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I am a DVM and a PhD in Epidemiology. I am a senior reseracher at the Epidemiology and Risk Modelling Group and the Division of Epidemiology and Microbial Genomics.



My main research is the epidemiology and control of foodborne diseases.  I have focused on developing methods for attributing the burden of foodborne diseases to the responsible sources, on surveillance of foodborne hazards, and on microbial risk assessment. I have developed source attribution methods for Denmark, and developed or assisted the development of methods for other European and non-European countries. Currently, I lead the Danish initiative to estimate the burden of food-associated diseases in Denmark (FoodBurden). I am a member of the WHO’s initiative to estimate the global burden of foodborne diseases (Foodborne Disease Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG)) and of the Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN), and have been involved in other international projects, namely the EU’s network of excellence Med Vet Net, and EFSA working groups.


Other information


Research stay at the Nutritional Research Institute in Lima, Peru: Estimating the regional and global incidence and mortality of diarrheal diseases caused by 11 foodborne hazards (July 2013).


Research stay at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Enteric Disease Epidemiology Branch, Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, Georgia: Attribution of human salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis in European countries using data from outbreak investigations (January to June 2008).


Research stay at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Laboratory of Zoonoses and Environmental Microbiology Bilthoven, The Netherlands: Attribution of human salomonellosis by comparative exposure assessment (February  to April 2007).


Internship in Microbiological Risk assessment: Relative risk of Shigatoxin- producing E. coli in imported and domestic fresh meat, Swiss Federal Veterinary Office (1st of June to 30th  of July).

Internship in Microbiological Risk Assessment: Risk Assessment for Verocytotoxin-ProducingEscherichia coli (VTEC) in humans in Denmark, Danish Meat and bacon Council, Copenhagen (1st of February to 4th of March).


Internship in Toxicological Risk Assessment: Mercury in fish: assessment of the risk for a group of Portuguese consumers; development of stochastic and deterministic models, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Lisbon, Technical University of Lisbon (1st of October to 31st of January).

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Research areas

Burden of disease studies.

Source attribution studies of foodborne diseases.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

Senior researcher, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark

2014 → …

Researcher, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark


Research assistant, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Lisbon



  • User defined:
  • Burden of Disease
  • Food safety
  • Source attribution
  • Risk assessment
  • Salmonella
  • Foodborne zoonoses


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  • Animal sources of antimicrobial-resistant bacterial infections in humans: a systematic review

    Fastl, C., De Carvalho Ferreira, H. C., Babo Martins, S., Sucena Afonso, J., di Bari, C., Venkateswaran, N., Pires, S. M., Mughini-Gras, L., Huntington, B., Rushton, J., Pigott, D. & Devleesschauwer, B., 2023, In: Epidemiology and Infection. 151, 13 p., e143.

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  • A proposal for further developing fatigue-related post COVID-19 health states for burden of disease studies

    Wyper, G. M. A., McDonald, S. A., Haagsma, J. A., Devleesschauwer, B., Charalampous, P., Maini, R., Smith, P. & Pires, S. M., 2023, In: Archives of Public Health. 81, 1, 4 p., 193.

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  • Assessing the burden due to non-communicable diseases and injuries: collation of data input sources

    Charalampous, P., Pallari, E., Gorasso, V., von der Lippe, E., Pires, S. M., Plass, D., Wyper, G. M. A., Majdan, M., Devleesschauwer, B. & Haagsma, J. A., 2023, In: Archives of Public Health. 81, SUPPL 1, 1 p., A1.

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  • Burden of disease attributable to risk factors in European countries: a scoping literature review

    Gorasso, V., Morgado, J. N., Charalampous, P., Pires, S. M., Haagsma, J. A., Santos, J. V., Idavain, J., Ngwa, C. H., Noguer, I., Padron-Monedero, A., Sarmiento, R., Pinheiro, V., Von der Lippe, E., Jakobsen, L. S., Devleesschauwer, B., Plass, D. & The COST Action CA18218, 2023, In: Archives of Public Health. 81, 11 p., 116.

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  • Burden of infectious disease studies in Europe and the United Kingdom: a review of methodological design choices

    Charalampous, P., Haagsma, J. A., Jakobsen, L. S., Gorasso, V., Noguer, I., Padron-Monedero, A., Sarmiento, R., Santos, J. V., McDonald, S. A., Plass, D., Wyper, G. M. A., Assunção, R., Von Der Lippe, E., Ádám, B., Alkerwi, A., Arabloo, J., Baltazar, A. L., Bikbov, B., Borrell-Pages, M., Brus, I., & 72 othersBurazeri, G., Chaintoutis, S. C., Chen-Xu, J., Chkhaberidze, N., Cilovic-Lagarija, S., Corso, B., Cuschieri, S., Di Bari, C., Dopelt, K., Economou, M., Emeto, T. I., Fantke, P., Fischer, F., Freitas, A., García-González, J. M., Gazzelloni, F., Gissler, M., Gkitakou, A., Gulmez, H., Gunes, S., Haller, S., Haneef, R., Hincapié, C. A., Hynds, P., Idavain, J., Ilic, M., Ilic, I., Isola, G., Kabir, Z., Kamusheva, M., Kolkhir, P., Konar, N. M., Kostoulas, P., Kulimbet, M., La Vecchia, C., Lauriola, P., Levi, M., Majer, M., Mechili, E. A., Monasta, L., Mondello, S., Muñoz Laguna, J., Nena, E., Ng, E. S. W., Nguewa, P., Niranjan, V., Nola, I. A., O'Caoimh, R., Obradović, M., Pallari, E., Peyroteo, M., Pinheiro, V., Pranjic, N., Reina Ortiz, M., Riva, S., Santoso, C. M. A., Santric Milicevic, M., Schmitt, T., Speybroeck, N., Sprügel, M., Steiropoulos, P., Stevanovic, A., Thygesen, L. C., Tozija, F., Unim, B., Bektaş Uysal, H., Varga, O., Vasic, M., Vieira, R. J., Yigit, V., Devleesschauwer, B. & Pires, S. M., 2023, In: Epidemiology and Infection. 151, 10 p., e19.

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