Asad Ali, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor and Director Research of the Department of Pediatrics at The Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. He obtained his clinical training in Pediatrics at Duke University (USA), followed by a Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Masters in Public Health at the Vanderbilt University (USA). Dr. Ali‘s research interests pertain broadly to pediatric public health challenges of developing countries, specially pneumonia, diarrhea and malnutrition. He was the principal investogator of two PATH sponsored trials to study the factors responsible for lower immunogenecity of rotavirus vaccines in developing countries. He is the principal investigator of two Gates Foundation funded projects to better characterize environmental enteropathy, a key precursor of chronic malnutrition in children in developing countries. Dr. Ali maintains a broad clinical portfolio and particpates actively in the advocacy of issues related to infectious disease and vaccines within Pakistan and in the region. He served as the general secretary of the Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Society of Pakistan from 2013-2015. He currently serves as the Executive Committee member of the Pakistan Pediatric Association, Sindh chapter and as the President of AKU Medical College Alumni Association, Asia chapter.
The Childhood Acute Illness and Nutrition Network (CHAIN) is a multinational research group that aims to optimize the management and care of highly vulnerable children in resource-limited settings to improve survival, growth and development.