Sanne Jespersen (Aarhus, Denmark)
Dr Sanne Jespersen graduated from Aarhus University where she received her PhD in 2015. Currently, she is doing her infectious disease training at Aarhus University Hospital and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Motivated by her special interest in HIV, tropical diseases and global health, she has been working in various places including Lesotho, Ireland, Guinea-Bissau, and Greenland. Recently, she has been with Médecins Sans Frontières treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone.
During her PhD studies, she investigated HIV treatment in Guinea-Bissau based on data from the Bissau HIV Cohort, which is the largest single centre cohort of HIV-2 infected individuals. Sanne Jespersen has published several articles describing the specific challenges of delivering antiretroviral treatment in sub-Saharan Africa. Her work represents an important contribution to optimal HIV treatment in extreme resource-poor and politically unstable countries and applying the tools of science under difficult circumstances.
Sanne will receive her award during the ESCMID Young Investigator Awards Session at ECCMID on 11 April 2016 from 14.30 – 15.30 in Hall K. During the session, she will give her presentation: ‘The missing link in HIV treatment delivery in Africa illustrated by the Bissau HIV Cohort’