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Professor Peter Smith

CBE BSc DSc HonMFPH FMedSci

Professor
of Tropical Epidemiology

Peter Smith is Professor of Tropical Epidemiology. He headed the Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases until 2002, a position he occupied from the formation of the department in 1997. He graduated in mathematics from City University, London and joined the Medical Research Council's Statistical Research Unit in 1965. Since then he has worked on various aspects of epidemiological and statistical research in: MRC Clinical and Population Cytogenetics Research Unit, Edinburgh (1967-69); Makerere University Medical School, Uganda (1970-71); International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France and Uganda (1971-72); Imperial Cancer Research Fund Cancer Epidemiology Unit, Oxford (1972-79); Harvard School of Public Health, Boston (1987); and the Tropical Diseases Research Programme of WHO (1987). He joined LSHTM in 1979 to head the MRC Tropical Epidemiology Unit and headed the Department of Epidemiology and Population Sciences from 1990-96. He served as a Governor of the Wellcome Trust from 2005 to 2014. He currently chairs and serves on a number of international advisory committees including several for the World Health Organisation.

Affiliations

Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Centres

Centre for Evaluation
History in Public Health
International Diagnostics Centre
Malaria Centre
Tuberculosis (TB) Centre
Vaccine Centre

Research

Research interests include large-scale intervention studies against tropical diseases, including vaccine trials, most recently against malaria, dengue and Ebola Virus disease. He was involved in research on the link between Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in humans. He also serves on a number of international committees relating to intervention studies against some of the major tropical diseases, including malaria and dengue.

Research Area
Clinical trials
Diagnostics
Parasites
Public health
Statistical methods
Vaccines
Viruses
Disease control
Global Health
Immunisation
Randomised controlled trials
Discipline
Epidemiology
Statistics
Vaccinology
Disease and Health Conditions
CJD
HIV/AIDS
Infectious disease
Leishmaniasis
Leprosy
Malaria
Tuberculosis
Dengue
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Tropical diseases
Country
United Kingdom
Ghana
Gambia, The
India
Malawi
Norway
Sierra Leone
Uganda
Region
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

The use of Ebola Convalescent Plasma to treat Ebola Virus Disease in resource constrained settings: A perspective from the field.
van Griensven, J.; De Weiggheleire, A.; Delamou, A.; Smith, P.G.; Edwards, T.; Vandekerckhove, P.; Bah, E.I.; Colebunders, R.; Herve, I.; Lazaygues, C.; Haba, N.; Lynen, L.;
Clin Infect Dis
The impact of childhood vaccines on bacterial carriage in the nasopharynx: a longitudinal study.
Bottomley, C. ; Bojang, A. ; Smith, P.G. ; Darboe, O. ; Antonio, M. ; Foster-Nyarko, E. ; Kampmann, B. ; Greenwood, B. ; D'Alessandro, U. ; Roca, A. ;
Emerg Themes Epidemiol
Prospective observational study to evaluate the clinical safety of the fixed-dose artemisinin-based combination Eurartesim® (dihydroartemisinin/piperaquine), in public health facilities in Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Ghana, and Tanzania.
Baiden, R. ; Oduro, A. ; Halidou, T. ; Gyapong, M. ; Sie, A. ; Macete, E. ; Abdulla, S. ; Owusu-Agyei, S. ; Mulokozi, A. ; Adjei, A. ; Sevene, E. ; Compaoré, G. ; Valea, I. ; Osei, I. ; Yawson, A. ; Adjuik, M. ; Akparibo, R. ; Ogutu, B. ; Upunda, G.L. ; Smith, P. ; Binka, F. ;
Malar J
Field Trials of Health Interventions: A Toolbox
Smith, P.G.; Morrow, R.H.; Ross, D.A.
3rd Edition
Protection by BCG against tuberculosis: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials.
Mangtani, P.; Abubakar, I.; Ariti, C.; Beynon, R.; Pimpin, L.; Fine, P.E.; Rodrigues, L.C.; Smith, P.G.; Lipman, M.; Whiting, P.F.; Sterne, J.A.;
Clin Infect Dis
Placebo use in vaccine trials: Recommendations of a WHO expert panel.
Rid, A.; Saxena, A.; Baqui, A.H.; Bhan, A.; Bines, J.; Bouesseau, M.C.; Caplan, A.; Colgrove, J.; Dhai, A.; Gomez-Diaz, R.; Green, S.K.; Kang, G.; Lagos, R.; Loh, P.; London, A.J.; Mulholland, K.; Neels, P.; Pitisuttithum, P.; Sarr, S.C.; Selgelid, M.; Sheehan, M.; Smith, P.G.;
Vaccine
Assessment of the RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine
Moorthy, V. S.; Newman, R. D.; Duclos, P.; Okwo-Bele, J. M.; Smith, P. G.
Lancet Infectious Diseases
Long-term safety assessment of live attenuated tetravalent dengue vaccines: Deliberations from a WHO technical consultation
Bentsi-Enchill, A. D.; Schmitz, J.; Edelman, R.; Durbin, A.; Roehrig, J. T.; Smith, P. G.; Hombach, J.; Farrar, J.; Live Dengue Vaccines, Tech
Vaccine
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