Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Centres: RVC Quantitative Biology Resource, Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health

Guillaume is a veterinarian and epidemiologist. He is currently involved in projects focusing on avian influenza, peste des petits ruminants, joint economic and epidemiological modelling, and the role of live animal trade networks in the spread of animal and zoonotic diseases.

Guillaume graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Veterinary School of Alfort, France, in 2005. He obtained an MSc in Ecology from the University Pierre and Marie Curie Paris VI in 2006, and completed a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. He joined the RVC as a PhD student in October 2007.

Funded by the Bloomsbury consortium, his PhD was undertaken in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Imperial College. Guillaume was awarded his PhD in 2011 and subsequently commenced a research fellowship.

One of Guillaume’s key research interests is understanding the way in which livestock production systems shape the emergence, spread, and maintenance of infectious diseases. His past and current research activities have included mathematical modelling of disease transmission, network analysis, qualitative and quantitative risk assessment, multivariate analysis, and designing and conducting field surveys in domestic and wildlife populations in Africa, Asia and South America.

Guillaume’s MSc focused on the distribution of intestinal nematodes in tortoise populations in Galapagos, Ecuador. For his PhD research, Guillaume investigated the role of live bird market systems in the spread and maintenance of avian influenza A (H5N1) virus in Viet Nam and Cambodia. He has contributed to several research projects led by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), aiming to inform surveillance and control programs in Viet Nam and in Egypt. He also contributed to the development of FAO global guidelines for the surveillance, emergency risk assessment and risk management of avian influenza A (H7N9).

Guillaume is currently implementing a £1.7 million project funded by the ZELS initiative, with Dirk Pfeiffer as principal investigator. This project aims to explore the epidemiology of avian influenza viruses and behavioural adaptations of live poultry traders and farmers in Bangladesh.

His other current research activities include assessing the role of live animal trade in the emergence and re-emergence of animal and zoonotic diseases, estimating the level of transmission of peste des petits ruminants virus in Ethiopia, and developing joint economic-epidemiological models of disease transmission within livestock populations.

Fournié G, Pfeiffer DU, Bendrey R (2017) Early animal farming and zoonotic disease dynamics: modelling brucellosis transmission in Neolithic goat populations. Royal Society Open Science, 4:160943.

Baudon E, Fournié G,Hiep DT, Pham TT, Duboz R, Gély M, Peiris M, Cowling BJ, Ton VD, Peyre M (2017) Analysis of Swine Movements in a Province in Northern Vietnam and Application in the Design of Surveillance Strategies for Infectious Diseases. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, 64(2):411-424.

Fournié G, Tripodi A, Nguyen TT, Nguyen VT, Tran TT, Bisson A, Pfeiffer DU, Newman SH (2016) Investigating poultry trade patterns to guide avian influenza surveillance and control: a case study in Vietnam. Scientific Reports, 6:29463.

Vergne T, Fournié G, Markovich MP, Ypma R, Katz R, Shkoda I, Lublin A, Perk S, Pfeiffer DU (2016) Transmission tree of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) epidemic in Israel, 2015. Veterinary Research, 47:109.

Nathues H, Fournié G, Wieland B, Pfeiffer D, Stark K (2016) Modelling the within-herd transmission of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in closed pig herds. Porcine Health Management, 2-10.

Molia S, Boly IA, Duboz R, Coulibaly B, Guitian J, Grosbois V, Fournié G, Pfeiffer DU (2016) Live bird markets characterization and trading network analysis in Mali: Implications for the surveillance and control of avian influenza and Newcastle disease. Acta Tropica, 155:77-88.

Delabouglise A, Antoine-Moissiaux N, Tatong D, Chumkaeo A, Binot A, Fournié G, Pilot E, Phimpraphi W, Kasemsuwan S, Paul MC, Duboz R, Salem G, Peyre M (2016) Cultural Practices Shaping Zoonotic Diseases Surveillance: The Case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza and Thailand Native Chicken Farmers. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases [Epub ahead of print].

Fournié G, Kearsley-Fleet L, Otte J, Pfeiffer DU (2015) Spatiotemporal trends in the discovery of new swine infectious agents. Veterinary Research, 46(1):114.

Fournié G, Goodman SJ, Cruz M, Cedeño V, Vélez A, Patiño L, Millins C, Gibbons LM, Fox MT, Cunningham AA (2015) Biogeography of parasitic nematode communities in the Galápagos giant tortoise: implications for conservation management. PLoS One, 10(9):e0135684.

Barnett T, Fournié G, Gupta S, Seeley J (2015) Some considerations concerning the challenge of incorporating social variables into epidemiological models of infectious disease transmission. Global Public Health, 10(4):438-448.

Bronner A, Morignat E, Fournié G, Vergne T, Vinard JL, Gay E, Calavas D (2015) Syndromic surveillance of abortions in beef cattle based on the prospective analysis of spatio-temporal variations of calvings. Scientific Reports, 5:18285.

Bronner A, Morignat E, Gay E, Vergne T, Fournié G, Pfeiffer DU, Calavas D (2015) Iso-population partition: An innovative epidemiological approach to mapping and analyzing spatially aggregated data. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 122(3):253-6.

Delabouglise A, Dao TH, Truong DB, Nguyen TT, Nguyen NT, Duboz R, Fournié G, Antoine-Moissiaux N, Grosbois V, Vu DT, Le TH, Nguyen VK, Salem G, Peyre M (2015) When private actors matter: Information-sharing network and surveillance of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Vietnam. Acta Tropica, 147:38-44.

Fournié G, Pfeiffer DU (2014) Can closure of live poultry markets halt the spread of H7N9? The Lancet, 383(9916):496-7.

Fournié G, Jones BA, Beauvais W, Njeumi F, Lubroth J, Cameron A, Pfeiffer DU (2014) The risk of rinderpest re-introduction in post-eradication era. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 113(2):175-84.

Costard S, Fournié G, Pfeiffer DU (2014) Using risk assessment as part of a systems approach to the control and prevention of HPAIV H5N1. Ecohealth, 11(1):36-43.

Fournié G, Guitian J, Desvaux S, Vu Chi C, Dung Do H, Pfeiffer DU, Mangtani P,  Ghani AC. (2013) Interventions for avian influenza A (H5N1) risk management in live bird market networks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(22):9177-82.

Fournié G, Beauvais W, Jones BA, Lubroth J, Ambrosini F, Njeumi F, Cameron A, Pfeiffer DU (2013) Rinderpest virus sequestration and usage in the post-eradication era. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 19(1):151-3.

Fournié G, Pfeiffer DU (2013) Monitoring and controlling disease spread through live animal market networks. Veterinary Journal, 195(1):8-9.

Dean AS, Fournié G, Kulo AE, Boukaya GA, Schelling E, Bonfoh B (2013) Potential risk of regional disease spread in West Africa through cross-border cattle trade. PLoS One, 8(10):e75570.

Beauvais W, Fournié G, Jones BA, Cameron A, Njeumi F, Lubroth J, Pfeiffer DU (2013) Modelling the expected rate of laboratory biosafety breakdowns involving rinderpest virus in the post-eradication era. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 112(3-4):248-56.

Mweu MM, Fournié G, Halasa T, Toft N, Nielsen SS. (2013) Temporal characterisation of the network of Danish cattle movements and its implication for disease control: 2000 – 2009. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 110(3-4):379-87.

Fournié G, Guitian J, Desvaux S, Mangtani P, Ly S, Vu Chi C, San S, Dung Do H, Holl D, Pfeiffer DU, Vong S, Ghani AC (2012) Identifying live bird markets with the potential to act as reservoirs of avian influenza A (H5N1) virus: a survey in northern Viet Nam and Cambodia. PLoS One, 7(6):e37986.

Fournié G, Rushton J, Pfeiffer DU (2012) Disease modelling and the human factor. Veterinary Records, 170(6):157-8.

Bataille A, Fournié G, Cruz M, Cedeño V, Parker PG, Cunningham AA, Goodman SJ (2012) Host selection and parasite infection in Aedes taeniorhynchus, endemic disease vector in the Galápagos Islands. Infection Genetics Evolution, 12(8):1831-41.

Fournié G, Guitian FJ, Mangtani P, Ghani AC (2011) Impact of the implementation of rest days in live bird markets on the dynamics of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 8(61):1079-8.

Fournié G, De Glanville W, Pfeiffer DU (2011) Epidemiology of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus strain type H5N1, in: Health and Animal Agriculture in Developing Countries, by Zilberman D, Otte J, Roland-Holst D, Pfeiffer DU (Springer & FAO).

Fournié G, Walker P, Porphyre T, Métras R, Pfeiffer DU (2011) Mathematical models of infectious diseases in livestock: concepts and application to the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus strain type H5N1, in: Health and Animal Agriculture in Developing Countries, by Zilberman D, Otte J, Roland-Holst D, Pfeiffer DU (Springer & FAO).

Métras R, Soares Magalhaes RJ, Hoang Dinh Q, Fournié G, Gilbert J, Do Huu D, Roland-Holst D, Pfeiffer DU (2011) An assessment of the feasibility of a poultry tracing scheme for smallholders in Viet Nam. Revue Scientifique et technique OIE, 30(3):703-14.

Guillaume has taught veterinary epidemiology, statistics, mathematical modelling, and risk assessment at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, in the UK and abroad, including in Bangladesh, Canada, China, Ireland, Mexico and Viet Nam. He has designed and regularly delivered introductory and advanced training workshops in network analysis and modelling.

Guillaume is a member of the expert committee for animal health for the French agency for food, environmental and occupational health and safety (ANSES).

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