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Pedro Alonso graduated in medicine at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, followed post graduate training at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and holds a PhD from the University of Barcelona. Currently he is the Director of the Barcelona Center for International Health Research at the Hospital Clinic, and Professor at the University of Barcelona.

Dr. Alonso founded the Manhiça Health Research Center in Mozambique in 1996 and since then has been leading its development. He has served in a number of international committees and currently Chairs the World Health Organisation's Malaria Vaccine Expert Committee.

Having worked in West, East and Southern Africa, most of his professional life has been devoted to Public Health in Africa, with a major emphasis in research and capacity building. Priority health issues, including malaria, HIV, Hepatitis, and other communicable diseases have been the focus of his work. The cornerstone of this research activity has been and continues to be the development and testing of new control tools against malaria as well as training young African scientists.