| Edouard BETSEM is MD by training, graduated from the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Yaounde 1/Cameroon. He completed a specialist training as a a Clinical Pathologist in the same school of Medicine before having his PhD in Virology from the University of Paris 7 / Denis Diderot and the Institut Pasteur de Paris. His most recent degree was a Master of Public Health from the CNAM/Pasteur school of public health in Paris.
Edouard, is a full passionate of field epidemiology, and the thematic of circulation of viruses in natural settings, disease emergence through cross species transmissions from animal reservoirs to humans, especially in Central Africa where he conducted numerous field works on the early steps mechanisms at the origin of an emergence in humans of retroviruses such as Simian foamy viruses.
He is a full time sport and martial arts practitioner. He has created the Kaeten Jutsu Initiative in Cameroon and the Universal Self Defense association in Bangui/CAR for full martial styles practitioners. He is a Jazz and Blues lover, singer and song writer in his spare times.
He has been conducting in South, East and Central Cameroon, field works on the genetic of the forest populations in Cameroon, and some high impact molecular epidemiology works on Simian foamy viruses and Human Herpes virus 8. These field works have contributed to an comprehensive update of the epidemiology of HTLV 1/2/3 viruses in Central Africa and the description of a new strain of newly discovered HTLV3.
Dr Betsem is also a devoted humanitarian who was attracted to one day to the life of Baka Pygmies in Cameroon. The Yesilo initiative is one way he found to participate to the full emancipation of that Pygmy tribe. He is sponsoring two Baka school children every year and frequently offers counselling, drugs, clothing and medical assistance including surgery, with the generosity of team members, colleagues, friends, family and different associations.
Dr Edouard BETSEM is also involved in different national and international professional organisations orking on improving population health, science and living standards in Cameroon, Africa and elsewhere.