Aura Timen has headed the National Coordination Centre for Communicable Disease Control (LCI) since January 2011. As of June 1st 2018 she has been named Professor by special appointment to the chair of 'Responses to communicable diseases in global health' at VU Amsterdam.

Infectious diseases outbreaks do not always comply with previously drawn up scenarios. To control outbreaks, one needs, apart from comprehensive guidelines, up-to-date knowledge of diseases and the context in which they occur. And plenty of common sense.

Aura Timen (1966) studied Medicine and graduated as a physician from the VU University of Amsterdam in 1995. She is registered as a Medical Specialist in Community Medicine and Infectious Disease Control with the Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG). In 2010, she obtained her PhD with her dissertation ‘Outbreak Management: towards a model for the next crisis’ from the Radboud University, Nijmegen.  She has extensive research experience in the field of combatting communicable diseases, both in the Netherlands and internationally.

Aura Timen has headed  the National Coordination Centre for Communicable Disease Control (LCI) since January 2011, and she actively participates in various national and international networks. She is currently chair of the Infectious Disease Control Section of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and a member of the Advisory Forum of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Aura also coordinates the WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Preparedness and IHR monitoring and evaluation which is hosted by RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment .

Areas of expertise

  • Outbreak management
  • Guideline development
  • Response to threats and crises
  • Preparation for crises (preparedness)