM which has more than 50,000 members worldwide, with over 52% of these being non-US scientists.
 
Paul Brown holds the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Master of Philosophy (Biochemistry) from The UWI, Mona campus, and a PhD (Microbiology) from The UWI Cave Hill campus. A Fulbright scholar in 2010, he is currently the ASM Ambassador to Jamaica and a Council member of the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID), both since 2012. Dr. Brown is also a member of the Research Subcommittee for ISID, which has oversight of ISID’s research grants and awards and fellowship programmes.
 
His areas of specialization include basic sciences and molecular microbiology. Dr. Brown has carried out research in the areas of molecular diagnosis, epidemiology and the functional changes that accompany leptospirosis, an infectious bacterial disease occurring in rodents, dogs, and other mammals, which can be transmitted to humans. He also focuses on various bacteria of public health importance in Jamaica.  Major thrusts of his current research include the characterization of the endemic aetiological agents of leptospirosis and the role of climate change, and antimicrobial resistance and the potential to cause disease in hospital-acquired bacteria.Much of this work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals.
 
He has previously served as Member, ASM review committee for the Makela Cassell Travel Award sponsored by the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS); Chair, ASM Leadership Circle, providing oversight of ASM’s strategic direction in terms of communication between members and Ambassadors, international grants and fellowships, and Ambassador Orientation; and Member, ASM Membership Board Task Force.
  
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June 13, 2017

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