nohynek hanna

National Institute for Health and Welfare
Helsinki - Finland

Hanna Nohynek completed her medical studies, PhD and international health competence in Helsinki, Finland. She is working as Vaccine Safety Officer at the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL, former National Public Health Institute, KTL), Finland. She is the scientific coordinator of the ARIVAC consortium (www.sph.uq.edu.au/arivac and www.ktl.fi/arivac). She is Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine of the Royal Society of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. She practices at two private travel health clinics in Helsinki. Her PhD work was on development and evaluation of methods for identifying the aetiology of childhood pneumonia, which she studied in Finland, Russia, and the Philippines. In collaboration with the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in the Philippines, she coordinated several phase II trials (Hib, meningococcal, PCV among infants, and Pnc polysaccharide among pregnant mothers and infants), and a major phase III trial of 11PCV against childhood pneumonia on the island of Bohol. Her current research interests include vaccine safety, especially registry based epidemiological studies, ARI etiology and disease burden, Hib, Pnc and meningococcal CV, new vaccines against tuberculosis, vaccine related adverse events, herd immunity, policy and decision making, evidence based evaluation of introduction of new vaccines into national programmes, travel health, bioethics related to clinical trials and international health research. Her publications include > 60 articles, chapters and books. She teaches nationally and internationally, and has guided several elective, graduate, and PhD students.She is the secretary of the Finnish Narcolepsy Task Force studying the association of pandemic vaccine and narcolepsy. She also is a member of the THL Advisory Board for Vaccines, and has served in expert committees evaluating introduction of PCV and rota virus vaccine in Finland. She is Editor in Chief of the Finnish Vaccinators Manual and the Finnish International Health Manual (www.thl.fi). She serves as technical advisor to EU (DG Research and SanCo), WHO (Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety, and others), GAVI, SIDA, the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Encorium. She was chairman of EPIET and member of EDCTP 2002-3. She belongs to the faculty of the Advanced Course in Vaccinology since its beginning in 2000 and to the ECDC contracted vaccine epidemiology module, and the Finnish Diploma Course on Global Health.
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