Julie Jacobson currently supports activities and investments working toward the control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) on the Neglected Tropical Diseases Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A physician with training in clinical tropical medicine and applied epidemiology, she is now the Initiative Lead for Guinea worm eradication, onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis elimination. She has worked on the Global Health team for over 9 years supporting research and delivery related activities and played a formative role in the development of the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Team at the foundation. She was part of the creation of the London Declaration on NTDs building a new innovative partnership to support achieving the WHO 2020 targets for ten neglected diseases and is the first and current Chair of their governing body, the Stakeholders Working Group.
Prior to the NTD team, Julie worked with several other program areas at the foundation ranging from disease specific work in areas like dengue to helping establish the maternal immunization scope of work and supporting the initiation of activities around what is now integrated delivery.
At PATH she was the former Scientific Director of Immunization Solutions and Director of PATH’s Japanese encephalitis (JE) project. During this time, Julie helped accelerate the control of JE in endemic countries by improving data on the distribution of JE, the development of an improved vaccine and diagnostic tests for JE, and countries’ integration of the JE vaccine into immunization programs. Ultimately this program supported the first Chinese vaccine ever to be pre-qualified by WHO and procured by GAVI. While with PATH’s Children’s Vaccine Program she supported the start of GAVI and the Vaccine Fund as part of a small team. Beyond routine immunization she was responsible for prioritizing and designing field activities for new vaccines including HPV, yellow fever and rotavirus.
Prior to joining PATH, Dr. Jacobson worked at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer working in Disaster Epidemiology responding to natural disasters. In this capacity, she worked in disaster epidemiology and conducted needs assessments for disaster victims, evaluated national surveillance systems, and evaluated the health impact of earthquakes on displaced persons. Dr. Jacobson has worked clinically in the US, Latin America, and Africa.