edwin j asturias

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

University of Colorado School of Medicine
United States

Dr Edwin Asturias is paediatric infectious diseases doctor with a public health background who is currently working as Associate Director for the Centre for Global Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He was boarded in paediatrics at University of Colorado Health Sciences Centre in 1995 and Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1998. He has led for 25 years clinical trials, implementation research and policy for introduction and safety of vaccines for children in lowand middle-income countries including Hib, pneumococcus, poliovirus, dengue, influenza, and novel coronavirus. Dr. Asturias founded and has served on the Guatemalan National Committee for Immunization Practices, the Poliovirus Contention Commission, and advisory groups for the World Health Organization, including the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety.

He is now the coordinator for the Advanced Vaccinology Course of the University of Geneva and Foundation Mérieux in France and member of the World Health Organization Expert Advisory Group for the Malaria Vaccine. In 2020, he served his native country, Guatemala as the Presidential Commissioner for the Emergency of COVID-19. He is now leading studies on evaluating the impact of influenza and COVID-19 in 5 agricultural workers and households, new methods for diagnosis of pneumonia and measuring the impact of novel pneumococcal vaccines and elucidating transfer of RSV maternal antibodies in anticipation of upcoming RSV vaccines. He is the member of ACIP working groups on polio and dengue in the United States and an active member on immunizations for the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre for Family and Child Health based at the University of Colorado.

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