Professor Marcel Tanner is Director Emeritus of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. He served as director from 1997 to 2015. He is professor of Epidemiology and Medical Parasitology at the Faculties of Science and Medicine of the University of Basel and Adjunct Professor at the Federal Institute of Technology.
Since 1977, Professor Tanner’s research has ranged from basic research on the cell biology and immunology on malaria, schistosomiasis, trypanosomiasis and filariasis to epidemiological and public health research on risk assessment, vulnerability, health impact and district health planning. His research, teaching and health planning expertise are based on substantial long-term experience working in rural and urban areas in Africa (mainly Tanzania, Chad, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire), Asia (China, Thailand, India, Laos) and the Pacific (PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu).
Professor Tanner was co‐investigator and coordinator of the first African malaria vaccine trial in 1992 and has since participated as co‐principal investigator in most major intervention trials on malaria (iron supplementation, intermittent preventive treatment) and schistosomiasis. Capacity development and North‐South partnerships have been main areas of interest as reflected in the development of the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania. Professor Tanner has published extensively and also acts as advisor on communicable diseases research and control, health systems strengthening and capacity building in various national and international agencies or bodies and in boards and/or committees (including but not limited to the following Malaria Policy Advisory Committees: Malaria Policy Advisory Committee, Malaria Elimination Group, Malaria Elimination Scientific Agenda, International Clinical Epidemiology Network (chair), INDEPTH Network (chair), and Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (chair).
Professor Tanner earned a doctoral degree in Medical Biology from the University of Basel and a Master of Public Health from the University of London.