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I am an applied infectious diseases epidemiologist. My research focusses on emerging and high consequence infectious diseases, covering aspects such as risk factor identification, development of novel surveillance systems and outbreak response mechanisms. My current research is primarily concerned with the early detection and prevention of spillover-borne outbreaks of emerging zoonotic diseases. Additionally, I am interested in risk factors for and early detection of infectious disease outbreaks in complex and fragile settings such as humanitarian emergencies or peri-urban informal settlements.

Methodologically, the approaches I use span qualitative and quantitative methods with a strong focus on field epidemiology and outbreak analytics. Aside from my academic work, I also maintain a strong involvement in applied infectious diseases public health practice, particularly in outbreak response and epidemic intelligence with organisations such as the World Health Organization and the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network as well as by teaching modules for the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET) and the European Public Health Microbiology Training Programme (EUPHEM).

Biography

I completed my PhD in the Health Protection Research Unit for Emergency Preparedness and Response under the supervision of Professor Paul Hunter on outbreak risks in humanitarian emergencies. After my PhD, I worked as an epidemiologist with the European Field Epidemiology Training Program. During that time, I was involved in the COVID-19 response in the European Union and Papua New Guinea as well as the Ebola response in the North-Eastern DRC.

Research

I am an applied infectious diseases epidemiologist. My research focusses on emerging and high consequence infectious diseases, covering aspects such as risk factor identification, development of novel surveillance systems and outbreak response mechanisms. My current research is primarily concerned with the early detection and prevention of spillover-borne outbreaks of emerging zoonotic diseases. Additionally, I am interested in risk factors for and early detection of infectious disease outbreaks in complex and fragile settings such as humanitarian emergencies or peri-urban informal settlements. Methodologically, the approaches I use span qualitative and quantitative methods with a strong focus on field epidemiology and outbreak analytics. 

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Carlson Colin J., Farrell Maxwell J., Grange Zoe, Han Barbara A., Mollentze Nardus, Phelan Alexandra L., Rasmussen Angela L., Albery Gregory F., Bett Bernard, Brett-Major David M., Cohen Lily E., Dallas Tad, Eskew Evan A., Fagre Anna C., Forbes Kristian M., Gibb Rory, Halabi Sam, Hammer Charlotte C., Katz Rebecca, Kindrachuk Jason, Muylaert Renata L., Nutter Felicia B., Ogola Joseph, Olival Kevin J., Rourke Michelle, Ryan Sadie J., Ross Noam, Seifert Stephanie N., Sironen Tarja, Standley Claire J., Taylor Kishana, Venter Marietjie and Webala Paul W. 2021The future of zoonotic risk predictionPhil. Trans. R. Soc. B376:20200358.20200358 http://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2020.0358

Hammer, C., Cristea, V., Dub, T., & Sivelä, J. (2021). High but slightly declining COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and reasons for vaccine acceptance, Finland April to December 2020. Epidemiology and Infection, 149, E123. doi:10.1017/S0950268821001114

Charlotte C. Hammer, T. Sonia Boender, Daniel Rh Thomas (2021) Social media for field epidemiologists (#SoMe4epi): How to use Twitter during the #COVID19 pandemic,International Journal of Infectious Diseases, Volume 110, Supplement 1, 2021, S11-S16, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2021.05.035

Hammer, C.C., Brainard, J. and Hunter, P.R., 2019. Rapid risk assessment for communicable diseases in humanitarian emergencies: validation of a rapid risk assessment tool for communicable disease risk in humanitarian emergencies. Global Biosecurity, 1(1). DOI: http://doi.org/10.31646/gbio.24

Hammer CC, Brainard J, Hunter PR Risk factors and risk factor cascades for communicable disease outbreaks in complex humanitarian emergencies: a qualitative systematic review BMJ Global Health 2018;3:e000647.https://gh.bmj.com/content/3/4/e000647

Everitt Butterfield Fellow in Emerging Infectious Diseases
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
Interested in infectious diseases; epidemiology; global health; outbreak response; surveillance
Available for consultancy

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