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 ESCAIDE Scientific committee

 

 
Mike Catchpole - ECDC, Chair of ESCAIDE Scientific Committee
Mike is the Chief Scientist at ECDC. As Head of the Office of the Chief Scientist, he is responsible for driving the scientific agenda and overseeing the quality of the scientific outputs of the Centre. Prior to joining ECDC in 2014, he was the Director of Public Health England’s national Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control. He is a medical doctor with over 20 years of experience working in infectious disease epidemiology at a national and international levels. His main research interests have been in the fields of sexual health, major incident and disaster response, and medical information systems.

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Aileen Kitching - President of the EPIET Alumni Network (EAN)
Aileen is a consultant in Public Health Medicine in the Health Service Executive in Ireland, where her portfolio includes HIV/STIs, health inequalities and health information for health service planning. Having a background in clinical medicine (hospital & general practice in Ireland, Scotland and Australia; Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)in Liberia), she undertook the EPIET Programme (2007-2009) at the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in London. During 2009-2015, Aileen completed her specialisation in public health medicine with a main focus on communicable disease control (surveillance and outbreak response) at the local, regional and national level in the UK (at HPA/Public Health England). Internationally, she has worked in the Outbreak Response Unit at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in South Africa, and as a consultant with WHO in the Philippines (Typhoon Haiyan, 2014) and Sierra Leone (Ebola response, 2015). She was elected President of the Board of the EPIET Alumni Network (EAN) in 2015.

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Thea Kølsen Fischer - Statens Serum Institut (SSI), Denmark
Thea is a public health virologist heading the Virology Surveillance and Research Unit and all Danish WHO National Reference Laboratories for viruses at SSI. Thea is a Professor in Global Health and Infectious Diseases and her research has focused on global high-incidence viruses such as influenza, enteroviruses and rotavirus combining epidemiology, molecular profiling and vaccinology. She specialised in epidemiology and laboratory outbreak management as an EIS Officer at CDC. Thea is a member of the ECDC National Microbiology Focal Points forum.

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Fehminaz Temel - Public Health Institute, Turkey
Fehminaz is a medical doctor, epidemiologist and public health specialist, working as head of the Field Epidemiology Unit and director of the Turkish Field Epidemiology Training Programme in the Public Health Institute of Turkey. She is a member of TEPHINET (Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network) Europe​.

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Marc Struelens - ECDC
Marc is the Chief Microbiologist at ECDC. He is former President of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, and Professor of Medical Microbiology at the Faculty of Medicine of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium. Marc has authored over 200 peer-reviewed articles and 20 book chapters across many disciplines, including molecular epidemiology, control of nosocomial infections and antimicrobial resistance. He has served as editor of several international scientific journals, been a member of several national and international advisory boards, European Union (EU)-supported research and public health networks, and has served as consultant to the WHO and EU.

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Osamah Hamouda - Robert Koch Institute, Germany
Osamah Hamouda MD, MPH is head of the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the Robert Koch Institute, the national public health institute in Germany. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Hamouda was deputy head of the department from 2003 and head of the HIV/AIDS, STI and Bloodborne Infections Unit since 1995. He studied medicine at the Free University, Berlin and completed his postgraduate training in public health also in Berlin. He has worked in prevention, surveillance and epidemiology since 1987 and has lead numerous surveillance and research projects in the field.

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Helena de Carvalho Gomes - ECDC
A medical doctor by training, Helena first worked in obstetrics and gynaecology before moving to public health where she holds a masters degree. Helena joined ECDC in 2008 to work with the vaccine-preventable diseases programme, and is currently Head of the Scientific Advice Coordination Section. After leaving clinical practice and before joining ECDC, Helena was member of the subcommittee on prevention and represented the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians in the German Federal Joint Committee. In this function she developed systematic reviews, health technology assessments and directives for the Committee, mainly in the area of screening and  early detection of disease, as well as maternal and child health. Helena has a special interest in methods and tools for evidence-based practice and decision-making in healthcare and public health, and their application in infectious diseases epidemiology, prevention and control.

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Marion Muehlen - ECDC
Marion currently heads the EPIET programme in the Public Health Training section at ECDC. After training and working as a medical doctor in Brazil, Marion moved to Germany to specialize in occupational health. She then moved on to clinical pharmacology, where she worked for 15 years in clinical trials. Drug trials for neglected diseases sparked her interest in epidemiology and public health, leading her to complete a masters degree in tropical medicine and international health, and later the EPIET programme as an FETP fellow at the Robert Koch Institute. After becoming an EPIET fellow, Marion received a two-year Marie Curie fellowship to help develop mathematical models of infectious disease transmission in the Theoretical Epidemiology group at the Gulbenkian Institute of Science in Portugal. Following these two years, Marion joined the EPIET Scientific Coordinator team in 2008, first based at the Robert Koch Institute, Germany, and later at Public Health England in Colindale, UK. She joined ECDC in 2010 as an EPIET coordinator based in Stockholm, and has been appointed acting Head of EPIET since April 2015.

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Aura Timen - National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, The Netherlands
Aura is the Head of the National Coordination Centre for Outbreak Management of the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and Environment and a member of the ECDC Advisory Forum on behalf of EUPHA. Prior to this role, Aura worked for the Delfland Municipal Public Health Service as a physician in social medicine. She is a medical doctor by training, specializing in communicable disease control, with extensive research experience on crisis management in the Netherlands and abroad. Aura holds a PhD in outbreak management from the Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

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João André Nogueira Custódio Carriço – Medical University of Lisbon, Portugal
João is currently working as a Researcher in the Molecular Microbiology and Infection Unit at the Instituto de Medicina Molecular in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon, and teaches at the Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon. He studied Applied Chemistry, Biotechnology and did his PhD on Microbial typing and data analysis methodologies. João’s research interests are in Bioinformatics and the development of novel analysis and visualization methodologies with special focus on microbiology, molecular epidemiology and microbial typing methods.

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Karl Ekdahl - ECDC
Karl is the Head of the Public Health Capacity and Communication Unit at ECDC. He was the first expert to join the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in 2005. Within ECDC, he has been Strategic Adviser to the Director (2005-2007), and Head of the Health Communication Unit (2007-2010). From February to April 2010, Karl was the Centre’s Acting Director. Karl is a medical doctor and a specialist in infectious diseases. He has a PhD in Infectious Diseases from Lund University in Sweden, a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from Prince Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, and a Master's Degree in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 1999 he became Associate Professor and in 2007 Adjunct Professor in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

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