Paul McKeown

Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Ireland

I am a Consultant in Public Health Medicine and Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology and Public Health working in Ireland, having qualified in 1984. I have a background in Emergency Medicine and tuberculosis and worked as a General Practitioner in the UK for six years. I trained in General Public Health Medicine in Ireland. In 2001, was appointed to a specialist Infectious Diseases Public Health post to work in the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), Ireland's specialist agency for the surveillance of communicable diseases. In August 2001, I was appointed Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology and Public Health in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. I deliver the section of the undergraduate course on disaster management, environmental health and the epidemiology of infectious disease and immunisation. I chair a number of Irish National Committees on gastrozoonotic and vectorborne pathogens and I am a member of number of ECDC Committees on gastrozoonotic and vectorborne diseases. I am a trainer for post-graduate public health physicians and I am an EPIET trainer (EPIET - the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training) provides training and practical experience in intervention epidemiology at the national centres for surveillance and control of communicable diseases in the EU. In addition to peer-reviewed publications, I have published a number of book chapters on the public health management of gastrozoonotic diseases. I have authored Irish national guidelines on most of the major gastrozoonotic and vectorborne pathogens. My areas of research/interest include: • Transmission/carriage of VTEC infection • Transmission pathways of noroviral infection • Management/control of Cryptosporidiosis • Management/control of Lyme borreliosis • Disease transmission in childcare facilities • Carriage/pathogenicity factors of VTEC • Health and Social Inequalities

Biography Updated on 1 April 2012

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