Dr. Rod Hoff was appointed as the first Executive Director of REDI Center in November 2006. In this capacity he has led the Center’s mission to enhance the capability and capacity of the region to detect, monitor, and respond to emerging infectious disease threats. REDI Center carries out its mission by partnering with Singaporean institutions and international organizations such as the Regional Offices of the World Health Organization, US Government CDC, NIH, USAID and USDA. With a staff of seven the Center supports and coordinates research and training projects on emerging diseases in several countries in the region. For the past few years the Center has focused on avian influenza control in Indonesia, infection control in the Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia and Vietnam and training on laboratory biosafety, influenza diagnosis, outbreak investigation and response to influenza pandemic preparedness.
Before coming to REDI Center, Dr. Hoff worked on national and international aspects of HIV/AIDS at the US National Institutes of Health. In the mid-1980s he developed a novel techniques for screening newborns for congenital toxoplasmosis and determining the seroprevalence of HIV in childbearing women, which produced the first national estimates of HIV infection in the United States. During his career at the NIH, he organized and directed the HIVNET and HPTN clinical trial networks for evaluating HIV vaccines and other preventive interventions for HIV/AIDS. He organized and directed the Comprehensive International Program of Research on AIDS (CIPRA), which provided long-term research and infrastructure support to research organizations in developing countries to enhance their capability and capacity to conduct HIV/AIDS research relevant to their populations. He also helped to initiate international research projects on SARS and avian influenza.
Prior coming to NIH Dr. Hoff held faculty positions at Harvard School of Public Health and Tufts Medical School. He conducted infectious disease research in Brazil, and worked on various public health programs in United States, Thailand and Vietnam. Dr. Hoff has conducted research and published widely on HIV/AIDS, Chagas’ disease, schistosomiasis, Leishmaniasis, toxoplasmosis, malaria and other emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.
Dr. Hoff has a Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MSPH and Doctor of Science Degree in Tropical Public Health from Harvard University School of Public Health in Boston.
Dr. Hoff may be reached at the following contact information:
Dr. Rod Hoff, D.Sc., M.P.H.
10 Biopolis Road, #02-01 Chromos
Telephone: (65) 6874 7030 / (65) 6874 7029
Mobile: (65) 9774 5044