James Blanchard is an epidemiologist, physician and Director, Center for Global Public Health, University of Manitoba.He has spent the last decade working on HIV prevention in South Asia: as a contributor to the design of India’s National AIDS Control Programme, as a member of a CIDA-sponsored technical support team assisting Pakistan’s Ministry of Health with its second generation HIV/AIDS surveillance project, and as a member of a World Bank-appointed team that mapped populations at high risk of HIV in Afghanistan. Since KHPT’s inception in 2003, Dr Blanchard has provided technical support for KHPT’s HIV prevention and care programmes. His research interests include epidemiology and control of STIs and HIV, transmission dynamics, and social and behavioural aspects of HIV. He also helped establish internationally recognised research programmes in inflammatory bowel disease and diabetes, and continues to conduct research in these areas. Dr Blanchard received his M.D. from University of Manitoba, Canada and his M.P.H. and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University, USA.