Dr Esmita Charani Dr Esmita Charani 

Esmita is the Senior Lead Pharmacist within the faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London at the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit for Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance. She a visiting Researcher at Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen Norway, and adjunct faculty at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kerala India, where she is involved in helping implement and investigate national antibiotic stewardship programmes. She is a Global Health Fellow with the Office of the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England and advises on the global health partnerships between the NHS and healthcare facilities in Uganda, Ghana and Tanzania. Her doctoral thesis investigated antimicrobial stewardship across India, Norway, France, Burkina Faso and England. 

She is co-investigator on the ESRC award (2017-2021): Optimising antibiotic use along surgical pathways: addressing antimicrobial resistance and improving clinical outcomes (in England, Scotland, Rwanda, India & South Africa). Esmita completed her Masters (MPharm Hons) in Pharmacy at University College London, her MSc in Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and her PhD from Imperial College London. 

Professor Nick BeechingProfessor Nick Beeching

Emeritus Professor of Tropical and Infectious Diseases, Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Undergraduate studies at Balliol College, Oxford led to a BA in Physiological Sciences before clinical medical school which included an elective at St John’s Medical College, Bangalore. Subsequent clinical training posts included Oxford, LSTM, Adelaide, Birmingham, Riyadh and Auckland. Nick was a consultant physician in Khamis Mushayt, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for 2 years before taking up his first posts in Liverpool in 1987. He was appointed to a new NHS funded Senior Lectureship, established to strengthen links between the Regional Infectious Disease Unit (then at Fazakerley Hospital) and the LSTM. The success of this underpinned the move of the Regional Unit to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in late 2001. Since partial retirement in 2018 he has reduced his clinical activities to supporting several specialist areas of practice. He is still actively involved in teaching and training activities, including supervision of postgraduate research students and he maintains links with colleagues overseas, particularly in South Asia and in the Middle East, to continue research projects and to enable training exchanges and placements.

Teaching and training
Long-standing interest in postgraduate medical education, including curriculum development and specialist examinations at national and international level. He delivers numerous lectures and interactive teaching sessions a year on DTM&H and other courses and conferences in LSTM and in the North West, nationally and internationally. Particular interest in delivery of clinical and epidemiological case studies using interactive keypads, and introducing undergraduates to tropical medicine.

Dr Tristan Barber

Dr Tristan Barber is a Consultant Physician in HIV Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital and Honorary Associate Professor at the Institute of Global Health at UCL. He is a British HIV Association (BHIVA) Trustee and Executive Committee member, as well as Chair of the BHIVA Education and Scientific Subcommittee. He has a research background in HIV-related neurocognitive impairment and phase 3 clinical trials, having been awarded his MD by the University of Cambridge in 2019, as well as having recently establish a dedicated frailty service for ageing patients with HIV infection (The SAGE Clinic). He coordinates the educational exchange programme for Justri.org, and is passionate about supporting global HIV educational and research programmes.

Dr Mas ChapondaDr Mas Chaponda

Dr Mas Chaponda  is a consultant in Infectious Diseases.  He has worked in HIV medicine at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.  He is an executive member of the British HIV Association as well as the national HIV Clinical reference group reviewing national HIV policies and streamlining HIV services. His interests include HIV drug interactions, models of care and education.