Dr. Jean-Michel Heraud, Ph.D, is an Editorial Board Member of BMC Infectious Diseases. Virologist by training, he graduated in 2004 from the University Denis Diderot (Paris, France). After being a post-doc at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), he joined the Institut Pasteur de Madagascar as head of the WHO-National Influenza Centre, becoming chief of the virology unit. There, he developed several research and public health programs on various topics (influenza, arboviruses, zoonotic viruses, polioviruses, measles) and trained numerous Malagasy scientists. After many years of dedicated work in the field of public health, outbreak response, and virology in Madagascar, Dr. Heraud received the medal of the Knight of the National Order of Madagascar, by the President of the Republic of Madagascar. Recently, Dr. Heraud joined the Institut Pasteur de Dakar to develop new programs on Rabies and Viral encephalitis.
Were hadrosaurid hatchlings in need of extensive parental care? What are the barriers to successful antenatal smoking cessation for mothers struggling with their socio-economic situation? Can we improve our use of genomics and transcriptomics to identify oncological patients likely to benefit from DNA repair-targeting therapies? How long are we protected against COVID-19 after vaccination and when should we get the next booster? Are dentists ready and willing to implement virtual dental consultations?
According to the World Health Organisation, oral diseases pose a major public health burden worldwide, with almost 10% of the global population being affected by severe periodontal disease. Furthermore, numerous studies have demonstrated a connection between oral and overall health. For example, periodontal disease has been linked to many common non-communicable diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease and cancer. Therefore, a greater understanding of oral-systemic health is required to improve our general health and support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3, which aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being. BMC Oral Health has launched a new collection to bring together articles on oral-systemic health to highlight this need for knowledge.