Line Matthiessen

Head of the Unit "Fighting infectious diseases and global epidemics" at the European Commission in Brussels

Dr Line Matthiessen leads the Unit responsible for Infectious Diseases and Public Health in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. The Unit promotes and supports EU research and innovation activities in the area of global health issues with emphasis on HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, emerging epidemics, neglected infectious diseases and antimicrobial drug resistance, as well as activities in public health and health systems research. The Unit also supports the implementation of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP).

Dr Matthiessen was Head of Unit for horizontal aspects and coordination in the Directorate for Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Research from 1 July 2007 to December 2010.

Dr Matthiessen joined the European Commission in 1992. She has been responsible for strategic and policy issues in biotechnology. She held the position as principal scientific officer responsible for research in Neurosciences for several years. She has also been scientific officer in the area of Somatic gene therapy, Animal cell technology and in vitro testing as alternatives to animal experiments.

Dr Line Matthiessen was trained as an MD at the University of Odense, Denmark and received her PhD in Neurosciences from the University of Paris VI, France in 1993.

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