Stanley Luchters, Epidemiologist at the International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH), Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ghent University, Belgium
Prof Stanley Luchters is a medical epidemiologist leading a global research agenda on prevention of sexual and reproductive health morbidities, thereby addressing Millennium Development Goals 4, 5 and 6. His main expertise lies in design, implementation and evaluation of innovative and high-impact HIV prevention strategies in resource-constrained settings, including Papua New Guinea, China, India and six sub-Saharan African countries. He currently holds honorary academic appointments at Monash University (A/Prof), Ghent University, Belgium (Visiting Prof), and University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa (Visiting Prof).
Stanley has been Chief Investigator on over 20 studies, including some international multi-centre clinical trials adhering to international Good Clinical Practice guidelines. In 2012, his project was 1 of only 15 (out of over 500 applications globally) selected for the international Saving Lives at Birth, Grand Challenges for Development award, jointly funded by USAID, the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada and DFID.
Following leadership of research teams in South Africa and Rwanda, he held a post in Kenya from 2004-2008. Here, (employed by Ghent University, Belgium) as CEO and Country Director of the International Centre for Reproductive Health (a locally-registered NGO and WHO Collaborating Centre for reproductive health), he was responsible for overall management of the research NGO, and provided intellectual leadership to around 100 full-time personnel. This encompassed clinical, scientific, laboratory, project and data management staff. He led the scientific planning, proposal development, and implementation of sexual and reproductive health research and training of ICRH. Since being recruited to Australia in 2012, Stanley has been appointed co-Head of the Centre for International Health at Burnet and provides leadership to 106 staff, including teams in Myanmar, Laos and Papua New Guinea.