Pierre Van Damme, MD, PhD
is one of the foremost researchers in the epidemiology and prevention of
infectious diseases and has been involved as the principal investigator in more
than 100 vaccine trials. In 1994, he set up the Centre for the Evaluation of
Vaccination at the University of Antwerp, which has since been designated a WHO Collaborating Centre for Prevention and Control of Viral Hepatitis. Among his other research interests are the conduct of vaccine trials and cost-effectiveness analysis of preventative strategies in infectious disease management. Professor van Damme has authored more than 170 peer-reviewed articles and is on the Editorial Boards of several scientific journals that focus on the study of vaccines and vaccine-preventable infectious diseases.