Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance

Gunnar Skov Simonsen

Gunnar Skov Simonsen MD, PhD (born 1965) is Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the University of Tromsø and Director of the Department of Microbiology and Infection Control at the University Hospital of North Norway in Tromsø, Norway. He is also in charge of NORM – The Norwegian Organization for Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance and editor of the yearly report on antibiotic consumption and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) among humans and animals in Norway (NORM / NORM-VET). His research interests are within molecular epidemiology of AMR as well as population-based studies of host-microbe interactions in bacterial colonization and infection. He has co-authored more than 70 papers in international peer-reviewed scientific journals.Simonsen has previously served as Medical Officer at WHO HQ in Geneva (2002 – 2003) working with surveillance issues and implementation of the WHO Global Strategy for Containment of Antimicrobial Resistance. Since 2003 he has regularly contributed at WHO consultations at regional and global levels. He has been involved in surveillance activities in North-Western Russia and is presently enganged in a project for AMR-related capacity building in education and health services in Malawi and Mozambique. Within Europe, Simonsen is the Norwegian National Focal Point for AMR at the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) as well as member of the Coordination Group for the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net). He worked 2012-2013 with the WHONET group at the WHO Collaborating Center for Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance at Brigham and Women´s Hospital / Harvard Medical School in Boston (USA).