Secretary General, IANPHI
Deputy Director of Science, The French Public Health AgencyJean-Claude Desenclos is a public health epidemiologist. He is currently deputy Director for Scientific Affairs at The French Public Health Agency after his medical studies, he took part in humanitarian missions for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) from 1980 to 1983. He worked at MSF headquarters in Paris as a medical and public health advisor between 1984 and 1987. He then integrated Epicentre, an NGO dedicated to epidemiological studies in low-income countries created by MSF in 1987. In 1988 he joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS, 1988) program of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that he prolonged by a preventive medicine residency. In 1992, he joined the Réseau National de Santé Publique (French National Public Health Network). In 1998, this organisation became the InVS. Jean-Claude Desenclos was the Head of the InVS Infectious Diseases Department from 1995 to 2008 before becoming InVS Scientific Director. He is particularly interested in epidemiologic studies on infectious disease transmission, methodology questions for decision-making in public health, emerging risks, and prevention programmes and interventional research. Dr. Desenclos is also a PhD thesis research director affiliated with the Doctoral School of Public Health (ED420) of Paris South University. He is currently an associate editor for the European Journal of Epidemiology, BMC Infectious Diseases (editor of the viral hepatitis section), and PLOS Currents Outbreaks. He has contributed to 193 scientific publications referenced in PubMed (entry “Desenclos JC”, April, 2014).