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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Patterson, Thomas F.; Read, Robert C.; Dockrell, David; Rogstad, Karen E.

Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases: February 2019 - Volume 32 - Issue 1 - p v–vi
doi: 10.1097/QCO.0000000000000521

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 11 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 Editors and Section Editors for this issue.

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Thomas F. Patterson

Dr Thomas F. Patterson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA and his Medical Doctorate from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He completed his internship and residency at Vanderbilt University Medical School, in Nashville, Tennessee and Yale-New Haven Hospital, and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA, where he also served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine.

Dr Patterson currently is a Professor of Medicine in Infectious Diseases and Chief of Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. He is also an Attending Physician at the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System, Audie Murphy Division, San Antonio and Director of the San Antonio Center for Medical Mycology.

He has extensive experience in opportunistic fungal infections. His clinical and research interests focus on the diagnosis and treatment of fungal diseases particularly in immunocompromised hosts. He has been involved in developing new antifungal drugs and in clinical trials of new antifungal compounds.

Dr Patterson has published and lectured extensively on fungal infections. He is a previous member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Subspecialty on Infectious Diseases and is co-Editor-in-Chief of the popular mycology website He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America. He is a Past-President of the Texas Infectious Disease Society and of the Immunocompromised Host Society.

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Robert C. Read

Professor Robert C. Read trained in Medicine at the University of Sheffield, UK, and completed his Doctorate Degree at Imperial College London, UK. He is Professor of Infectious Diseases and Honorary Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases at University Hospital Southampton, and heads the Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences at the University of Southampton Medical School, UK. Professor Read trained in Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine in various posts in Leeds, Bristol, London and Nottingham, at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, and at the Division of Infectious Diseases, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) at San Francisco General Hospital, USA. He was previously Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Sheffield. His research interests include the pathogenesis and prevention of rapidly lethal infections, notably meningococcal sepsis, influenza and pneumococcal disease.

Professor Read has had leadership roles in the UK National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research Network, the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, and the Infectious Disease Society of America. He is an appointed member of expert advisory groups for the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, the UK Department of Health and the European Medicines Agency. He is a full member of the UK Joint Committee for Vaccines and Immunisation (JCVI). He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Infection.

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David Dockrell

Prof. Dockrell is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. After initial medical training in Dublin he moved to the Mayo Clinic, USA where he completed general internal medicine and infectious disease training. During this period, he developed his subspecialty interests in HIV medicine and infections in immunocompromised hosts. His laboratory interests have focused on the role of macrophages in host defense and in the pathogenesis of HIV and bacterial infection. In particular, his laboratory has investigated the role of cell death programs in enhancing microbial killing, with a particular focus on pneumococcal disease and other respiratory infections, and on how viruses such as HIV can manipulate these responses. He has also worked as a clinical trialist particularly in HIV medicine and in vaccine studies.

Prof. Dockrell is a former Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow at the University of Sheffield, UK, and now leads the Shield consortium developing host-based therapies to combat antimicrobial resistance. Since 2016 he has been Chair of Infection Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has authored over 100 publications and book chapters. He has contributed to several national treatment guidelines and serves on a number of research panels and professional bodies.

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Karen E. Rogstad

Karen E. Rogstad is a Consultant in HIV and Sexual Health at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS foundation Trust and an Undergraduate Dean at the University of Sheffield Medical School, UK. She has a particular interest in young people with regards to HIV and HIV testing, sexual health, confidentiality and child sexual exploitation. She is a co-author of several guidelines including standards on young people, HIV testing, Standards for HIV services, Physical signs of Child Sexual Abuse and Reckless transmission of HIV. Her additional interests include Medical Leadership and Quality in healthcare systems. She was a member of a Government Taskforce on Violence against women and children and led a Government funded grant to develop a national proforma Spotting the Signs to assist in the detection of child sexual exploitation in sexual healthcare settings. She is Editor of the ABC of Sexually Transmitted Infections and module editor of e-HIV-STI, an online educational resource.

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