From the Editorial Office

  Published: 25.05.10 Updated: 25.05.2010 11:45:58

Plans and recent activities in the EpiNorth project

The Regional Epidemiologists’ Meeting and the Editorial Board Meeting will be combined from 2010 and held as the Annual EpiNorth Meeting. This new format will clarify and simplify the structure of the annual meetings within the framework of the EpiNorth project.

The 2010 Annual EpiNorth Meeting will take place 24-25 June in Kristiansand, Norway. It has become a tradition to hold the annual meetings in a EU/EEA country and a non-EU country every other year. Last year the meeting was held in Minsk, Belarus.

The main topics of the meeting will be pandemic influenza, international health regulations and vaccination. The meeting will provide an excellent opportunity for participants to discuss the current situation and share experiences after the 2009-2010 pandemic influenza  season. Representatives from collaborating public health institutes from all EpiNorth countries and regions are invited to the meeting. In addition representatives from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, WHO Regional Office for Europe, Eurosurveillance Journal, Norwegian regional health authorities, and the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being (Rospotrebnadzor), Moscow, Russian Federation have been invited.  The abstracts of all presentations will be published in the EpiNorth Journal and on the EpiNorth website.

The annual Editorial Group Meeting was organized in the middle of February in Stockholm, Sweden. Associate Editors and the EpiNorth Secretariat discussed work related to the EpiNorth Journal in 2009 and addressed plans for upcoming year. Pictures from the meeting can be seen on the last page of this issue.

The EpiNorth Secretariat has updated the project’s glossary EpiWords. We continue to enhance and improve the EpiWords glossary that now contains approximately 1500 terms and word combinations on many different topics within epidemiology, infectious diseases and public health. The glossary accumulates many medical, statistical, laboratory and epidemiological terms in Russian and English and is available free of charge. We encourage our readers to send comments and new terms for the glossary.


Call for papers

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite You or Your colleagues to submit research articles or reviews on infectious diseases, reports on surveillance issues in your country or region, case reports or rapid communications to be considered by peer-review for publication in the EpiNorth Journal.

EpiNorth Journal is aimed for audience interested in the surveillance and control of communicable diseases in Baltic States, Nordic countries, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus and Poland. It covers news on recent outbreaks mostly in the Northern European area, annual surveillance data, reports of public health policies, emerging infections, and other topics in the field of communicable disease epidemiology. Review articles, case reports and comments covering different aspects of infectious disease control and epidemiology are also published.

We are particularly interested this year in manuscripts on seasonal and pandemic influenza A(H1N1), zoonoses, and  sexually transmitted infections (STI).

Our publications are cited in different European networks (e.g. The European Public Health Association) as important source of information helping to bridge different schools of epidemiology in Western and Eastern Europe.

EpiNorth Journal is published four times a year in English and Russian online ( and in paper format. The journal in its paper format is distributed to 3,500 subscribers over Northern Europe and other countries.

It is possible to submit manuscripts to the Editorial Office ( both in English and Russian. Please refer to EpiNorth Journal’s home page for further submission information and guidelines for the authors (go to EpiNorth Journal  For authors).

We are looking forward to getting Your support in order to make EpiNorth Journal more interesting and useful for You.

Kuulo Kutsar       Inga Velicko
Editor-in-Chief     Managing Editor