Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases was launched in 1988. It is part of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of infectious diseases is divided into 12 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Journal's Section Editors for this issue.
Roderick James Hay
Professor Hay was born in Cobham, Surrey, grew up in Devon, and now lives in Helen's Bay, Co Down, N Ireland. He was educated at Oxford University and Guy's Hospital Medical School, and has been a Lecturer/Senior Registrar at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and at the St Johns Hospital for Diseases of the Skin. He has also been a Research Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta. Professor Hay is currently Head of the School of Medicine and Dentistry and a former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Queens University Belfast. He is also Professor of Dermatology at Queens University, Visiting Professor in Tropical and Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Chairman of the International Foundation of Dermatology. Professor Hay was President of the British Association of Dermatologists in 2001–2002, the British Society for Medical Mycology from 1997–2002, and the European Confederation of Medical Mycology from 1998–2002. He serves on a number of boards including: the Eastern Health and Social Services Board; the International Committee of Dermatology; the Northern Ireland Council for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education; the Joint Royal Colleges Committee on Infectious Diseases; and the Royal College of Physicians Examination Committee.
Professor Hay has authored over 400 scientific papers, books and reports on medical mycology and tropical dermatology, focusing on antifungal chemotherapy, cellular immunology and epidemiology. His present areas of research include a study of the antigenic and molecular structure of dimorphic fungi such as Penicillium marneffei, Histoplasma capsulatum and Paracoccidioides brasiliensis, an investigation of cellular immunity in dermatophytosis, and a study of virulence factors in Cryptococcus neoformans and Aspergillus fumigatus.
Michael S. Niederman
Michael Niederman is Professor and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, New York. He obtained his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, and then completed his training in internal medicine at Northwestern University School of Medicine, before undertaking a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine.
His interests lie in respiratory tract infections. These include mechanisms of airway colonization, the management of community- and hospital-acquired pneumonia, and the impact of antibiotic resistance on the management and outcomes of respiratory tract infections. Dr Niederman served as co-chairman of the committees that created the American Thoracic Society 1993 and 2001 guidelines for the treatment of community-acquired pneumonia, and the 1996 and 2005 committees that wrote guidelines for the treatment of nosocomial pneumonia. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Pulmonary Medicine, and has served on the editorial boards of The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Chest.