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Call for papers - Challenges of infectious disease surveillance and prevention

Guest Editors

Danielle Giovenco, PhD, Emory University, USA
Andrew Scheibe, MBChB, MPH, University of Pretoria, South Africa 

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 15 August 2024

BMC Infectious Diseases is calling for submissions to our Collection on the challenges of infectious disease surveillance and prevention, emphasizing the critical need for comprehensive surveillance and robust prevention strategies due to ongoing global health threats. The Collection aims to explore topics such as pathogen evolution, surveillance technologies, vaccine development, public health interventions, antimicrobial resistance, and the 'One Health' approach. 

New Content ItemThis Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Danielle Giovenco, PhD, Emory University, USA

Dr Danielle Giovenco is an infectious disease epidemiologist at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and an honorary faculty member at the Desmond Tutu Health Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa. Her research focuses on reducing HIV-related disparities among adolescents and young people globally. More specifically, Dr Giovenco uses quantitative epidemiologic methods to 1) estimate social and structural factors associated with oral PrEP use and HIV risk and 2) explore the utility of novel interventions to engage and retain young people in HIV prevention and care services.

Andrew Scheibe, MBChB, MPH, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Dr Andrew Scheibe is a medical doctor by training who works in key population programmes and policy in South Africa and the region, with affiliations at TB HIV Care in Cape Town, South Africa, and the Community Oriented Primary Care Research Unit within the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa. His work focuses on the intersections between infectious diseases, determinants of health, and rights, with a particular focus on substance use and harm reduction. 

About the Collection

BMC Infectious Diseases is calling for submissions to our Collection on the challenges of infectious disease surveillance and prevention. Infectious diseases continue to present formidable challenges to global health, emphasizing the critical need for comprehensive surveillance and robust prevention strategies. 

Infectious disease surveillance is an important tool to monitor the health of the population by describing the current epidemiology of disease, observing its trends, and identifying outbreaks of current and new pathogens. Surveillance of infectious diseases plays a variety of integral roles through its use in detecting antimicrobial resistance within infectious diseases, facilitating the early detection of an outbreak of a potentially epidemic-prone disease, or via monitoring the control, prevention and eradication of pathogens. In 2016, the World Health Organisation committed to the elimination of communicable diseases, including AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030. Infectious disease surveillance will be instrumental in obtaining this goal, with the seamless exchange of knowledge among researchers playing a pivotal role.

This Collection invites researchers, clinicians, epidemiologists, and public health experts to explore a wide spectrum of topics related to infectious disease surveillance and prevention. We aim to provide a platform for novel research and evidence-based practices that address these pressing issues. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • The dynamics of pathogen evolution and the identification of novel threats to public health
  • Surveillance technologies including genomics, artificial intelligence, data analytics, and their applications in disease monitoring
  • Challenges associated with vaccine development and deployment, particularly in the context of emerging infectious diseases
  • Public health interventions such as contact tracing, quarantine measures, and community engagement, in mitigating infectious disease outbreaks
  • Antimicrobial Resistance its impact on treatment strategies, and novel approaches to combating resistance
  • The importance of the ‘One Health’ approach in understanding and preventing infectious diseases at the human-animal-environment interface
  • Novel and innovative surveillance research methodologies related to infectious diseases within high-risk and marginalized populations, across diverse settings

This collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being.

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There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Challenges of infectious disease surveillance and prevention" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.