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Chair Neurology, Director Institute Infection Global Health Clinical Infection, Microbiology and Immunology


Personal Statement

ROLES: Director of the Institute of Infection and Global Health; Head of the Brain Infections Group; Professor of Neurological Science; Honorary Consultant Neurologist, Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

---------CAREER: I studied medicine at Wadham College, Oxford, before undertaking a PhD on central nervous system infections in Vietnam, with a Wellcome Trust Advanced Training Fellowship. I then became a Clinical Lecturer in Neurology, Medical Microbiology and Tropical Medicine at the University of Liverpool, and was awarded a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship. This included two years as a visiting scientist at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas. I was made a Senior Lecturer in Neurology in Liverpool in 2005, and awarded a Medical Research Council Senior Clinical Fellowship the same year. I became Chair of Neurological Science in 2007, and Head of the newly formed Institute of Infection and Global Health in 2010.

----------RESEARCH: I head the Brain Infections Group, which, with more than 9 million pounds in funding in recent years, works to reduce the burden of neurological disease in the UK and globally.

----------PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT: This has included national TV and Radio work, as well as widening participation work with local schools. Raising awareness and charity funding my Running Mad Professor video on YouTuve got nearly 20,000 hits: I won the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon dressed as a doctor in 2010, and more recently a Guinness World Record for the Largest Human Image of an Organ – the World's Biggest Brain to celebrate the first Wolrd Encephalitis Day (see YouTube).

----------TWITTER @RunningMadProf

Personal Distinctions

  • Royal College of Physicians of London, Linacre Lectureship 2006 (Royal College of Physicians of London 2006)
  • Medical Research Council Senior Clinical Fellow (Competitive Fellowship, The Medical Research Council 2005)
  • Neurology Specialist Registrar Training Weekend ¿ Travel Bursary Competition (Prize, Neurology Specialist Registrar Training Weekend 2004)
  • Birmingham Movement Disorder Course April 2004, Video Competition, 1st Prize (Prize, Birmingham Movement Disorder Course 2004)
  • Invited Review Article (New England Journal of Medicine, Editorial Board 2004)
  • Viral encephalitis - Japanese encephalitis (Invitation to Speak, 14th International Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases ICCMID 2004, Prague. 2004)
  • Viral CNS Infections (Invitation to Speak, Swiss Academic Foundation for Education in Infectious Diseases - 14th Challenge in Virology Seminar 2004, Saanen, Swizerland 2004)
  • Vincenzo Marcolongo Memorial Lecture, 52nd Annual Meeting of the ASTMH, Philadeplpia, Pennsylvania (Keynote Speech, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2003)
  • Charles Symonds Prize (Prize, Association of British Neurologists 2003)
  • Neurovirulence of flaviviruses - evidence from clinical epidemiology (Invitation to Speak, Emergence and control of Zoonotic viral encephalitis. The Merieux Foundation Conference Centre "Les Pensieres", France 2003)
  • Meet the Professors - Asian Enigmas (Invitation to Speak, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting. Washington, DC 2002)
  • Japanese encephalitis - could we do more? (Keynote Speech, WHO / Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations, Southeast Asia and Western Pacific Regional Working Group's Japanese Encephalitis Meeting: Setting the Global Agenda on Public Health Solutions and National Needs. Bangkok 2002)
  • Treatment of Japanese encephalitis with interferon alpha (Invitation to Speak, National Institutes for Health (NIH): Therapeutics for West Nile Virus Infections, sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Washington, DC 2002)
  • Encephalitis - a global overview (Keynote Speech, Encephalitis Defined. Keele University 2002)
  • Flaviviruses and other emerging infections (Invitation to Speak, Oxford 2000 New challenges in tropical medicine and parasitology. Oxford: Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2000)
  • Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, The Wellcome Trust 2000)
  • Arbovirus encephalitis - a growing global problem (Invitation to Speak, Vector Biology Seminar Series. Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine 1999)

Administrative Roles

  • Director of the Institute of Infection and Global Health;
  • Head of the Brain Infections Group

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