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Ryan Novak, MSc, PhD, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ryan Novak is an Epidemiologist with the Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. After receiving his PhD, he completed postdoctoral training at UNC School of Public Health, a CDC Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship, and a two year appointment with CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service in the Division of Viral Hepatitis. His interests are global health with expertise in the epidemiology of meningococcal meningitis in Africa, disease surveillance, and epidemic response. He has worked in 15 countries, where he collaborated with Ministries of Health, WHO, and other international partners to reduce the burden of viral hepatitis and meningococcal disease, and leading teams in support of CDC emergency response to the H1N1 Pandemic, and the first outbreak of Ebola in Mali. Since 2007, he has logged more than 600 days deployed in sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen country capacity for epidemic meningitis detection and response, and led the development and implementation of a national case based surveillance system in Burkina Faso, that provide the first evidence of the effectiveness of a new conjugate meningococcal A meningitis vaccine.