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Dr. Marc-Alain Widdowson

Dr Widdowson graduated from Cambridge University in anthropology and veterinary medicine and has worked in the epidemiology of viral diseases for the last 15 years. He worked in Zimbabwe and Bolivia investigating the epidemiology of foot-and mouth disease in buffaloes, rabies in bats and dogs, and trichinella infections in crocodiles. After a MSc in Communicable Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, he worked in the Netherlands for two years as an EPIET fellow. During this time, he worked on Hepatitis E virus, norovirus and rotavirus, including an outbreak of a rare rotavirus strain among hospitalized neonates.

Dr Widdowson joined CDC in 2001 with focus on outbreak investigations, disease burden studies and control of rotavirus and norovirus infections domestically and internationally. He worked closely with WHO, PATH and other international partners on the Rotavirus Accelerated Development and Introduction Plan (ADIP) to set up surveillance systems to generate local, region and global hospital-based estimates of rotavirus morbidity and potential impact and cost-effectiveness of vaccination.

In 2008, Dr Widdowson joined the Influenza Division and in 2009 became the Lead of the International Epidemiology and Research Team (IERT) of the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch. In this role he supervises >30 staff in Atlanta and field staff and other CDC staff throughout the world, collaborating closely with the World Health Organization, Ministeries of Health and research partners globally. The IERT program focus is on understanding the epidemiology, burden and prevention of seasonal and pandemic influenza worldwide.

Dr Widdowson has authored or co-authored over 95 articles and book chapters and has edited two journal supplements (Journal of Infectious Diseases and Vaccine), and is currently co-editor on a third JID supplement on influenza in Africa.