Dr Jeremy Nel graduated with an MBChB from University of the Cape Town in 2006, and thereafter specialized in internal medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he later also completed a fellowship in infectious diseases. He was awarded a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Royal College of Physicians with distinction in 2017 and recently completed a fellowship in transplant infectious diseases at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Dr Nel is an active member of the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society, and has been involved in several guidelines committees including the adult antiretroviral therapy guidelines, cryptococcal meningitis guidelines and transplant HIV guidelines.
Dr Nel has published research in the fields of tuberculosis, nontuberculous mycobacteria, HIV and cryptococcal meningitis. He is a member of the South African Ministerial Advisory Council on COVID-19, and is the national co-PI of WHO’s Solidarity Therapeutics Trial in South Africa.
Professor Gary Maartens is both head of clinical pharmacology at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and a chief specialist physician at Groote Schuur Hospital. He is an international authority on the therapeutic aspects of HIV-associated TB, drug-resistant TB and antiretroviral therapy in resource-limited settings. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, was the founding president for the South African College of Clinical Pharmacologists, and in 2015, was awarded a gold medal by the Medical Research Council of South Africa for outstanding contributions to medical research.
Professor Yunus Moosa is an Associate Professor, Chief Specialist and Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His work focuses on the care of inpatients and outpatients with complex infectious disease issues. He is involved in bedside teaching and training of medical students, postgraduates at all levels and Infectious Diseases Subspecialists. His research interests include HIV drug resistance, diagnosis of smear negative tuberculosis and TB drug induced liver injury.
Dr David Spencer graduated from UCT in 1974. He has trained in the UK, USA and Canada, and has spent the better part of the last 45 years as an ID physician, with a focus on HIV, in Johannesburg. Dave is well-known as a teacher and mentor within both the private and the public academic sectors; rural, peri-urban and urban settings, and has experience working in Africa more broadly. Dave is the chief-editor of the PubMed Central® accredited Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine (SAJHIVMED).
Professor Francois Venter is Divisional Director, Ezintsha, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He has expertise in HIV programme implementation, including antiretroviral therapy (ART), opportunistic infection prophylaxis, human resource allocation, data systems, and service integration, having led large PEPFAR-funded HIV programmes. He leads multiple ART optimisation studies, has an active interest in public sector access to HIV services, medical ethics, and human rights.