Marcel Tanner obtained a PhD on medical biology from the University of Basel and a MPH from the University of London. He is Director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Parasitology at the University of Basel and at the Federal Institute of Technology. Since 1977, his research ranges 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 from working in rural and urban areas in Africa (mainly Tanzania, Chad, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire) and Asia (China, Thailand, Laos). He was co-investigator and coordinator of the first African malaria vaccine trial in 1992 and participated as co-principal investigator in several major intervention trials on malaria (iron supplementation, intermittent preventive treatment) and schistosomiasis. Besides research the capacity building and North-South partnership was a main interest as reflected in the development of the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania. He has published extensively in the many fields (>500 original papers). He also acted and acts as advisor on communicable diseases research and control, health systems strengthening and capacity building in various national and international agencies / bodies and in boards/committees such as e.g. WHO/STAC-TDR, Wellcome Trust, DNDi, NITD, INCLEN-Trust and INEPTH.
5 out of > 500 selected relevant for current application:
2011: Alonso PL, Brown G, Arevalo-Herrera M, Binka F, Chitnis C, Collins F, Doumbo OK, Greenwood B, Hall BF, Levine M, Mendis K, Newman RD, Plowe CV, Rodríguez MH, Sinden R, Slutsker L, Tanner M. A Research Agenda to Underpin Malaria Eradication. PLoS Medicine doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1000406
Low NM, Fenner L, & Tanner M. Internationale Gesundheit In: Sozial- und Präventivmedizin - Public Health Aufl. 4 , eds. Gutzwiller F & Paccaud F. Bern: Verlag Hans Huber, 457-485.
2010: Vlassoff C, Tanner M, Weiss M & Rao S Putting people first: a primary health care success in rural India. Indian J Community Med 35, 326-330.
2009: Targett G.A., Yeung S., Tanner M. Identifying the gaps – what we need to know In: Shrinking the malaria map: a prospectus on malaria elimination eds. Feachem R, Philipps A, & Targett GA. The Global Health Group, 155-175.
2008: Smith T, Maire N, Ross A, Penny M, Chitnis N, Schapira A, Studer A, Genton B, Lengeler C, Tediosi F, de Savigny D, Tanner M. Towards a comprehensive simulation model of malaria epidemiology and control. Parasitology 11: 1-10.
1995: Harpham T & Tanner M. Urbanization and health in developing countries - a review of some trends. In: Urban health in developing countries : progress and prospects. Ed. Trudy Harpham and Marcel Tanner, London: Earthscan Publ, pp. 1-8.