The ISTM is an international society of physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other medical professionals who promote travel health initiatives. The taskforce will research evidence and provide technical advice to international agencies in relation to the safe resumption of international travel, based on public health guidance and travel risk assessments.
Professor Gerard Flaherty of the School of Medicine at NUI Galway has been appointed as lead for the taskforce, of which he is one of 58 Fellows worldwide.
Reflecting on this voluntary role, Professor Flaherty commented: "I am proud to represent NUI Galway in my various contributions to the leading professional society devoted to travel medicine education and research. The safe facilitation of international travel will be at the core of our new taskforce's efforts."
Professor Timothy O’Brien, Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at NUI Galway, said: "The appointment of Professor Flaherty as the International Society of Travel Medicine Covid-19 Task Force lead is an excellent choice. Professor Flaherty, as a clinical expert with extensive experience, will be a dedicated advocate for safe and healthy travel as the world emerges from lockdown."