Dr. Zarifah (Za) Reed joined REDI Center as an Assistant Director for Clinical Research in April of 2008 under a secondment arrangement from the World Health Organization. Dr. Reed coordinates REDI Center’s local/regional clinical research and training programs on emerging diseases. She directs the Center’s projects on training for case management and infection control for Indonesia’s 100 referral hospitals for avian influenza and pandemic influenza and the Pilot Project for Control of Avian Influenza in Tangerang, Indonesia. She also collaborates with the Southeast Asia and Western Pacific Regional offices of WHO and US CDC in a regional effort to develop and implement more effective training for infection control for avian influenza and tuberculosis in health care facilities in the region. In addition she is coordinating regional workshops on hand foot and mouth disease and Chikungunya in partnership with the Singaporean collaborators.
Dr. Reed received her MD from the University of Malaya in Kula Lumpur in 1992 and completed her pediatric residency at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore with American Board of Pediatrics Certification in 1998. She obtained her MPH from Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 1999 and also completed the Evaluation and Research Course at the Center for Biologics at the US Food and Drug Administration in 1999.
Prior to joining REDI Center, Dr. Reed was Technical Officer and Malaria Vaccine Focal Point for Initiative for Vaccine Research, Immunization, Vaccine and Biologicals Program of the World Health Organization in Geneva from 2003 to 2008. At WHO she had responsibilities for developing and coordinating programs for research and development of malaria vaccines, ensuring the safe and ethical conduct of clinical trials and helping to build capacity and policy development for malaria vaccine research including a ‘standard-of-care package” for vaccine trials and a research agenda for developing a paediatric malaria vaccine. Prior to joining WHO, Dr. Reed work for two years as Physician Investigator and Epidemiologist on malaria research with the US NAMRU-2 Research Unit in Jakarta.