Scott McDonald’s work at RIVM centers on the development of methodological approaches for estimating disease burden and incidence, and so draws upon both statistical and dynamic modelling techniques. Current and recent projects include applying evidence synthesis to estimate the national incidence of seasonal influenza and pertussis, and projecting the future burden of influenza, hepatitis B, legionellosis, and hepatitis A, taking into account population ageing and changes in immunity. He is currently involved in two international collaborations: the WHO-FERG initiative to calculate the global burden of foodborne disease, and the BCoDE (burden of communicable diseases within Europe) project coordinated by ECDC.


Scott McDonald received his PhD in cognitive science from the University of Edinburgh, UK, in 2000. Following several years of post-doctoral research in experimental psychology at the University of Edinburgh, he accepted a position at Health Protection Scotland, Glasgow, on a Chief Scientist Office-funded project to estimate the current and future burden of hepatitis C infection and the interaction with problem alcohol use in the injecting drug user populaton. After a move to the Netherlands to obtain his MSc in infectious disease epidemiology, he started work at the Centre for Infectious Disease Control in 2011, and joined the Mathematical Modelling project group in 2012.