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Biographies of members of the IFH Scientific Advisory Board

Consultant in Hygiene and Infectious Disease Prevention; Chairman and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of IFH; Honorary Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK (2003-2019).

Professor Sally Bloomfield is an acknowledged expert on home hygiene, with more than 40 years' experience in hygiene research and education. In 2000, Professor Bloomfield was awarded the Rudolf Schulke Hygiene Medal for her outstanding contribution in the field of hygiene and preventive medicine.

Professor Bloomfield was educated at the University of Nottingham, where she obtained an honours degree in pharmacy in 1966 followed by a Ph.D. in 1970. In 1972 she moved to King's College London as a Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Microbiology and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1995. Her academic research was concerned with the study of the mode of action of antimicrobial agents used in the community and in medicine. Her other research interest is the role of hygiene, including the role of cleaning and disinfection, in preventing the spread of infectious disease in the hospital, food processing, domestic and other environments.

Professor Bloomfield was a member of the British Standards Institute committee IH/57 (Antiseptics and Disinfectants) and principal UK expert of the Comité Européen de Normalisation (CEN TC 216 - Antiseptics and Disinfectants) which was established to produce harmonised European test methods for antiseptics and disinfectants in the fields of medicine, agriculture and veterinary practice, food and institutional hygiene.

From 1997 to 2003 Professor Bloomfield joined Unilever Research, Port Sunlight, UK as International Hygiene Research and Liaison Manager. Her role In Unilever was concerned with raising awareness of the importance of hygiene in the domestic setting and developing and promoting an approach to home hygiene based on scientific principles.

Professor Bloomfield left Unilever Research in March 2003 to take up a role as Chairman, as well as Scientific Advisory Board Member of IFH, and to continue her work in the area of hygiene and infectious disease prevention. She is also now a Honorary Professor of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Professor Bloomfield has published widely, with over 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Director emeritus Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c.Martin Exner, Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Prevention and Outbreak Management / One Health. University Hospital and University of Bonn, Germany, Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of IFH.

Professor Exner was formerly the director of the Center for Hygiene and Microbiology, Hygiene-Institue of Hygiene and Public Health, University of Bonn and the WHO-Collaborating –Center for Health Promoting Water Management and Risk Communication. 

Professor Dr Martin Exner is a leading European expert in environmental and public health hygiene and has a wide-ranging involvement in hygiene policy in Germany.

Graduating in medicine from the University of Bonn in 1977, Professor Exner first became involved in public hygiene as scientific assistant at the Hygiene-Institute of the University in Bonn.

In addition to university assignments in research and lecturing, Professor Exner devotes much of his time to environmental hygiene issues, including water and hospital hygiene. Other areas of expertise include food hygiene, general epidemic hygiene, home hygiene and social hygiene. Professor Exner is also very interested in community health matters such as hygiene in schools and kindergartens which directly relate to the health of the family, as well the spread of infections resulting from new, emerging pathogens.

Professor Exner has had widespread involvement and responsibilities associated with other hygiene organisations, particularly in Germany. These include:

  • Chairman of the German Drinking WaterHygiene Committee of theGerman Environmental Protection Agenc, Berlin;
  • Chairman of the Disinfection Committee of the German Association for Hygiene and Microbiology;
  • President of the German Society of Hygiene, Environmental Medicine and Public Health;
  • Vice Chairman of the Professional Association of Medical Practitioners for Hygiene and Environmental Medicine;
  • Member of the German Hospital Hygiene Committee of the Robert-Koch-Institute, Berlin;
  • Member of Indoor Pollution Commissions of the German Environmental Protection Agency;
  • Vice Chairman of the Environmental Hygiene Division of the German Association for Hygiene and Microbiology.

Professor Exner has published widely on the subject of public health and hygiene and is also currently Advisory Board member of the journals Hygiene und Medizin, Das Gesundheitswesen, International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, Journal of Water and Health.

Former Director, All India Institute of Hygiene Public Health, Calcutta, India (1993-2001), and President, Institution of Public Health Engineers, India (1994-2008). Presently he is the Chairman; Arsenic Task Force, Govt. of West Bengal. He is also the Chairman (S&T), Sulabh International Social Service Organization and Vice Chancellor, Sulabh International Academy of Environmental Sanitation.

Professor Nath is an authority in Environmental sanitation, Hygiene & Community Water Supply and deeply committed to the promotion of community hygiene and public health. He was educated at the University of Calcutta where he qualified with a first class degree in Civil Engineering, obtaining his Master's degree in Public Health Engineering in 1969 and a Diploma in Sanitary Engineering (Delft, The Netherlands) in 1975. He is fellow of the learned societies, - National Academy of Sciences, India, International Water Academy, Oslo, Norway, Institute of Engineers, Institution of Public Health Engineers, India, Indian Public Health Association, Indian Water Works Association, Institute of Waste Management, UK and International Association of Water Research, UK, etc. He is an honorary fellow of the National Environmental Science Academy.

For over four decades, Prof. K.J.Nath has played a variety of roles ranging from project engineer, researcher, academician, teacher, consultant, planner and in the process has own nationwide and international acclaim and recognition. As Professor of Environmental Sanitation and Director of the All India Institute of Hygiene & Pubic Health (AIIH&PH), Govt. of India (GOI), he did seminal works on Public Health & Hygiene, rural and urban water supply and sanitation, urban waste management, air and water pollution, water quality surveillance, environmental epidemiology and impact assessment. His expertise has been requisitioned by several National & International Organizations including the Planning Commission, CSIR, ICMR, Ministries of Environment, Health, Urban Development, and Rural Development, of the Govt. of India as well as State Govts., Research & Academic Institutes. At the International level, he has served on a number of occasions as a consultant/temporary Advisor and Member/Chairman of expert panels of the World Bank, WHO, UNICEF, UNEP, UNDP, WSSCC, UN-Habitat, US Trade development Agency etc. He served as a member of Steering Committee/Working Groups of the Planning Commission, Govt. of India from the 6th 5-Year Plan to 10th 5-Year Plan (1980-2005). He was a member of the Planning Commission High Power Committees on Solid Waste Management and Public Health (1997-98), Steering Committee of the Ganga Action Plan, National Task Force on Environmental Health, Chairman of the National Coordination Council on Water Quality, Rajiv Gandhi Drinking Water Mission and Chairman, Project Review Committee, Indo-American Commission on Environmental Health, Indian Council of Medical Research. He had the distinct privilege of addressing the 29th Session of the UN Council on Social, Cultural & Economic Rights, Geneva, Nov. 2002 which declared access to water as a Basic Human Right.

He has published more than150 research and review papers, books, monograms etc. He has received several awards including Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Sulabh Sanitation Award (1998), Environmental Scientist of the Country award by National Environmental Science Academy (1999). Best R&D paper award by Central Board of Irrigation & Power (1993) and Golden Jubilee award of the Indian Public Health Association (2007) for life time achievement and the Most Distinguished Public Health Engineer Award of the Institution of Engineers (India) (2008).

Elizabeth Scott, PhD, MPhil,
Professor Emerita, Simmons University, Boston, USA
Industry Consultant: Home & Community Hygiene and Infection Control

Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Scott is a Professor Emerita at Simmons University in Boston, USA. She received her Master's and her PhD from King's College, London University and has more than 40 years of experience as an applied microbiologist with expertise in hygiene and infection control issues in home and community settings. She has published numerous peer reviewed articles and consumer guides and consults to major international companies providing thought leadership, research expertise and promotion of consumer hygiene practices.

Widely quoted in the press, she is a Scientific Advisory Board member of the International Forum on Home Hygiene (https://ifh-homehygiene.org/) and the Global Hygiene Council) (https://www.hygienecouncil.org/). She has served as a scientific advisor on responsible consumer hygiene practices to the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics and to WHO Europe on housing and health.

In her professional work, Liz is committed to developing and communicating smart, targeted hygiene and infection control strategies that can be deployed to protect against community-based infections and reduce antibiotic resistance. This includes informing the general public on hygiene and infection control practices that impact our daily lives e.g. surface disinfection, hand hygiene, targeted hygiene practices, food safety and controlling the chain of infection, at the same time, recognizing the importance of the human microbiome and exposure to the normal microbial flora of the human environment.

Email: scotte2@simmons.edu
Social Media: Twitter handle @hygienehealth

Full Professor of Hygiene and Public Health at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan and Director of the School of Public health (Igiene e Medicina Preventiva). 

Professor Signorelli has degrees in Medicine & Surgery, Law and Political Sciences. Master and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of London (LSHTM) and PhD in public health.

Author of over 1,600 scientific and journalistic publications (230 of which on PubMed and 40 university textbooks). H-index: 36. Coordinator of research projects including EU Commission H2020 on economic and social aspects of COVID-19. He is a member of several commissions and working groups including the COVID-19 Technical Scientific Committee of the Lombardy Region and the Presidency off the Italian National Immunization Technical Advisory Group – NITAG.

He gained teaching experience in various universities including Milan Polytechnic, Bocconi, Sapienza, Parma, LIUC, Maastricht and LSHTM. He is Past-President of the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health and the President-elected of the Association of the Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER). He is a freelance scientific journalist and editor of the Newsletter (www.igienistionline.it).

A Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner, with her PhD in hygiene behaviour change, Lisa has been involved with the food industry and consumer hygiene for over 35 years. She ran a consultancy, Hygiene Audit Systems for 28 years till its sale in 2015, and continued to offer consultancy and expert advice to industry, consumers and the mass media till 2021 when she joined Reckitt. Working with UK Hospitality, she engaged with government agencies, departments and other stakeholders, contributing to and leading on the development of Industry Guidance on food safety issues, and more latterly on industry coronavirus controls. A regular spokesperson on radio and TV, Lisa is passionate about “translating” science about hygiene in an easily digestible format to help improve knowledge and understanding. She now works as Director of Medical and Scientific Engagement, Hygiene for Reckitt, providing assistance and guidance globally for the business.

At the Royal Society for Public Health, Lisa is a Professorial Fellow, a Trustee, Chair of the Qualifications Committee and Chair of the Food Special Interest Group.

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