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Birgitte Helwigh

PhD, MSc

  • Kemitorvet, 201, 015

    2800 Kgs. Lyngby

    Denmark

19952020

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I am involved in integrated surveillance of zoonoses in Denmark and have been editor of the Annual Report of Zoonoses in Denmark since 2004. I am reporting officer on zoonoses to EFSA and the Danish representative in the Scientific Network for Zoonoses Monitoring Data (since 2008).

I am EFSA's focal point in Denmark

From 2005, I have been part of the group (from 2005-2010 EFSA Zoonoses Collaborating Centre) assisting EFSA in the preparation of the European Union Summary Report on Zoonoses, Zoonotic agents and Foodborne Outbreaks. For several years I have been the project leader incl. 2015. 

I am the project leader for SANCO courses about investigation of food-borne outbreaks (2013-2016), and have been responsible for a range of courses about integrated surveillance under the topic ‘better training for safer food’ as well as participated in EU workshops as a Danish TAIEX expert.

Presently I am project manager for a EFSA pilot project concerning implementation of electronic transmission of national microbiological data, antimicrobial resistance and food-borne outbreak data to EFSA.

 

Research areas

Working with integrated surveillance of zoonoses in Denmark; responsible for the collection, analysing and presenting of data from Stable-to-Table, editor of the Annual Report of Zoonoses in Denmark since 2004. National reporting officer on zoonoses to European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) and the Danish representative in the task force on Zoonoses data collection in EFSA. Since 2005, part of in the zoonoses collaborating centre (ZCC) for EFSA, contributing with validation and analysing of data, writing of pathogen chapters, as well as carrying editorial work. In 2008-2009, I was leader of ZCC Participate in teaching activities in SCANCO courses about integrated surveillance under the topic ‘better training for safer food’ as well as EU workshops as a Danish TAIEX expert.

Education/Academic qualification

Veterinary Epidemiologi, Part 1&2, Nova University, Ph.D. course

20072008

Project leader course, National Veterinary and Food Administration

… → 2006

Introduction to SAS Enterprise Guide 3.0

… → 2005

Ph.D., Veterinary Parasitology, The Danish Centre for Experimental Parasitology, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark

… → 1998

M.Sc. Biology, Institute for Population biology, Copenhagen University, Denmark

… → 1994

B.Sc. courses, Institute for Ecology, University of New South Wales, Australia

… → 1988

External positions

Senior Scientific Officer, The Danish Zoonoses Centre

2007 → …

Research assistant, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark

20052007

Research assistant, Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research.

20042005

Research assistant, Danish Veterinary Institute

20032004

Ph.D. student, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark.

19941998

Project assistant, Thammasat University, Thailand

… → 2003

Research assistant, Kristianstad University, Sweden

… → 2002

Scientific assistant, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark

… → 1998

Scientific assistant, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark.

… → 1993

Research assistant, Copenhagen University, Denmark

Keywords

  • User defined:
  • BTSF (Training for Safer Food)
  • Project Management
  • EU Zoonoses report
  • Surveillance programmes
  • EFSA Focal Point
  • EFSA (European Food Safety Authority)
  • Zoonosis epidemiology

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