Jean Philippe Chippaux

Institut de recherche pour le développement, France

Jean Philippe Chippaux was born in February 18, 1954 in Lyon, France. He is the Director of Research at the Institute of Researches for the Development (IRD) in the research unit “Mother and child facing tropical diseases.” Chippaux is a Medical doctor; he has a Ph.D. degree in public health and is involved in tropical disease control. In the last twenty years, he conducted clinical trials for drugs or vaccines combining efficiency and safety, in order to favour their routine use in peripheral health centres lacking good health conditions. After completing his national service in French Guiana at the Institut Pasteur as Medical Entomologist from 1981 to 1982, Chippaux was recruited at IRD in 1984. He held positions in Benin (1985–1989) where he was one of the promoters of the global eradication of dracunculiasis or Guinea worm, in Cameroon (1989–1994) where he conducted clinical studies on ivermectin for prophylaxis of ocular complications of onchocerciasis, in Niger (1994–2000) where he carried out clinical trials of praziquantel against bilharziasis and vaccine trials against meningococcal meningitis, in Senegal (2000–2005) where he coordinated research activities in the demographic surveillance system of Niakhar, and in Bolivia (2005–2008) where he performed a clinical trial of benznidazole against congenital Chagas disease. He is currently in Benin to prepare the clinical development of a new vaccine against malaria associated with pregnancy. During his various assignments, he also participated in clinical studies on envenoming and treatment by immunotherapy. He wrote over 280 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 250 communications in international or regional conferences.

Biography Updated on 1 December 2011

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