Helle Korsgaard

Helle Korsgaard

Scientist

Mørkhøj Bygade 19, Building H, Room 1.20.2

2860 Søborg

Denmark

Phone: 35887082

Mobile: 40212017

Fax: 35887028

Zoonoses are infections and diseases that are transmissible from animals to humans. The infection can be acquired directly from animals, but mostly from contaminated foodstuffs. The severity of these diseases in humans varies from mild symptoms to life-threatening conditions. In order to prevent zoonoses from occurring, it is important to identify which animals and foodstuffs are the main sources of infections.

My research primarily focuses on human disease burden caused by food borne pathogens. Using different modelling techniques, I estimate numbers of human cases attributed to specific food sources, the associated cost to society including lost production (COI estimates) or total lost life-years adjusted for disability (DALY estimates). In addition, I also assist in qualitative risk assessment in relation to zoonoses in animal production systems, foods or humans.

A main responsibility is to give scientifically-based advice and prepare reports to veterinary and food authorities, farmers’ and consumers organisations, and international organisations such as EFSA and the EU Commission. I am editor of the annual report on antimicrobial resistance and consumption in Denmark (DANMAP), and have been project manager and author of several reports on zoonoses in EU. Member of EFSA Emerging Risks network.

 

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Education

1995 - 1999 PhD in Terrestrial Ecology - University of Copenhagen
1988 - 1995 MSc in Biology - University of Copenhagen

Academic grades

MSc

PhD

Professional experience

2007 - Scientist - DTU - National Food Institute, Division of Epidemology and Microbial Genomics, Danish Zoonosis Centre
1995 - 2000 Teaching assistant - University of Copenhagen, Institute of Zoology, Department of Terrestrial Ecology
1995 - 1999 Phd. Student - University of Copenhagen, Institute of Zoology, Department of Terrestrial Ecology
1999 - 2000 Post Doc - University of Copenhagen, Institute of Zoology, Department of Terrestrial Ecology
2001 - 2003 Scientist - Danish Veterinary Institute, Danish Zoonosis Centre
2004 - 2006 Scientist - Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research (formed by a merger of Danish Veterinary Institute and Danish Institute for Food Safety and Nutrition), Department of Epidemiology and Risk Assessment, Danish Zoonosis Centre

Languages

English, Danish

Expertise

My research primarily focuses on human disease burden caused by food borne pathogens. Using different modelling techniques, I estimate numbers of human cases attributed to specific food sources, the associated cost to society including lost production (COI estimates) or total lost life-years adjusted for disability (DALY estimates). In addition, I also assist in qualitative risk assessment and risk ranking in relation to zoonoses in animal production systems, foods or humans.

A main responsibility is to give scientifically-based advice and prepare reports to veterinary and food authorities, consumers organisations, and international organisations such as EFSA and the EU Commission. I am one of the editors of the annual report on antimicrobial resistance and consumption in Denmark (DANMAP), and have been project manager and /or author of several reports on zoonoses in EU.

International experience

Cooperation with EFSA, preparing the EU community summary report on Zoonosis and zoonotic agents (2004-2010). EFSA working group on Trends in Zoonotic Agents in Animals and Food (2008-2009). Expert working group for The EU Commission, DG SANCO concerning special guaranties for the Danish egg and broiler production (2007-2008). Met-Vet-Net working group (EU network of exellence) on estimating the zoonotic disease burden in the EU (2006-2009). Member of EFSA network on Emering Risks (2011-).

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  • Epidemiology and Infection

    ISSNs: 0950-2688, 09502688

    Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom

    FI (2012): 1, ISI indexed (2012): yes

    Central database

    Journal

  • Eurosurveillance (Online Edition)

    ISSNs: 1560-7917

    Centre Europeen pour la Surveillance Epidemiologique du SIDA, France

    FI (2012): 1, ISI indexed (2012): no

    Central database

    Journal

  • Preventive Veterinary Medicine

    ISSNs: 0167-5877, 01675877

    Elsevier BV, Netherlands

    FI (2012): 2, ISI indexed (2012): yes

    Central database

    Journal

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