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Current Officers


Georgios Pappas

All Members

Waqas Ahmad (Pakistan)
Jurica Arapovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Ariful Basher (Bangladesh)
Paul Brown (Jamaica)
Bruno Chomel (USA)
Marija Dimzova (Macedonia)
Olgica Djurkovic-Djakovic (Serbia)
Eduardo Gotuzzo (Peru) 
Chris Kenyon (Belgium)
Faham Khamesipour (Iran)
Mihai Mares (Romania)
Peter Rabinowitz (USA)
Silvio Špičić (Croatia)
Ted Tsai (USA)
J. Scott Weese (Canada)
Ruth Zadoks (Australia)

How to Join

ISAC Working Groups are open to new members with a strong interest and relevant experience in the given field. To join an ISAC Working Group, please contact Fee Johnstone, ISAC Executive Officer with your name and a brief C.V. We welcome new members!

Aims & objectives

The WG should serve in a dual mode:


  1. In promoting the need of further interest and research on general issues of zoonotic diseases, as the factors that contribute to their emergence, their significance for human and animal health, their social and economic burden, the need for complex response of the One-Health type, their pandemic and bioweapon potential, and so on.
  2. In focusing on specific zoonotic infection issues, including zoonoses patterns of various geographical areas, zoonotic threats for special human patient populations, the zoonotic nature of antimicrobial resistance, and so on. This focus would be both educational for health professionals and informaitonal for decision makers, the media, and the public.


Watch the recent Zoonoses Working Group webinar on "H5N1 Avian Influenza: the path from panzootic to pandemic".

In the webinar, you will hear from global experts in the field who cover the following topics:
* H5N1 and animal health: expansion and impacts on wildlife conservation - Dr Isabella Monne (Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie, Italy)
* H5N1 in mammals: what evidence do we see for ongoing human adaptation - Dr Tom Peacock (The Pirbright Institute / Imperial College London, UK)
* Public health preparedness for a potential H5N1 pandemic - Prof. Charles (Todd) Davis (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA)
The session was moderated by Zoonoses Working Group Chair, Prof. Georgios Pappas (Institute of Continuing Medical Education of Ioannina, Greece).

Last updated: December 15th-2023