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Joris Hemelaar is a Fellow in Global Perinatal Health, Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health.

Main area(s) of interest/expertise

Perinatal outcomes in the context of maternal HIV infection and antiretroviral therapy. Global molecular epidemiology of HIV-1.

Why is Oxford a good place to work in research related to environmental challenges?

Oxford medicine is among the best in the world and has a long-standing focus on global/tropical health, including HIV infection. Global environmental challenges, such as climate change, inevitably impact the health and wellbeing of people around the world and may limit progress in health or even reverse progress made in previous years. Oxford is extremely well-placed to make significant contributions to overcoming these challenges and improve the health of people around the world.

What is the biggest environmental challenge facing the planet right now?

Climate change is arguably the biggest challenge facing the whole planet at the moment. Extreme weather, such as tropical storms, flooding or droughts, will threaten life directly and will also have longer term health impacts, for instance through epidemic outbreaks of infectious diseases and breakdown of health systems. The poorest are likely to suffer disproportionately and improving global HIV prevention and treatment efforts should therefore remain a priority.

Despite the challenges, are you optimistic about our future?

Humanity has overcome many challenges throughout the millennia. Our current level of (medical) knowledge and technical ability is higher than it has ever been before. In addition, we are more connected than ever before. Together this enables us to develop new solutions and treatments better than ever before and ensure these reach the people that need them most.

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