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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Coyle, Christina; Kang, Gagandeep; Houpt, Eric R.; Faust, Saul N.

Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases: October 2019 - Volume 32 - Issue 5 - p vii–viii
doi: 10.1097/QCO.0000000000000588

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 Section Editors for this issue.

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Christina Coyle

Dr Christina Coyle is a Professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, USA. She has been practicing tropical medicine for 25 years and is recognized as an expert in the larval tapeworms neurocysticercosis and echinococcus. She has co-authored chapters and articles on these and many other tropical diseases and runs an active Tropical Medicine Clinic in the Bronx in New York City.

Since 2007, she has been a site director for GeoSentinel, the global surveillance network of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) and CDC. She also served on the panel to develop the IDSA and ASTMH panel on guidelines for neurocysticercosis. In addition, she is a passionate educator and lectures extensively on tropical medicine.

Since her faculty appointment at the Albert Einstein College in 1995, Dr Coyle has served many roles in medical education and received almost every teaching award at the Einstein College of Medicine.

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Gagandeep Kang

Professor Kang is at the Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory at the Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore, India. Over the past two decades, she has built a research program that has conducted key studies to understand enteric infectious diseases in impoverished communities.

She has published over 300 papers and is on several review committees for national and international research funding agencies. She is a member of the WHO's Product Development Vaccine Advisory Committee and chairs the Immunization Technical Advisory Group for the WHO's South East Asian Region. She serves on the scientific advisory committee of several national and international organizations

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Eric R. Houpt

Dr Eric R. Houpt, MD, is the Jack Gwaltney Professor and Chief of Infectious Diseases at the University of Virginia, USA. He and his group leads studies on the burden of infectious diseases, drug resistance, and emerging infections worldwide, with a focus on molecular diagnostics and enteric infections. He previously trained at Emory and the University of Chicago, USA, and worked at the Kilimanjaro Medical Centre in Tanzania. He has been at University of Virginia since 1999. He was awarded the Bailey Ashford Medal by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and the Oswald Award for Mid-Career Achievement by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Association of Physicians, the CDC Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis.

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Saul N. Faust

Dr Saul N. Faust, MA, MBBS, FRCPCH, PhD, FHEA, is Professor of Paediatric Immunology & Infectious Diseases at the University of Southampton, UK, Director of the Southampton NIHR Clinical Research Facility and Associate Medical Director for R&D at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

He earned his MBBS at the University of Cambridge, UK, and then University College London, UK, his MRCP in paediatrics at the Royal College of Physicians, London, UK, and then completed a PhD in medicine at Imperial College, London. UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Dr Faust is a clinical researcher with projects bridging the clinical-laboratory interface, developing local and national collaborative clinical trials in paediatric infectious diseases, and conducting paediatric and adult vaccine trials. He is clinical academic lead and co-investigator to the University of Southampton-hosted BBSRC-Innovate UK National Biofilm Innovation Centre

Dr Faust chaired the UK NICE Guideline Committees for sepsis in children and adults (2016) and for Lyme Disease (2018). He is a member of the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Programme Commissioning Board, and is the national paediatric immunology and infectious diseases representative to the NHS England Paediatric Medicine Clinical Reference Group for national specialist commissioning.

He has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles, as well as contributing eight book chapters to a variety of texts including Manual of Childhood Infections, Life-Threatening Dermatoses and Emergencies in Dermatology, Illustrated Textbook of Paediatrics, and Harper's Textbook of Paediatric Dermatology.

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