Title: Emerita Professor
Affiliation(s): Cameroon Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Emeritus Professor Rose Gana Fomban Leke is Professor of Immunology and Parasitology, a Fellow of the Cameroon Academy of Sciences CAS, The African Academy of Science AAS, and The World Academy of Science, TWAS. Until March 2013 she was Head of Department at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaounde 1, and Director of the Biotechnology Centre. She serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Medical Research Institute, IMPM, and serves as Vice President of the Scientific Committee of Cameroon First Lady’s Research Centre (CIRCB). She was invited as the 2014 Aggrey-Fraser-Guggisberg Memorial Lecturer at the University of Ghana, and was awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa (DSc).
In 2011, she was one of six women who received the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award for Women, and received the 2012 award for Excellence in Science from The Cameroon Professional Society. She was elected International Honorary Fellow of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene ASTMH in 2015. She is a member of the Canada Gairdner Foundation Global Health Award Advisory Committee.
She was elected one of nine women as HEROINE OF HEALTH 2018, and was celebrated in Geneva on May 20th, 2018 in the presence of the Director General World Health Organization, the Regional Director WHO/AFRO, and the Cameroon Minister of Health.
On November 23, 2018, she was crowned by the Cameroon Medical Council as QUEEN MOTHER OF THE CAMEROONIAN MEDICAL COMMUNITY
She is Executive Director of the Cameroon Coalition against malaria, and Chair of the Multilateral Initiative in Malaria (MIM) Secretariat.
She was President of the Federation of African Immunological Societies, a Council member of the International Union of Immunological Societies for two terms.
She has served and still serves as a consultant on many committees for the World Health Organization (WHO): the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC), The Malaria Elimination Oversight Committee, Chair of the African Regional Commission for the Certification of the Eradication of Poliomyelitis (ARCC), a member of the Global Certification Commission (GCC). She has been a member and Chair of the African Advisory Committee for Health Research (AACHR), a member of the Global ACHR, a Board member of the Global Forum for Health Research, and since 2013 serves on the WHO Emergency Committee for Polio eradication.
She has served as Vice-Chair of the Technical Evaluation Reference group (TERG) of the Global Fund, and in 2009 was awarded a Plaque of Honour in recognition of her “outstanding Services and dedication in leading the TERG…” She was Chair of the Data Management Committee for a trial on Azithromycin-chloroquine, was a member of the Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) for Ebola vaccine trials in Guinea.
Her research interest is in the immunology of parasitic infections, particularly Malaria. She has a keen interest in Global Health issues, is very involved in the Polio Eradication Initiative, in malaria elimination, and is very particular about Health Systems Strengthening. She has been very effective in the training of the next generation of scientists, particularly the empowerment of the young female scientists and women in General. HIGHER WOMEN CAMEROON is one of her initiatives. It is a mentoring program that has made a lot of impact.
Organization: University of Yaounde