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 Section Editors for this issue.
Roderick J. Hay
Professor Hay was born in Cobham, Surrey, grew up in Devon, and now lives in Shipton under Wychwood, Oxfordshire, UK. He was educated at Oxford University and Guys Hospital Medical School, and has been a lecturer and 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, USA.
Professor Hay is currently Chairman of the International Foundation of Dermatology, London, and Visiting Professor in Tropical and Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a former head of the School of Medicine and Dentistry and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Queens University Belfast, and was emeritus professor of dermatology. Professor Hay was president of the British Association of Dermatologists from 2001 to 2002, the British Society for Medical Mycology form 1997 to 2002, and the European Confederation of Medical Mycology from 1998 to 2002.
Professor Hay serves on a number of boards including: the Eastern Health and Social Services Board and the International Committee of Dermatology; he has authored over 500 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 studies of the virulence factors of pathogenic fungi and molecular diagnosis as well as health systems research in tropical skin disease.
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, USA. 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, and 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. In addition, Dr Niederman served as a member of the IDSA/ATS committee that wrote the 2007 community-acquired pneumonia guidelines.