Meet and greet

Meet and Greet

Meet and Greet
by - Friday, 30 October 2015, 11:41 PM

Hello !

My name is Arnold and I am trained in the Netherlands as a public health specialist. My current job is at the Public Health Training section of ECDC in Stockholm. Our group has started in 2015 to set up E-learning as one of the new training activities of the Centre and we decided to start to develop the first E-course with the topic of Scientific Abstract Writing because this requires a skill-set that many public health specialist mention interest in. We have also heard from a number of experienced scientific writers that they would like to use a course like this to practice this skill in English since it is not their native language.

You are warmly encouraged to write here something about yourself, where you are from and what you expect of the course.

Rodrigo Filipe
Re: Meet and Greet
by Rodrigo Filipe - Monday, 23 November 2015, 5:05 PM

Dear all,

Welcome to the 1st official edition of the abstract writing course.

I work at ECDC as instructional designer and e-learning expert. I have an IT background and started working with e-learning in 2006. I was part of the project team who created this course on abstract writing. I'm not an expert on abstract writing and my role here will be to assist you in case you have some technical difficulties with the platform or the materials. I will also be directing content related questions to subject matter experts at ECDC and getting the answers back to you.

Wishes of a great course and looking forward to know you via a short presentation in this forum.

Erika Rossetto
Re: Meet and Greet
by Erika Rossetto - Wednesday, 16 December 2015, 5:39 PM

Hi everyone!

I?m Érika Rossetto, from Brazil.

Graduated in Pharmacy-Biochemistry, Epidemiologist at the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP- EPISUS, Brazil) (2008) and Master of Science in Tropical Diseases and International Health (2014). In addition, I am starting a doctorate in the same area.

Since 2010, I?m teacher in e-learning post-graduation, with emphasis in Epidemiology; Outbreak investigation; Public Health surveillance; Data analysis and health situation and Public management.

Since September/2015, occupy the position of Secretary at the Brazilian Society for Field Epidemiology Professionals ? ProEpi.

Best regards, Érika Rossetto.

Re: Meet and Greet
by - Wednesday, 16 December 2015, 11:44 PM

Welcome to the course Erika !

It is a pleasure to include you among the participants. With your background in FETP training you will likely be in the position to share valuable experience with our other learners. This edition of the course includes several trainers from different FETP's; I look forward to see the posts to exchange experience and views in our course forums. At this moment there are 49 learners registered to the course and we still have 3 weeks to go before the course starts.

Tanue Elvis Asangbeng
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by Tanue Elvis Asangbeng - Thursday, 17 December 2015, 7:38 AM
Dear all, I am a PhD candidate in Public Health in the University of Buea in Cameroon. I am very delighted to be a part of this learning exercise. I am interested in scientific writing for publication and hope that this training exercise will further expand my knowledge and skills.
I wish you all the best
Have a healthy and favored life ahead
Re: Meet and Greet
by - Thursday, 17 December 2015, 8:13 AM

Welcome Tanue Elvis!

We are looking forward to sharing experiences in abstract writing with you.

Liliya Todorova-Janssens
Re: Meet and Greet
by Liliya Todorova-Janssens - Friday, 18 December 2015, 3:15 PM

Dear all,

My name is Liliya Todorova-Janssens. I work at ECDC Public Health Training  section and I am the project manager for the e-learning project. Together with my colleagues Arnold and  Rodrigo I?ll be monitoring this course and assist when needed. We are all very excited and hope that you will enjoy the experience.



Piret Valjaots
Re: Meet and Greet
by Piret Valjaots - Monday, 21 December 2015, 2:48 PM


I´m Piret Väljaots, from Estonia. I studied public health and at the moment I am preparing to write my first article. As starting something is always the most difficult part, I hope to get some good advice and experiences to write an abstract. Hopefully it will encourage me to continue with the whole article later on.

Enjoy the course!

Re: Meet and Greet
by - Monday, 21 December 2015, 4:58 PM

Welcome Piret, 

And thanks for sharing the background. It is true that writing an entire article requires many perspectives that will not be fully covered in this course on abstract writing. However some of the concepts of this course will also apply to the approach of writing a full manuscript. ECDC does have course material for writing manuscripts, however these are not yet designed for E-learning. 

Hopefully this course will also allow you to get in touch with other participants that have useful experience to share. 

Ricardo Mexia
Re: Meet and Greet
by Ricardo Mexia - Monday, 21 December 2015, 7:35 PM

Dear all,

My name is Ricardo Mexia and I am a Public Health Doctor and Epidemiologist at the National Health Institute in Lisboa.

I after my Medical degree I did my Public Health training near Lisboa and finished a Masters in Public Health. I also did my Field Epidemiology training by attending EPIET in Oslo, graduating in 2011. 

I work mostly in surveillance, particularly in participatory surveillance and mass gatherings surveillance. 

I am looking forward to the course, so I can develop further my scientific writing skills, and increase scientific output here at my Department. We actually have a lot of projects and sometimes we feel a bit overwhelmed by the work and therefore communication/writing seems to fall behind.

I also take the chance to wish you all Happy Holidays!

Ricardo Mexia

Re: Meet and Greet
by - Monday, 21 December 2015, 7:40 PM

Welcome to EVA Riccardo!

We are very happy to have people with your experience profile on board, a this will add value to our interactions and discussions online.

Looking forward to the course and learn from eachother 

Erika Rossetto
Re: Meet and Greet
by Erika Rossetto - Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 5:12 PM

Dear Ricardo, I loved Lisboa!

A wonderful and historic city.

Have a happy Christmas.

Best regards, Érika.

Dr Janardan Nayak
Re: Meet and Greet
by Dr Janardan Nayak - Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 10:30 PM

Hi everybody,

This is Dr Janardan, 2nd year EIS (India) trainee from India. I have 18 years experience at primary health care after my graduation (MBBS). I have done diploma in Public health.

I have a keen interest of this training, with a high expectation for up-gradation of my skill.

Wishing all you a happy and prosperous Marry Christmas and New year in advance.

Thanks & regards


Re: Meet and Greet
by - Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 12:36 AM

Dear Dr Janardan,

Welcome to the course and this group of participants. In two weeks time we will start. Looking forward to that

Best wishes

Sree Kalpana
Re: Meet and Greet
by Sree Kalpana - Thursday, 24 December 2015, 7:39 AM

Hi everyone, 

Happy to have enrolled for this course. I am Dr.Sree Kalpana. After MBBS,I had a residential clinic for around 10 years. Recently, I did my Masters in Public Health in National Institute of Epidemiology, ICMR, Chennai, India.After MPH, I was working as District Epidemiologist and as Training co-ordinator in a Training Institute in Chennai, India.

Currently I am doing a Field epidemiology programme, called Epidemic Intelligence Services in National Center for Disease Control, New Delhi, India, along with Dr.Janardhan Nayak who is already in this course. 

Hi, Janardhan. pleased to meet you here.

Wish you all a Happy New Year.

Re: Meet and Greet
by - Thursday, 24 December 2015, 4:43 PM

Welcome Sree !

It is a pleasure to have you in this course too.

Re: Meet and Greet
by NIRINGIYIMANA EUGENE - Thursday, 24 December 2015, 11:03 AM



Am one of Rwanda FELTP resident, i am interested in taking this course to improve my scientific communication skills 

Re: Meet and Greet
by - Thursday, 24 December 2015, 4:39 PM

Welcome Eugene !

It is nice to see so many FETP fellows and graduates from around the world. From your training we know that you have already experience with scientific abstract writing and we hope that this online course will allow us all to benefit by sharing experience. I expect that for this reason our discussion forums will remain a relevant part of the course.

Senad Begic
Re: Meet and Greet
by Senad Begic - Thursday, 24 December 2015, 12:41 PM

Hello everyone!

My name is Senad and my current working position is in Centre for Disease Control and Prevention of Montenegrin IPH as epidemiology resident. At the same time, I am MediPIET fellow from the second cohort and also a PhD candidate at School of Medicine University of Montenegro.

I am very happy to take part in the course and I am looking forward learning with you and from you.

Re: Meet and Greet
by - Thursday, 24 December 2015, 4:41 PM

Welcome Senad !

It will be a pleasure to start this course on 7 January with so many participants that come from FETP's. During this course we will also focus on reviewing abstracts; my expectation is that we will benefit a lot from reviews by FETP fellows and alumni.

Abdulaal Chitheer
Re: Meet and Greet
by Abdulaal Chitheer - Thursday, 24 December 2015, 7:10 PM

Dear all,
I wish you a Happy New Year.
I am Dr. Abdulaal Chitheer, Field epidemiologist working in Public health department/ Missan DoH, Iraq, as surveillance officer and rapid response team leader and represented in regional response team in Middle East assigned by EMPHNET. I am a graduate of Iraq FETP from CDC Atlanta and have Higher Diploma in applied epidemiology from Baghdad College of Medicine. As a researcher, I interested in scientific writing and pleased to be enrolled in this course with high professional profile attendants hopping success for all.
Best regards

Re: Meet and Greet
by - Thursday, 31 December 2015, 4:36 PM

Welcome dr Abdulaal Chitheer ! We are looking forward to starting the course with a lot of FETP experience on board

Anne Fechler
Re: Meet and Greet
by Anne Fechler - Wednesday, 30 December 2015, 2:00 PM


I wish all of you a Happy New Year!

I will also take part in this course, my name is Anne Fechler and I work for the Baden-Wuerttemberg State Health Office in Stuttgart, Germany in the field of speech examination in pre-school children and health reporting/epidemiology. I'm a speech and language pathologist and did my master's degree in Public Health 3 years ago.

I'm looking forward doing this course together with you.

Best wishes,


Re: Meet and Greet
by - Thursday, 31 December 2015, 4:34 PM

Welcome Anne, and thank you for bringing yet another interesting professional background to this course. It will be a pleasure to kick off with everyone on 7 January

Re: Meet and Greet
by SAMUEL JUMA - Thursday, 31 December 2015, 8:42 PM

Hi Everyone,

Am Samuel Juma from Kenya. I am a public health specialist and a field epidemiologist, a graduate of FELTP, Kenya. I have a lot of interest in scientific writing and I look forward to learning from you guys.

Thank you and happy new year.

Re: Meet and Greet
by - Saturday, 2 January 2016, 1:10 AM
Welcome Samuel !

Looking forward to sharing experience on abstract writing with you

Anna Kubátová
Re: Meet and Greet
by Anna Kubátová - Thursday, 31 December 2015, 10:55 PM

Dear all,

My name is Anna Kubatova. I am an Epidemiologist in Regional Public Health Authority in Pilsen, Czech Republic. I was an MS-track EPIET fellow, cohort 2012. 

I work mostly in surveillance, but outbreak investigation and HAI control is also the element of my work.

I thing we are working a lot, we know how to manage the work, but the writing the articles or good writing the abstracts is a skill that I miss. 

I am very happy for this possibility and I hope it will be very useful.

I wish to you all really Happy Year 2016. I will be happy with you.

Best wishes, Anna

Re: Meet and Greet
by - Saturday, 2 January 2016, 1:11 AM
welcome Anna ! 
Alexei Ceban
Re: Meet and Greet
by Alexei Ceban - Saturday, 2 January 2016, 7:29 PM

Hello to everyone, My name is Alexei and i am epidemiologist at the National Center of Public Health from Moldova. Glad to take part in learning course about writing abstract. Very excited!!!

Re: Meet and Greet
by - Sunday, 3 January 2016, 1:05 PM

Welcome Alexei ! Looking forward to start soon !

Simbarashe Mabaya
Re: Meet and Greet
by Simbarashe Mabaya - Monday, 4 January 2016, 7:01 AM

Hi everyone, my name is Simbarashe Mabaya, I am a Public Health Specialist from Zimbabwe. 

I am looking forward to participating in this course and learning from all of you.

Re: Meet and Greet
by VALENTINA DI GREGORI - Monday, 4 January 2016, 11:20 AM

Dear colleagues

I am Valentina Di Gregori, I am medical doctor graduated from the University of Bologna Italy, MSc in Pharmacoepidemiology and Specialist in Public Health. I am working as an Epidemiologist at the Ferrara Hospital (Infection Control)and at the Sant'Orsola University (Microbiology) Hospital  Italy and working at the National Agency for Research Evaluation in Italy.

I am also part of the Core group of the Section for Infectious Diseases Control of European Public Health Association and the Brain infections group of Europe Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

I believe that writing and revising skills have to be trained and upskilled frequently so this why I decided to take part to this e-class though I have already experience in the field.The  Most important clue in my opinion is quality of research but we still  need to train on the methodology so I hope that this course gives us also the opportunity to share and create new thinking on research and its human usefulness not only mere instruments but thoughts and visions.

Thank you

Valentina Di Gregori

Ion Birca
Re: Meet and Greet
by Ion Birca - Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 10:27 AM


My name is Ion and I am PhD student (epidemiologist) at the National Center for Public Health in Moldova. 

I would like to take this opportunity to improve my skills and I think this course is a good opportunity to learn, and I wish you a happy new year.

Best Regards,

Ion Birca

Liliya Todorova-Janssens
Re: Meet and Greet
by Liliya Todorova-Janssens - Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 10:28 AM

Welcome Ion, I hope you will like the course.



Lejla Dzananovic
Re: Meet and Greet
by Lejla Dzananovic - Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 10:39 AM

Dear all,

my name is Lejla Dzananovic, and I am a medical doctor graduated from Faculty of Medicine, University of Sarajevo. I have an MSc in Health Care Management (2014) and am currently working on my PhD thesis. I am also in the final year of my residency in Epidemiology. I work as a TA at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Faculty of Medicine, University of Sarajevo. 

Wishing everyone a successful course and all the best in the new year!

Liliya Todorova-Janssens
Re: Meet and Greet
by Liliya Todorova-Janssens - Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 11:02 AM

Hallo Lejla,

we hope you will enjoy our course.




Re: Meet and Greet
by SAKTHIVEL ARTHANARI - Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 11:20 AM

hi im Dr.sakthivel FROM INDIA.i would like you to clarify my queries, DO we get any certificate at the end of the program.

thank you.

Liliya Todorova-Janssens
Re: Meet and Greet
by Liliya Todorova-Janssens - Friday, 8 January 2016, 11:17 AM


Certificates of completion of this course will be issued in the end of course if the participant completed all 5 theoretical modules, the 2 assignments and the course satisfaction survey as stated in Q1.3 Course administration questions section in FAQ document. Please keep in mind that this course is not formally accredited



Re: Meet and Greet
by SAKTHIVEL ARTHANARI - Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 11:30 AM

hi everyone, im Dr. Sakthivel, doing my MD community medicine from India.interested in public health and epidemiology. like to sharpen my knowledge on abstract writing. hope dis course helps me in dat. happy to meet the experts in dis field. 

Vijay Silan
Re: Meet and Greet
by Vijay Silan - Friday, 8 January 2016, 5:33 PM

Let us learn from each other.

Elena Rota Nodari
Re: Meet and Greet
by Elena Rota Nodari - Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 11:54 AM

Dear all,

My name is Elena and I am from Italy. I am a veterinarian, particularly interested in the study and management of zoonotic diseases; specifically I work on rabies.

I am delighted to have the opportunity to attend this course, and I thank the organizers for having had this great idea: even if I have some experience in writing (drafts, articles, projects,?) I am sure I will have a lot to learn!

See you soon and very nice to meet you all!

Liliya Todorova-Janssens
Re: Meet and Greet
by Liliya Todorova-Janssens - Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 11:58 AM

Dear SAKTHIVEL and Elena,

welcome to the course, we will start in 2 days, I hope you will enjoy it.



Paolo Colet
Re: Meet and Greet
by Paolo Colet - Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 3:08 PM

Hello! Greetings from Saudi Arabia, I am Paolo, currently working as a university lecturer. I am excited to the course, hopefully this will enhance my writing skills.

Re: Meet and Greet
by - Thursday, 7 January 2016, 9:37 PM

Welcome Paolo !

We look forward to working with you in this course.There seems to be a good mix of academic and field oriented professionals in the group, which will make for valuable peer reviews !

Re: Meet and Greet
by Iulia Adelina Turiac - Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 12:04 AM

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!!

It is great to have an online community and  a pleasure to meet you all.

Just a quick intro:

I m Iulia Turiac, currently an EPIET fellow in Italy- cohort 2015. My previous experience is in veterinary medicine and I don t have to much experience with scientific writing.

I m glad to take part of this course and I m looking forward to improve my knowledge.

Kind regards,


Re: Meet and Greet
by - Thursday, 7 January 2016, 9:35 PM

Welcome Iulia,

The course will be fun with so many fellows, alumni and other experienced public health experts

Capmari Dumitru
Re: Meet and Greet
by Capmari Dumitru - Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 7:36 AM

Hi to everyone. My name is Dumitru, and I am epidemiologist at the National Center of Public Health from Republic of Moldova. I am very glad to take part of this course.

Re: Meet and Greet
by - Thursday, 7 January 2016, 9:34 PM

Welcome Dumitru !

Great to have you and other colleagues from Moldova in the group

Viktor Zoldi
Re: Meet and Greet
by Viktor Zoldi - Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 10:01 AM

Dear all,

My name is Viktor Zöldi and I am an EPIET fellow (Cohort 2015) at the National Institute for Health and Welfare (Terveyden ja hyvinvoinnin laitos - THL) in Helsinki.

I am a biologist and also finished a Masters in Epidemiology. I am especially interested in vectors (e.g. ticks and mosquitoes) and vector-borne diseases and did my PhD in investigation of a natural focus of tick-borne encephalitis virus in Hungary.

I am looking forward to the course, so I can develop my scientific writing skills.

I also wish you all a Happy New Year!



Re: Meet and Greet
by - Thursday, 7 January 2016, 9:33 PM

Welcome Viktor !

With the current mix of participants, both from FETP's and other experts, I look forward to the further discussions about the content of the modules. I hope you already have some material prepared for an abstract. In about 3 weeks time we will open the submission

Claudia Siffczyk
Re: Meet and Greet
by Claudia Siffczyk - Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 7:02 PM

A happy new year to everyone,

I am Claudia and work as an epidemiologist in the Health Department of the Federal State of Brandenburg (Germany). I am currently an  EPIET-fellow (cohort 2015, Member State -track).

I am happy to be part of this course and would like to take this opportunity to improve my skills.

I think this online course provides a good opportunity to learn in a new way.

Best regards,


Michela Sabbatucci
Re: Meet and Greet
by Michela Sabbatucci - Thursday, 7 January 2016, 9:17 AM

Hello everybody,

Happy New Year!

I am currently an MS-track EUPHEM fellow (cohort 2015), based in Italy and working at the National Institute of Health, I have a background on basic research in HIV/AIDS especially,

I am quite experienced in writing abstracts and papers, but I'm a perfectionist and I also think that you can always learn.

This will certainly be an interesting course, happy to be in the group!

ready to start today!


Michela Sabbatucci, PhD

EUPHEM fellow (European Programme for Public Health Microbiology Training)
ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control)
Istituto Superiore di Sanità
Department of Infectious, Parasitic and Immune-Mediated Diseases
viale Regina Elena 299
Rome, Italy
phone +39.06.49903167
fax: +39.06.49387112
mobile +39.3397243271
Maja Šubelj
Re: Meet and Greet
by Maja Šubelj - Thursday, 7 January 2016, 7:43 PM

Hi, My name is Maja Subelj and I'm currently based at the University of Arizona as a post-doc for vector-borne diseases, so please excuse me for a slight delay, since I had some technical issues as I've been here just couple of days.

Kind regards,

Maja Subelj, MD, PhD.

Re: Meet and Greet
by - Thursday, 7 January 2016, 9:28 PM
Welcome Maja !

Very nice to see you in this e-course. We have many graduates of FETP's in this course, like yourself, so we expect that exchanging experience will be especially valuable in this edition. I hope you will enjoy the modules.

Re: Meet and Greet
by - Thursday, 7 January 2016, 9:31 PM

Welcome Claudia !

It is very nice to see current EPIET fellows also registered to this course. As you can see, there are also many graduates of EPIET and other FETP, in addition to other public health experts. With this much diversity in the group, I am sure that the discussion forums and the peer review part that will follow after the assignment phase will be experienced as valuable.

Enjoy !

Vijay Silan
Re: Meet and Greet
by Vijay Silan - Friday, 8 January 2016, 6:21 AM

Hello Everyone,
Greetings of the season!!!!
Myself Dr. Vijay Silan from India. I completed my post-graduation in Community Medicine from AIIMS, New Delhi, India.
Presently I am working as an Assistant Professor in a Govt. Medical College.
I am very happy to be here in this course. Many a times I faced rejection of abstract in international conferences. Sometime even my good work could not be accepted for presentation. In few of conferences I could succeed but always for poster presentation but never for oral presentation.

I am sure I will learn a lot from this course.

Many thanks to the creators of this course..

With best Regards

Vijay Silan

Re: Meet and Greet
by SANKALP YADAV - Friday, 8 January 2016, 12:58 PM

Hello All!

I am Dr. Sankalp Yadav, MBBS/PGDEM/DHFWM from New Delhi, India. I am looking after the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme at a large center in the Western Delhi.

I have joined this course to improve my abstract writing and reviewing skills.


Dr. Sankalp Yadav

Re: Meet and Greet
by Guilherme Duarte - Sunday, 10 January 2016, 6:55 PM

Hello everyone, a bit late but would like to still wish everyone an Happy New Year!

I'm Guilherme Duarte, medical doctor undergoing my Public Health specialization. I'm also currently an EPIET fellow in Lisbon - MS track cohort 2015. I'm looking forward to take part of this course as I'm looking forward to improve my knowledge in scientific writing. 

Look forward to interact with you all, best regards, 

Savina Stoitsova
Re: Meet and Greet
by Savina Stoitsova - Monday, 11 January 2016, 12:50 PM
Hello everyone,

Happy New Year and best wishes to you all.

My name is Savina, I am from Bulgaria and I started my EPIET fellowship in Poland in September 2015. My bachelor's and master's degrees were in the field of biochemistry and cell biology, with a focus on various pathogens (Pseudomonas spp., hepatitis C and Trypanosoma brucei). I then did my PhD in epidemiology, focusing on hepatitis A. I have some experience with scientific writing, but it does need improvement, and a course focusing on abstracts is great, as abstracts are the first (and sometimes last) thing people read from a paper.

Looking forward to working with you!


Alison Paredes
Re: Meet and Greet
by Alison Paredes - Monday, 11 January 2016, 4:39 PM
Hello everyone!

I?m Alison Paredes Torrez, from Plurinational State of Bolivia. Graduated in Medicine, Field Epidemiology Training Program Graduate (FETP Perú - 2013) and Master in Familiar and Comunity Health. Since March/2014, I´ve returned to the Ministry of Health in Bolivia. I wish the best for 2016 for you, have a great week.

Best regards

Alison Paredes
Ilaf Abuzarour
Re: Meet and Greet
by Ilaf Abuzarour - Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 5:30 AM

Hello everyone ;

I am Ilaf Abuzarour from Palestine , i work as a medical doctor in primary health care clinics and i am studying Public health / Epidemiology , interested in this course and happy to meet you 

best regards 
thank you

Yung-Ching Lin
Re: Meet and Greet
by Yung-Ching Lin - Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 2:24 PM

Hi everyone,

I am Yung-Ching, a medical officer in Taiwan Centers for Disease Control. I just completed my EPIET fellowship of cohort 2013. Look forward to strengthening my writing skills in this e-learning course.