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Mike Catchpole- ECDC, Chair of ESCAIDE Scientific CommitteeMike 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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Johan Giesecke – Karolinska Institute, SwedenJohan is a Professor of Epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, and the first Chief Scientist at the ECDC, a position he held from 2005 until his retirement in September 2014. From a background as an infectious disease clinician, his research interests include epidemic modelling, HIV/STIs and late sequelae of acute infections. He has published some 150 scientific papers, written a textbook on infectious disease epidemiology and co-edited another.
Aftab Jasir - ECDC/EUPHEMAftab is an associate professor, working as head of the European Public Health Microbiology training programme (EUPHEM) at ECDC. In addition to many years professional work as a university teacher and coordinating European projects, Aftab has worked in many public health bodies/organisations (including Lund University hospital, Sweden; HPA, UK and CDC, US). Her specialisations include healthcare-associated infections and antibiotic resistance, monitoring and evaluating QA/QC systems, molecular typing, and vaccine and antimicrobial drug development. Aftab is a member of many scientific societies and international advisory boards.
Panayotis T. Tassios – University of Athens, Greece
Panayotis is Associate
Professor in Molecular Microbiology at the National & Kapodistrian
University of Athens, Greece. His research focuses on the molecular typing of
bacterial strains –from both healthcare-associated and community-onset
infections– and their antimicrobial drug resistance mechanisms, to assist
epidemiological investigations and infection control. He is also active in
lifelong teaching, on his scientific interests as well as on scientific
writing, aided by his experience as Associate Editor of Eurosurveillance and
Clinical Microbiology and Infection.
Thea Kølsen Fischer – SSI, DenmarkThea is a public health virologist heading the Virology Surveillance and Research Unit at the Statens Serum Institut (SSI) and a Professor in Global Health and Infectious Diseases. Thea’s research has focused on global high-incidence viruses such as influenza, EVs and rotavirus combining epidemiology, molecular profiling and vaccinology. She specialised in epidemiology and laboratory outbreak management as an EIS Officer at CDC (2003-2005). Thea is a member of the ECDC National
Microbiology Focal Points forum.
Fehminaz Temel - MoH, PHI, TurkeyFehminaz is a medical doctor, epidemiologist and public health specialist, working as head of Field Epidemiology Unit and Director of Turkey Field Epidemiology Training Programme in the Public Health Institution of Turkey. She is a member of TEPHINET (Training Programs in
Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network) Europe.
Denis Coulombier- ECDCDenis is a medical doctor and specialist in tropical diseases and public health. He has an extensive international experience worldwide, including preparing for large sporting events in the field of communicable disease and response, acquired as a surveillance manager in 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, as a coordinator of public health surveillance and response in the 1998 FIFA world cup in France and as a WHO advisor for public health surveillance in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. He joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in 1991 and subsequently worked in the Epidemiology Programme Office of the CDC in health. In 2000, Dr Coulombier was seconded to the World Health Organization to lead the team in charge of epidemiology capacity strengthening. Since the start-up of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in May 2005 and until March 2011, Dr Coulombier was the head of unit for preparedness and response and since April 2011 he has been the head of unit for Surveillance and Response Support.
Fortunato (Paolo) D’Ancona – ISS, ItalyPaolo is a medical doctor and communicable disease epidemiologist at the National Centre for Epidemiology, Surveillance and Health Promotion at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italy. Among several activities, he leads the Italian network on the surveillance of antimicrobial resistance, and is project leader for the VENICE III project that support vaccine programmes in the EU. Paolo is also a training site supervisor for the EPIET programme at Istituto Superiore di Sanità, and is Chair of the EPIET Training Site Forum (ETSF).
Osamah Hamouda - Robert Koch Institute , GermanyOsamah 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 since 2003 and head of the HIV/AIDS, STI and Bloodborne Infections Unit since 1995, responsible for HIV/AIDS, STI and blood donor surveillance in Germany. He studied medicine at the Free University Berlin and completed his post-graduate 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.
Marion Muehlen - ECDC
Marion currently heads the EPIET programme in the Public Health Training section. 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 completing EPIET, 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 as coordinator based at the Robert Koch Institute, Germany, and later as coordinator at PHE (former HPA) 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.