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The editorial team is based in Stockholm, and supported by a board of 17 Associate editors and currently 39 country advisors. The Associate editors consist of internationally renowned and active experts in the fields of public health and clinical medicine with expertise in infectious diseases, laboratory research and diagnostics and mathematical modelling. Our editorial advisors serve as contacts in the 28 Member States as well as Norway and the EU candidate and potential candidate countries, and help us maintain close ties to our authors and reviewers. The editorial board meets in person once a year but also provides ongoing advice through our extranet. Board members serve for a period of three years which can be extended.

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Dr Ines Steffens MD, MPH and DTM&PH

Senior editor
Kathrin Hagmaier, PhD

Scientific editors
Karen Wilson, PhD
Williamina Wilson, DPhil

Assistant editors
Alina Buzdugan, BA
Ingela Rumenius, BEc, MA
Cecilia Silfverling

Sedki Alimam, Dragos Platon

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Andrea Ammon, Stockholm, Sweden (resting associate editorship during tenure as acting Director of ECDC)

Tommi Asikainen, Frankfurt, Germany

Magnus Boman, Stockholm, Sweden

Mike Catchpole, Stockholm, Sweden

Denis Coulombier, Stockholm, Sweden

Natasha Crowcroft, Toronto, Canada

Christian Drosten, Bonn , Germany

Karl Ekdahl, Stockholm, Sweden

Johan Giesecke, Stockholm, Sweden

David Heymann, London, United Kingdom

Heath Kelly, Melbourne, Australia

Irena Klavs, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Karl Kristinsson, Reykjavik, Iceland

Daniel Lévy-Bruhl, Paris, France

Jacob Moran-Gilad, Beer-Sheva, Israel

Panayotis T. Tassios, Athens, Greece

Hélène Therre, Paris, France

Henriette de Valk, Paris, France

Sylvie van der Werf, Paris, France



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Germany: Jamela Seedat, Berlin

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Hungary: Ágnes Hajdu

Iceland: Thorolfur Gudnason

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Italy: Paola De Castro, Rome

Kosovo under UN Security Council Resolution 1244: Lul Raka, Pristina

Latvia: Dzintars Mozgis

Lithuania: Milda Zygutiene, Vilnius

Luxembourg: Thérèse Staub, Luxembourg

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Aziz Pollozhani

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Norway: Kathrine Borgen

Poland: Malgorzata Sadkowska-Todys, Warsaw

Portugal: Paulo Jorge Nogueira, Lisbon

Romania: Daniela Pitigoi, Bucharest

Serbia: Mijomir Pelemis

Slovakia: Lukáš Murajda, Martin

Slovenia: Maja Sočan

Spain: Elena Rodríguez Valín, Madrid

Sweden: Anders Wallensten

Turkey: Fehminaz Temel, Ankara

United Kingdom: Norman MacDonald, Glasgow

World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe: Robb Butler

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