Dr. Charles Akle
Chief Medical Officer
Georges Bahr qualified at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, before coming to London to do his PhD at the Middlesex Hospital and becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists.
He had a stellar scientific career working initially at the renowned Institut Pasteur in Paris, developing the concept of immunotherapy for chronic infection and cancer, and then the Sandoz Research Institute in Vienna as head of research into HIV and hepatitis C.
This led to an appointment as head of department at the Institut Pasteur in Lille in charge of HIV research helping to develop immunomodulators to block the virus. His expertise in innate immunity was vital in this important work and more so because it involved a mycobacterial extract that has been shown to be also effective in certain cancers.
He has published over 100 original papers and several book chapters as a result and was awarded the prestigious Euroscience Rammal Prize in 2004.
Currently, he is Provost and Professor of Immunology and Virology at the University of Balamand in Lebanon and maintains his research laboratory there.
His work and experience on mycobacteria have been invaluable for clarifying the ways in which some of them have an effect on chronic inflammation, particularly as he has worked on human cells rather than animal models. It is unlikely that there is anyone better qualified than Georges in the field of mycobacterial immunity as it relates to humans.