Professor Shindo is Medical Officer and leads Clinical aspects of pandemic and
epidemic diseases at World Health Organization’s Headquarters in Geneva. Her background is in medicine, infectious disease and public health. She completed medical trainings at St Thomas’ Hospital, Radcliffe Infirmary, Jikei University Hospital and her PhD in Medical Science (microbiology and cell immunology) at Jikei University School of Medicine followed by specialist training in infectious disease/public health at Infectious Disease Surveillance Centre of National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo, which serves as WHO Collaborating Centre.
She has worked with WHO since 2002. During her time at WHO, Professor
Shindo has been involved in activities such as epidemic intelligence and
verification, outbreak responses and influenza pandemic preparedness. She
participated in the major global WHO responses including SARS, avian influenza,
Indian Ocean Tsunami, deadly viral hemorrhagic fever outbreaks in Africa, 2009
influenza pandemic, novel coronavirus infection, avian influenza H7N9 in China
and more recently, Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa in 2014-15.
She led Influenza and Respiratory Diseases Team until recently and expanded
scope of work across the department since the beginning of 2013. Her
responsibility also extends to cover WHO’s new initiative ‘BRaVe’ (Battle against
respiratory viruses). In July 2015, she was assigned as Coordinator, under which
she has been undertaking the senior management role in the Organization.
During emergencies, she serves as one of the core members of WHO's Strategic
Health Operations Centre (SHOC), the heart of global outbreak response.