Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

Doctor Kari Johansen

Expert in influenza and other respiratory viruses and vaccine preventable diseases at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

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Kari Johansen is Expert in Vaccinology at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control located in Stockholm, Sweden.

Dr Johansen obtained her medical degree from the Karolinska Institute, her specialty degrees in Pediatrics (2000) and Clinical Virology (2003) from the Karolinska University Hospital, and presented her PhD (1999) at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

Her interest for research in rotavirus epidemiology, immunology and pathogenesis lead her to public health, initially at the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control (SMI) where she was responsible for the WHO National Measles and Rubella laboratory during the years 2000-2008 and contributed to seroepidemiological studies assessing measles, mumps and rubella antibodies in the Swedish and European populations as well as long-term antibody and B-cell memory following MMR vaccination. She served as Scientific Secretary of the Swedish National Reference group for Vaccine Preventable Diseases (REFVAC) 2005-2008.

Dr Johansen joined the EU agency European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in 2008. At ECDC she is currently serving as vaccinology expert for the two disease programmes:

  • Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses and
  • Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

She is project manager for external EU-wide projects assessing vaccine effectiveness, vaccine safety and the use of data linkage of electronic health care databases in monitoring of vaccines and vaccination programmes. Since 2008 she has served in the EMA Vaccine Working Party representing ECDC.

Last updated: 21 February 2014