From the Editorial Office: EpiNorth project in 2010

  Published: 17.02.11 Updated: 17.02.2011 17:16:26

 Dear colleagues,

The EpiNorth team would like to thank you for  your contributions to the project and the journal during 2010.  We are especially grateful to our authors, reviewers and contact persons at the public health institutes in the EpiNorth region.

2010 was an eventful year: the Editorial group meeting in Stockholm; the Annual EpiNorth meeting in Kristiansand, Norway; and the EpiTrain VI courses in Tallinn, Estonia.

The Annual EpiNorth meeting was the result of combining two meetings that were previously held separately: the Regional Epidemiologists’ Meeting and the Editorial Board Meeting.  The Editorial Office organized these meetings consecutively at the same place. In order to make it easier and more transparent, it was decided to combine the meetings under one name.  The Annual EpiNorth meeting in Kristiansand was dedicated to the topic of pandemic influenza. Specialists from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus and the Northwestern part of Russia (including Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being) shared their experiences and discussed national pandemic influenza strategies. There also were presentations by leading epidemiologists from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and the WHO Regional Office for Europe.  Later, members of the Editorial Board discussed the perspectives of the EpiNorth project and signed the EpiNorth Collaboration Agreement. The next Annual EpiNorth Meeting is currently under planning and will be held in 2011.

The EpiNorth Journal published 12 articles on different epidemiological topics: HIV/AIDS, meningococcal infection, hepatitides and influenza.  Epidemiologists involved in the EpiNorth network including Oleg V.Parkov, Markku Kuusi, Jurjis Perevoscikovs and Tatiana P. Grunicheva were introduced in the Specialists’ Profile Series. We hope that these interviews provide a larger picture of the field of epidemiology to younger specialists, bring the specialists closer to our readers and inspire! Furthermore, we published 9 abstracts from the Annual EpiNorth Meeting that were short summaries of presentations given by leading specialists describing influenza (H1N1) 2009 and influenza-like diseases in their countries and from an international perspective.

The EpiNorth team organized and conducted the EpiTrain VI courses that were held in Tallinn, Estonia in December 2010. Surveillance of hospital-acquired infections and scientific communication were the main topics of the courses. Our readers expressed a great interest in these courses and the EpiNorth Office had to select only 38 participants, the highest number ever in the history of EpiTrain. The hospital-acquired infections topic was suggested during the previous course in Vilnius and reflects the increasing focus on antibiotic awareness in recent years.  The courses were funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services, the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme run by the Nordic Council of Ministers, and collaborating public health institutes.  EpiTrain organizers invited highly qualified specialists from national public health institutes, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET) to facilitate, hold presentations and participate in the course.

In 2010 EpiNorth successfully completed all planned activities.  The sustainability of the project depends on many factors, including financial. Therefore, EpiNorth Office would like to thank the funding organizations: the Ministry of Health and Care Services of Norway, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the Nordic-Baltic Programme run by the Nordic Council of Ministers, and all participating national public health institutes!

The EpiNorth Office wishes everyone health and well-being in 2011!