Scientific Committee

The ESCAIDE Scientific Committee is appointed by the ECDC Director and operates according to the terms of reference

Mike Catchpole

Chief Scientist at ECDC, Chair of ESCAIDE Scientific Committee, ECDC
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Mike is the Chief Scientist at ECDC. As Head of the Scientific Methods and Standards Unit, 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 national and international levels and was chair of the EPIET Steering Committee for six years, prior to the oversight passing to ECDC. His main research interests have been in the fields of sexual health, major incident and disaster response, and medical information systems.

Amrish Baidjoe

Scientific Adviser on Humanitarian Emergencies, ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross)

Amrish is a scientific adviser on humanitarian emergencies at ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) in Geneva, Switzerland. He also holds an honorary assistant Professorship at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine at the department of infectious disease epidemiology where he bridges operational field questions with academic methodologies.  He currently is still actively participating in international assignments in humanitarian emergencies and outbreaks. Having a background in both microbiology and field-epidemiology he undertook his EUPHEM training in 2015 at Institut Pasteur in Paris, France where he was part of the outbreak investigation task force. He obtained his PhD. at the Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands in close collaboration with partners at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK the Kenyan Medical Research Institute and CDC. Here he looked at patterns of heterogeneity of malaria in an area of Kenya in a large multi-partner project, strongly focusing on involvement of local communities. Before that he worked on fundamental influenza research and completed his MSc. and BSc. degree in biology of infectious diseases at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He has been the elected president of the board of the EPIET Alumni Network (EAN) since November 2017.

Bojana Beović

Specialist in & Professor of infectious diseases, Faculty of Medicine, University Medical Centre Ljubljana & University of Ljubljana Slovenia

Bojana is a specialist in infectious diseases at the University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia and a professor of infectious diseases at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana. She is the chair of the Slovenian Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and the vice-chair of the National Intersectoral Coordinating Mechanism for Prudent Use of Antimicrobials at the Ministry of Health in Slovenia. She is the chair of ESCMID Study Group for Antimicrobial Stewardship (ESGAP). In the hospital Bojana leads the antimicrobial stewardship programme. She is involved in antimicrobial stewardship education on the national and international level. In the research area she is focused on antimicrobial stewardship and hospital-acquired infections.

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Technical Lead, Health Emergency Program, High Threat Pathogens Unit, World Health Organization (WHO)

Maria Van Kerkhove, PhD is an infectious disease epidemiologist who specialises in outbreaks of emerging and re-emerging pathogens. Dr Van Kerkhove is from the United States and completed her undergraduate degree at Cornell University, a MS Degree at Stanford University, and a PhD in infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr Van Kerkhove is currently the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Technical Lead in the World Health Organization’s Health Emergency Program, in the High Threat Pathogens Unit. Dr Van Kerkhove regularly participates in Missions to affected member states, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar and the Republic of Korea. Prior to WHO, she was the Head of the Outbreak Investigation Task Force at Institut Pasteur’s Center for Global Health where she was responsible for establishing public health rapid response teams for infectious disease outbreaks. Dr Van Kerkhove was previously employed by Imperial College London in the MRC Center for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling where she worked closely with WHO on influenza, yellow fever, meningitis, MERS-CoV and Ebola Virus Disease. 

Frode Forland

Specialist Director, Infectious Diseases and Global Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Frode Forland is the Director of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. He initiated and led the ‘Global Health Preparedness Program’ under the ‘Global Health Security Agenda’, supporting Malawi, Palestine, Moldova and Ghana in building capacity for health security and implementing the International Health Regulations. He has worked at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam to establish the ‘Collaboration for Evidence Based Healthcare in Africa’ and at the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control in Stockholm with Development of methods for Evidence Based Public Health in Europe. Previously he was the Director of the Division for Primary Health Care at the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the Department for Guidelines, Prioritization and Quality improvement. He has worked several years in Africa and was a Board Member of Guidelines International Network for four years. He is the Vice Chair of the Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research. Frode has a keen interest in Global Health, Public Health and Evidence Based Healthcare. By profession, he is a Medical Doctor with specialty degrees in General Practice and Public Health.

Susan Hahne

Head of Department, Early Warning and Surveillance, at the Centre for Epidemiology and Surveillance of infectious diseases, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

Susan heads the department for Early Warning and Surveillance, at the Centre for Epidemiology and Surveillance of infectious diseases at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands. In addition, she is host-site supervisor for EPIET-fellows at RIVM. Susan trained as a health scientist and medical doctor in the Netherlands, and was an EPIET fellow in Wales, United Kingdom. She completed public health specialisation at the Faculty of Public Health in the United Kingdom, and a PhD on hepatitis B at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Susan’s research interests include methods for early warning, surveillance and the epidemiological evaluation of vaccination programmes.

Frantiska Hruba

Scientific Coordinator of the EPIET/EUPHEM Fellowship Programme, ECDC

Frantiska is the Scientific Coordinator of the EPIET/EUPHEM Fellowship Programme at ECDC since June 2017. Within ECDC, she was group leader and expert for general surveillance in the Epidemiological Method Section of the Surveillance and Response Support Unit (2010-2017), involved mainly in surveillance system assessments and use of novel methods for surveillance outputs as ECDC Surveillance Atlas. Before that she worked in public health institutes in the Slovak Republic (1989-2010) as an expert in national surveillance system, a researcher in international and national epidemiological studies, and later also as a senior advisor to the Chief Hygienist and a member the Ministry of Health Committee on eHealth. She holds a PhD in public health on use of GIS and spatial analysis in assessment of risk of diseases from the Trnava University and a Doctor of natural sciences degree from the Comenius University in Bratislava.

Bruno Coignard

Director, Infectious Diseases Division, Santé publique France

Medical epidemiologist specialised in the epidemiology of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR), I work at Santé publique France (the French National Public Health Agency) in Paris, France since 2001. I first was involved in international activities (2001-2002) of our agency, then developed and coordinated from 2002 to 2013 HAI and AMR early warning and surveillance activities through the national Healthcare-Associated Infections Early Warning, Investigation and Surveillance Network (Raisin). I previously was trained as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer (EIS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, Atlanta, USA), Hospital Infections Program (1999-2001). My areas of work include the development, implementation and assessment of surveillance systems; early warning and outbreak investigation; management of collaborative surveillance programs; linkage with multiple partners at regional, national, European and international level; scientific expertise in relevant national and European bodies, including ECDC. From 2013 to 2016, I was Deputy Director of the Infectious Diseases Division of Santé publique France, particularly in charge of coordinating, at division level, alert and investigation activities (Chikungunya, Ebola, etc.), European/international affairs and our National Reference Laboratory (NRL) network. I now am Director of the Infectious Diseases Division at Santé publique France. I have authored/co-authored >90 publications in national/international peer-reviewed journals, >40 publications in the French Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin and 9 book chapters in the field of infectious diseases surveillance.

Vicky Lefevre

Head of Unit, Public Health Functions Unit, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Vicky Lefevre joined the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in April 2018, as Acting Head of Unit for Surveillance and Response Support. Since January 2020, she has taken up the position of Acting Head of the Public Health Functions Unit and as of 1 June 2020, Vicky has been appointed the Head of Unit Public Health Functions at ECDC. She is a veterinarian by training and started her career as policy officer with the Belgian Food Safety Agency in 2003, where she was responsible for the implementation of European and national legislation in the area of food safety. Since then, she has been professionally involved in food safety and public health from different angles. Between 2009 and 2012, she was a research programme officer with the European Commission, DG Research, responsible for the management of EU funded research projects in the area of public health, food safety and quality. In 2012, she returned to the Belgian Food Safety Agency as Director responsible for Control Policy in the area of Food Safety. She became the Director General responsible for Control Policy in the area of Plant Health, Animal Health and Food Safety in that same Agency in 2015.

Magdalena Rosińska

National Institute of Public Health-National Institute of Hygiene (NIPH-NIH)

Dr Magdalena Rosińska, professor of the National Institute of Public Health – National Institute of Hygiene (NIPH-NIH). She works for the Institute since 2002. In her role as a researcher and public health specialist, she has been studying epidemiology of blood-born and sexually transmitted infections, particularly HIV and HCV. She authored over 100 scientific publications in this field. She firstly graduated as Medical Doctor (2000) at the Medical University of Warsaw, then obtained a Master of Science in Biostatistics (2002) at the State University of New York at Albany, USA and a Master of Science in Mathematics (2003), at the University of Warsaw. She obtained her PhD in HIV epidemiology in 2008 and her Public Health Specialist Diploma in 2015 in the National Institute of Public in Warsaw.