Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
Miguel O’Ryan is Full Professor at the Microbiology and Mycology Program at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile where he currently holds the position of Director for International Affairs. He was Vice President for Research and Development of the University of Chile until August 2012, Director for Research and Development of the Faculty of Medicine until July 2014, and previously Director of the Microbiology and Mycology Program. Professor O’Ryan qualified at the Catholic University of Chile and studied paediatric infectious diseases at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston, Texas. He served as the President of the Chilean Infectious Disease Society from 1998–1999. His research has focused in two main areas: molecular and clinical aspects of enteric disease (mainly rotavirus, norovirus and more recently Helicobacter pylori), and vaccines. He was the principle investigator for the multinational trial of the human rotavirus vaccine (NEJM January 2006). Professor O’Ryan’s research and expert reviews and editorials have been widely published in 145 indexed articles and 19 book chapters. Professor O’Ryan is part of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Infectious Diseases (ISID) and President of the International Scientific Committee for the World Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (WSPID). He has been/is International Editor of the Journal of Pediatrics, the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, and the British Medical Journal. Dr. O’Ryan was elected member of the Chilean National Academy of Medicine, Institute of Chile in 2012. During the Covid-19 Pandemic he has been member of Advisory Committees to the Chilean Health Ministry and Ministry of Science and Technology, and worked on vaccine trials and epidemiological studies, published in prestigious journals such as Clinical Infectious Diseases and Lancet Infectious Diseases.