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Keith Klugman

Title Director for Pneumonia
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Keith Klugman, director for pneumonia, leads the Gates Foundation's work to improve the development and delivery of pneumonia vaccines and expand the use of antibiotic treatments and diagnostic tools.

Keith is a leading expert on antibiotic resistance in pneumonia pathogens and helped develop the pneumococcal vaccine that is now part of the immunization regimen for children born in the United States and is being rolled out globally. Keith was the William H. Foege Professor of Global Health and Professor of Epidemiology in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University as well as Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Emory School of Medicine. In addition, he still serves as Honorary Professor in the Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

Keith has chaired or served on numerous expert committees for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among other American and international organizations, and has published more than 450 scientific papers on the subjects of pneumonia, meningitis, antimicrobial resistance, and vaccines for bacterial pathogens, which have been sited more than 20,000 times to date. He is currently the President of the International Society for Infectious Diseases.

Keith trained in South Africa and did his post-doctoral research at Rockefeller University in New York.

Posts By Keith Klugman

This #GivingTuesday, give the gift of good health and education

On #GivingTuesday – a day of donating and volunteering to kick off the holiday season – we wanted to share a few organizations that inspire us and our work.

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New Ways of Quickly Diagnosing Children Most At Risk for Pneumonia

On this World Pneumonia Day, I am proud to announce new grants to ten scientists working on nine projects in seven countries to test out-of-the-box ideas to improve pneumonia detection.

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A Mother’s Gift: Vaccinating Mom Can Protect Baby Too

A landmark study shows that influenza vaccination of pregnant women is safe and protects women and their infants against the flu.

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