Epidemiology of Emerging Diseases

  HEADDr FONTANET Arnaud / fontanet@pasteur.fr
  MEMBERSDr BARIL Laurence / Dr GARENNE Michel / LECLERC Pauline / Dr MADEC Yoann
PAEZ Adela / TAYLOR Sylvia / VRAY Muriel

  Annual Report

The Institut Pasteur is internationally known for its excellence in the study of infectious diseases. While most fields of microbiological research have been represented for many years on the campus in Paris, expertise in the area of infectious diseases epidemiology has been lacking until very recently. To fill this gap, the Emerging Diseases Epidemiology Unit was founded on July 1st, 2001. Its mandate was to develop its own research agenda in the field of infectious diseases epidemiology, and to provide expertise in epidemiology and biostatistics to other laboratories.

Based on the potential for collaborations with the international network of Institut Pasteur, and on our past experience in international health, we decided to focus on the epidemiology of infectious and tropical diseases in resource-limited countries

Each researcher has its own field of expertise: Arnaud Fontanet in analytical epidemiology (cohort and case-control studies), Laurence Baril in clinical research and vaccinology, Muriel Vray in the methodology of clinical trials, and Michel Garenne in demography and mathematical modeling.

All projects deal with the epidemiology of viral diseases in resource-limited countries. One common research area is HIV/AIDS. Other research areas include hepatitis C in Egypt, hepatitis B in Senegal, SARS in China, and dengue in Asia and Latin America (see websites and Figure). Emphasis has been put in clinical research, i.e., cohort studies and clinical trials on subjects infected with a pathogen. In addition, two staff members, Yoann Madec (biostatistician) and Loïc Chartier (data manager), provide transversal support to all projects of the unit.

We also provide expertise in the area of epidemiology and biostatistics to other research units of the institute and organize epidemiology and biostatistics courses. In this context, special effort has been dedicated to the preparation of epidemiology and biostatistics curricula for the Pasteur School of Infectiology and for the new Pasteur/CNAM School of Public Health (see websites below).

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EC projects coordinated by the unit:



Epidemiology and biostatistics training:


Pasteur/CNAM School of Public Health:




Publications 2006 of the unit on Pasteur's references database

Activity Reports 2006 - Institut Pasteur
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