The Executive Board of the VU appointed Aura Timen as endowed professor to the chair of ‘Responses to communicable diseases in global health’, starting 1 June 2018.

08/06/2018 | 3:08 PM

Throughout the past decades, emerging and re-emerging communicable diseases have proven their capacity to progress into global health emergencies, challenging the traditional outbreak control systems and requiring re-calibration of the international response. This has to do with the increased mobility of humans and goods, but also with changing perceptions and communication possibilities.

Aura Timen’s research focuses on understanding the dynamics of public health emergencies and of response mechanisms, and their impact on the individual person, risk groups and populations. 

Aura Timen, graduated as a medical doctor at VU Amsterdam, in 1995. She registered as a Specialist in Community Medicine (subspecialty infectious disease control) with the Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG). Timen holds a PhD in outbreak management from the Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. She has extensive research experience on the control of communicable diseases both in the Netherlands and in international perspective.

Aura Timen is Head of the National Coordination Centre for Communicable Disease Control (LCI) at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and participates actively in various national and international networks. She is currently President of the Section Infectious Disease Control of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and as such, a member of the Advisory Forum of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).