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Call for papers - Foodborne and waterborne diseases

Guest Editors:
Martin Boudou: Technological University Dublin, Ireland
Paul Hynds: Technological University Dublin, Ireland

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 24 April 2024


BMC Infectious Diseases is calling for submissions to our Collection on foodborne and waterborne diseases.

Infectious diseases transmitted through food and water pose a significant threat to public health worldwide. Their emergence and persistence necessitate continuous research efforts to understand their etiology, transmission mechanisms, and effective preventive strategies.

We invite researchers in foodborne and waterborne diseases to submit their work to this Collection at BMC Infectious Diseases. The Collection seeks to address a broad spectrum of topics related to infectious diseases transmitted through food and water sources.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Martin Boudou: Technological University Dublin, Ireland

Martin Boudou is a doctor in Health Geography, currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher in the Technological University of Dublin since 2019 and member of the Spatio-Temporal Environmental Epidemiology Research Group (STEER). His work expertise is focusing on health geography, spatio-temporal epidemiology, hydrology and climatology with advanced skills in statistical modelling (e.g., Random Forest, GLMs, Time-Series analyses) and geo-statistical techniques (e.g., GIS, Space-Time scanning, Kriging).

Paul Hynds: Technological University Dublin, Ireland

Paul Hynds is Principal Investigator in the Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute (ESHI), Technological University Dublin, in addition to holding adjunct professorships in Queens University Ontario, McMaster University Ontario, and University College Dublin. He currently leads the Spatio-Temporal Environmental Epidemiology Research (STEER) Group in TU Dublin. Pauls works is focused at the intersect between the environment, mathematics and human health, having completed PhDs in Environmental Epidemiology and Environmental Statistics. His primary research interests are in the use of mathematical, geostatistical and machine learning models for source attribution and dynamic (i.e., source-pathway-receptor) assessment of enteric pathogens.

About the collection

BMC Infectious Diseases is calling for submissions to our Collection on Foodborne and waterborne diseases.

Infectious diseases transmitted through food and water pose a significant threat to public health worldwide. Their emergence and persistence necessitate continuous research efforts to understand their etiology, transmission mechanisms, and effective preventive strategies.

Recent efforts through collaborations between microbiologists, epidemiologists and environmental scientists have led to the development of innovative surveillance methods, improved sanitation practices and targeted interventions. Continued research is required to identify emerging pathogens, to understand their adaptations and to devise rapid diagnostic tools for early detection. 

We invite researchers in foodborne and waterborne diseases to submit their work to this Collection at BMC Infectious Diseases. The Collection seeks to address a broad spectrum of topics related to infectious diseases transmitted through food and water sources, including but not limited to:

  • Pathogen characterization in foodborne infections
  • Waterborne disease outbreaks: epidemiology and prevention strategies
  • Impact of drought on food safety and waterborne diseases
  • Emerging pathogens in foodborne illnesses
  • Flood-associated infections: understanding transmission dynamics
  • Novel approaches for surveillance of waterborne diseases
  • The role of antimicrobial resistance in foodborne infections
  • Socioeconomic implications of waterborne and foodborne illnesses
  • Innovative interventions for preventing foodborne disease outbreaks
  • Climate change and its influence on foodborne and waterborne infectious diseases


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  1. According to the World Health Organization, foodborne disease is a significant public health issue. We will choose the best model to predict foodborne disease by comparison, to provide evidence for government ...

    Authors: Xiaobing Xian, Liang Wang, Xiaohua Wu, Xiaoqing Tang, Xingpeng Zhai, Rong Yu, Linhan Qu and Mengliang Ye
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2023 23:803

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 "Foodborne and waterborne diseases" 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.