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Prof Sarah O'Brien MB BS, FRCP, FFPHM, DTM&H

Professor Public Health and Policy


Personal Statement

I qualified in Medicine in 1986 at Newcastle University. I undertook Higher Specialist Training in Public Health Medicine in Oxford and Newcastle-upon Tyne. I have held Consultant positions in Health Protection in Birmingham, Glasgow and London before joining the University of Manchester in 2004 as Professor of Health Sciences and Epidemiology. I moved to the University of Liverpool in 2011 as Professor of Infection Epidemiology and Zoonoses.

Personal Distinctions

  • What's on your plate? (Invitation to Speak, Quincentennial Society of the Royal College of Physicians, London 2016)
  • Campylobacter: epidemiology of an enigmatic organism (Keynote Speech, 18th International Workshop on Campylobacter and Helicobacter-Related Organisms (CHRO 2015), Rotorua, NZ 2015)
  • Surveillance to link food-producing animals, the environment and human medicine as a progressive measure to limit future resistance problems (Keynote Speech, University College Dublin 2014)
  • Foodborne Viruses (Invitation to Speak, Food and Water Microbiology Proficiency Testing International Meeting, SOAS London, October 2014 2014)
  • What's on the horizon? (Invitation to Speak, Food Safety Conference organised by Food Manufacture 2014)
  • Foodborne Viruses (Invitation to Speak, Leatherhead Food Research 2014)
  • What has changed in 10 years in relation to gastrointestinal illnesses? (Invitation to Speak, Innovet Organising Committee 2012)
  • (How) can surveillance be linked to inspections/audits? (Invitation to Speak, Highfield ABC 2012)
  • Foodborne Viruses: Trends and Control (Invitation to Speak, Campden BRI 2012)
  • Molecular Epidemiological Approaches for Managing Foodborne Disease (Invitation to Speak, Food Standards Agency 2012)
  • There’s a lot of it about! The burden of diarrhoeal disease in the United Kingdom (Invitation to Speak, Institute of Food Research, Norwich 2012)
  • Salmonella and imported eggs and poultry (Invitation to Speak, SfAM 2012)
  • Burden of Illness Studies (Invitation to Speak, Robert Koch Institute 2011)
  • Gastrointestinal Zoonoses in the UK: the changing demography of foodborne disease (Invitation to Speak, National Centre for Zoonosis Research 2011)
  • The Second Study of Infectious Intestinal Disease in the Community (Invitation to Speak, Health Protection Agency 2011)
  • Foodborne Viral Infections (Invitation to Speak, Chartered Institute for Environmental Health 2011)
  • Infection Control Measures for Norovirus (Invitation to Speak, ICAAC 2010)
  • Epidemiology of food-borne infection in the elderly: what has changed and why did it change? (Invitation to Speak, ESCMID 2010)

Administrative Roles

  • Chair, University of Liverpool Research Governance Committee
  • Director of the National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit in Gastrointestinal Infections, which is a partnership with Public Health England in collaboration with the Universities of East Anglia and Oxford and the Institute of Food Research

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