Per Ashorn works as Professor of Paediatrics and Director of the Center for Child Health Research at the University of Tampere, Finland. He is a specialist medical doctor in paediatrics and paediatric infectious diseases and he has worked both as a laboratory scientist, a clinical physician, a public health specialist, an administrator, and a university teacher. He has conducted research and been involved in academic teaching and public health in four continents and worked at the World Health Organization to translate knowledge into guidelines and policies. Dr. Ashorn’s current research is focused on maternal and child health in low-income settings, with a special emphasis on the interaction between infections, preterm birth and undernutrition on various health outcomes. Dr. Ashorn has published approximately 200 scientific articles and supervised some 30 graduate or post-graduate students on their thesis work.