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Dr Arnold S. Monto

Arnold S. Monto is the Thomas Francis Jr. Collegiate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor.  The major focus of his work has been the epidemiology, prevention and treatment of acute infections in the individual and the community.  Respiratory infections, in particular influenza, have been a major interest, with special reference to the evaluation of vaccines in various populations and the assessment of the value of antivirals.  He has worked on these issues in tropical as well as temperate regions.  He led the studies of respiratory infection in Tecumseh, Michigan, a landmark study of infection in the community.  He has studied various approaches to influenza vaccine use, particularly to control transmission of the virus in the community and in nursing homes.

Professor Monto is involved in assessing the efficacy of various types of influenza vaccine in prophylaxis and neuraminidase inhibitors and other compounds in prophylaxis and therapy of influenza, including implications of antiviral resistance.  He now is involved in an observational study of effectiveness of influenza vaccines in various settings, including in households.  His recent activities have included evaluation of face masks and hand hygiene in the control of influenza transmission and determination of efficacy of the traditional inactivated and live attenuated influenza vaccines.  He works extensively with national and international organizations on issues related to influenza control and pandemic preparedness.  He has been a member of the National Allergy and Infectious Disease Advisory Council of the US National Institutes of Health and is now on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Fondation Merieux.  He is a past president of the American Epidemiological Society. He was the 2009 recipient of the Alexander Fleming Award of the Infectious Diseases Society of America for lifetime achievement and the 2012 Charles Merieux award of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.  He was a member of the Emergency Committee making recommendations to the World Health Organization during the past influenza pandemic.