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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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Andrea Ammon – ECDC
Andrea is the Acting Director of ECDC. Prior to joining ECDC, Andrea served in several roles at the Robert Koch-Institute, in Berlin, Germany, most recently as Head of Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology. She has published over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles related to her work.

 

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Johan Giesecke – Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Johan 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.

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Aileen Kitching – President of the EPIET Alumni Network (EAN)

 

Aileen is a specialist in Public Health Medicine in the Department of Public Health (Cork/Kerry) of the Health Service Executive in Ireland, where her portfolio includes HIV/STIs, hepatitis B  and C, and health inequalities. After a background in clinical medicine (hospital & general practice in Ireland, Scotland and Australia; MSF in Liberia), she completed EPIET from 2007-2009 at the Health Protection Agency in London, and from 2009-2015 completed her specialisation in public health medicine, with a main interest in and experience of communicable disease control (surveillance and outbreak response), at local, regional and national level in the UK (at the Health Protection Agency/ Public Health England), as well as internationally. This included three months in the Outbreak Response Unit at NICD in South Africa in 2012; three months as Health Cluster Coordinator with WHO in the Philippines supporting the response to Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in 2014; and three months as part of the Ebola Response Team with WHO in Sierra Leone in 2015 (in a national role as WHO lead for contact tracing).

Aileen is the President of the EAN Board.

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Aftab Jasir - ECDC/EUPHEM
Aftab 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 health
care-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.

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Ines Steffens - ECDC

 

Ines is the Editor-in-Chief of Eurosurveillance journal. She joined ECDC in 2006 as Managing Editor for Eurosurveillance, and between 2007-2011 set up ECDC’s Scientific Communication Section. Before Joining ECDC, Ines was Editor-in-Chief for Germany’s national epidemiological and public health bulletin, the Epidemiologisches Bulletin at Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany. Ines is a trained internist, with broad clinical experience and expertise in infectious diseases. She holds a masters degree in public health, and has a special interest in communication-related issues.

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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.

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Thea Kølsen Fischer – SSI, Denmark
Thea 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.

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Fehminaz Temel - MoH, PHI, Turkey
Fehminaz 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​.

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Denis Coulombier- ECDC
Denis  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.

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Fortunato (Paolo) D’Ancona – ISS, Italy
Paolo 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).

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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 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.

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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. 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.

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