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ICMR head named to UN group on antimicrobial resistance

Monday, March 20, 2017
By Yoshita Singh

United Nations: Indian Council of Medical Research director Soumya Swaminathan has been named to a high-level group set up by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to provide expertise on and coordinate the global fight against antimicrobial resistance.

Swaminathan, 57, has been named to the ad hoc Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, which will be co-chaired by Deputy Secretary- General Amina Mohammed and World Health Organisation Director-General Margaret Chan.

Swaminathan is also Secretary, Department of Health Research in India's Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. A multi award-winning paediatrician and clinical scientist, she is known for her research on tuberculosis. She joined the Tuberculosis Research Centre, Chennai in 1992 and has spent the past 23 years in health research.

She has a Fellowship in Neonatology and Paediatric Pulmonology from at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles at University of Southern California and is also Chair, HIV Section, at International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, according to her profile on ICMR’s website.

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