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The Forum for Global Health Protection (FGHP) is being established to respond to calls from the scientific and policymaking communities for a source of easily accessible, authoritative information about new and emerging health threats.

Independent from governments and focusing on new and emerging health threats, the not-for-profit Forum will collate and disseminate a wide range of information, making it available free of charge to enable informed decision-making.

Areas covered by the FGHP will include:

• emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases
• hazardous chemicals and poisons
• ionizing and non-ionizing radiation
• natural and man-made disasters
• emerging environmental hazards
• deliberate or malicious release of chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear material
• emergency preparedness and response.

The FGHP works in close association with – but independent from – the UK’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) and has strong links with other health-related organizations across the globe.

Professor Pat Troop, head of the Forum’s International Scientific Advisory Board and CEO of the HPA, said:

“It is critical that up-to-date, accurate information on new and emerging health threats is made available – quickly and easily. To address this, the FGHP will use an Open-Access model, meaning that the full text of content on the FGHP website and all FGHP publications will be accessible free of charge, from the day of publication.

“Uniquely and importantly, this Open-Access policy also extends to authors. No charge will be made for publication in the Forum’s academic journal, the Journal of Global Health Protection, scheduled for launch in January 2007.”

Editor-in-chief of the new Journal is Dr Andrew Robertson, director of the Health Protection Group at the Department of Health in Western Australia. Calling for papers from the scientific, academic, industrial, clinical practice, public health, and government research and planning communities, Dr Robertson said:

“We invite authors to submit high-quality papers within the aims and scope of the Journal – full details of which appear on the FGHP website. Content will be determined by scientific excellence, novelty, and scope of the threat.

“We aim to publish abstracts of papers online within a few days of acceptance, with a full version of the paper becoming available after a few weeks. A print version of the Journal will be available from March 2007.”

The Forum’s other information initiatives will incorporate:

• a global news service - reporting and reviewing information, and linking to sources around the world

• a newsletter for the international business community - distilling the latest scientific research on global health threats into a form and language appropriate for a professional but non-scientific audience

• a wiki of emerging health threats - as a quick and easy way to find an overview of a health threat and updates on the latest information

• an online forum - enabling clinicians, scientists, and public-health officials to exchange information and opinions on emerging health threats on a community message board

• a resource of information - covering conferences, grant application deadlines, employment opportunities, and links to other agencies.

The FGHP is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, supported by corporate sponsorship. Zurich Financial Services provided the funding for the Forum’s initial activities.

The Forum’s directors include: Sir Rod Eddington, former CEO of British Airways; Marian Bell CBE, member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee; the Right Honourable Baroness Bottomley, Minister for Health, 1992 – 1995; Geoffrey Riddell, CEO of the Global Corpo-rate Business of Zurich Financial Services; and Robert Webb QC, Non-Executive Director of the London Stock Exchange.

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Notes to editors:

For further information about the FGHP, contact Joe de Courcy, CEO, on +44 (0)20 7251 0012, visit www.fghp.org, or email info@fghp.org. Authors seeking to contribute to the Journal of Global Health Protection should visit the Journal at www.fghp.org/journal or contact journal@fghp.org.

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About the Forum for Global Health Protection (FGHP): www.fghp.org

The Forum for Global Health Protection (FGHP) is a free information service, objectively reporting intelligence on new and emerging health threats.

Established to contribute to global health protection by uniquely addressing the need for authoritative information about new health threats, the FGHP works in close association with, but independent from, the UK’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) and has strong links with other health-related organizations across the globe.

Independent from all governments, the not-for-profit FGHP will collate and disseminate the wide range of information required by scientists, public-health professionals, policymakers, and fund-holders to assess the danger from new and emerging health threats.

The FGHP differs from many other health-related organizations and publishers because all its information resources, including peer-reviewed original research, are available free of charge — no subscription charges to readers and no publication charges to authors.

The FGHP is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, supported by corporate sponsorship. Zurich Financial Services has provided the funding for the Forum’s initial activities.

The FGHP directors include: Sir Rod Eddington, Baroness Bottomley, Marian Bell CBE, Geoffrey Riddell and Robert Webb QC.

About the Journal of Global Health Protection: www.fghp.org/journal
The Journal of Global Health Protection is an international, peer-reviewed journal focused on new and emerging threats to human health.

It is being established to publish the latest research of the highest standard covering these main areas:

• emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases
• hazardous chemicals and poisons
• ionizing and non-ionizing radiation
• natural and man-made disasters
• emerging environmental hazards
• deliberate or malicious release of chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear materials
• emergency preparedness and response.

The Journal will be published online and in print on an OPEN ACCESS basis, with NO CHARGES to authors or readers. Papers will be deposited in PubMedCentral or the UK version of PMC being set up.

The Journal of Global Health Protection seeks high-quality submissions from academic, industrial, clinical practice, public health, and government research and planning sectors; of original research articles, reviews, commentaries, and perspectives on new and emerging threats to human health. Content will be determined by novelty and scope of the threat, and scientific excellence.

The Journal welcomes investigative studies that promote the understanding of factors involved in the emergence, prevention, and elimination of human health threats. Studies involving animal models will be considered if there is a clear relevance to human health. Studies that appropriately employ multiple investigative techniques are preferred over those that rely on a single methodology.

Articles on funding, research, and resource allocation - identifying possible present and future deficiencies - are welcome if there is specific relevance to emerging threats.

The readership of the Journal will be professionals in academic, industrial, clinical practice, public health, and government research and planning sectors.

Initially being published on a quarterly basis, the Journal is expected to be available monthly within 12–24 months.

Accepted articles will have abstracts published online within days of the final decision with a citable DOI. Full, typeset articles will be published online within six weeks of acceptance before being assigned to an issue.

A list of the Journal’s associate editors and editorial board is available at www.fghp.org/editorialboard

ISSN (Online) 1752-8550
ISSN (Print) 1752-8542




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