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Senior Epidemiologist, Center of Infectious Disease Control RIVM (NL), EIP Policy Focus Group 2020 
Mirjam Knol works as a senior epidemiologist on vaccine-preventable diseases at the Center of infectious Disease Control of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands. She is responsible for the surveillance of meningococcal disease, pneumococcal disease and Haemophilus influenza disease.
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Clinical Lecturer and Consultant, Imperial College London (UK)
Dr Elizabeth Whittaker graduated from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and following clinical experience in Dublin and Brisbane, Australia, moved to London. Here she trained as a paediatrician and was successfully awarded an academic clinical fellowship in paediatric infectious diseases in 2006. The nine-month research period associated with this fellowship allowed her to develop her interest in paediatric infectious diseases and involved a couple of research projects on tuberculosis biomarkers and interferon-gamma release assays (IGRA).
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Head of Centre of Health Promotion, Institute of Public Health (SER)

Dr Jelena Gudelj Rakic, MD, graduated at the School of Medicine University of Belgrade. She is a specialist of hygiene and medical ecology and holds MSc and PhD in Nutrition. As public health and nutrition expert working at the Institute of Public Health of Serbia, she has been actively involved in public health research primarily related to prevention and health promotion. 



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Professor, Paediatric Rheumatologist, University Hospital UZ Leuven (BE)
Carine H Wouters is a pediatric rheumatologist working at Leuven University Hospital in Leuven, Belgium. She is head of the clinical department of pediatric rheumatology and immune-inflammatory diseases at the Leuven University Children’s hospital, and professor in Pediatrics at Leuven University. She currently is the executive board member for pediatric rheumatology in the European Reference Network for Rare Immune Deficiency, Autoimmune and Autoinflammatory diseases.
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Professor of Developmental Clinical Psychology University of Oxford (UK)
Cathy is a Professor of Developmental Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford. She is an Honorary Consultant Psychologist and leads The Oxford Psychological Interventions for Children and adolescents (TOPIC) research group
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MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, head of the National Reference Centre for Rare Rheumatic and AutoImmune diseases in Children RAISE- Lyon in Lyon, France. Prof. Belot is a clinician and researcher who has a special interest in rheumatic diseases in children. He is committed to the management of rare genetic inflammatory diseases and also in adolescent medicine.




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 Director of Policy, Research and Development, Public Health Wales, UNITED KINGDOM

Professor Mark Bellis is the Director of Policy and International Health for Public Health Wales and Professor of Public Health at Bangor University. Mark is the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Investment for Health and Well-being and WHO UK Focal Point for Violence and Injury Prevention. 



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Assistant Professor Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine, University of California, USA

Jason Nagata MD, MSc, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics specializing in adolescent and young adult medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He researches health consequences of adolescent and young adult behaviors and is an expert in body image, eating disorders, and muscle-building behaviors in adolescent boys.


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Neonatologist, Specialist Neonatal Clinic,  Charité University Hospital Berlin, GERMANY

Dr. Hanna Petersen, is a paediatrician specialized in neonatology. She is currently working in the Department of Neonatology at the Charité University Hospital Berlin/Germany.  Dr. Petersen studied medicine in Berlin in Germany, Lisbon in Portugal and Fortaleza in Brazil. After finishing her studies in 2007, she worked as a resident in Helios Klinikum Bad Saarow and Evangelisches Waldkrankenhaus Berlin Spandau, both in Germany.


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Professor, M.D., PhD Paediatric-Intensivist and Associated Professor of Paediatrics, Erasmus MC-Sophia Children’s Hospital, NETHERLANDS

Koen Joosten is a paediatric-intensivist and associated professor of paediatrics at Erasmus MC-Sophia Children’s Hospital, in the Netherlands. Dr K. Joosten studied medicine at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands and became a paediatrician in 1993. In 1995 he did his training as a paediatric-intensivist at Erasmus MC-Sophia Children’s Hospital and in 1999 received his PhD, which focused on metabolism, endocrinology and nutrition of the critically ill child. 

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