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Science meetings

Science meetings take two forms. Seminars take the form of a formal presentation by a single speaker. Discussion groups are less formal and generally comprise unstructured discussion of up to three issues. Anyone associated with the unit is eligible to contribute to either type of meeting, and staff and students are encouraged to contribute to at least one science meeting each year. Visitors to the unit are particularly welcome to speak at science meetings.

Email Christian Bottomley if you would like to contribute to a science meeting or with any further enquiries about the programme.

Timetable for meetings



Friday 6th - 12:45 LG80 (Bennett Room), Keppel Street

Esther Van Kleef (upgrading seminar) - "Modelling the population-level effect of Clostridium difficile vaccination as part of an integrated healthcare associated infection prevention and control strategy"


Monday 18th - 12:45-14:00, LG9, Keppel Street

Effua Usuf - "The introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine to the Gambia"

Wednesday 13th - 12:45, John Snow A, Keppel Street

Priya Agrawal (upgrading seminar)  "Improving quality of care for institutional deliveries in low-income setting: Development and evaluation of the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist Programme in India"

Thursday 7th  - 12:45pm - LG7 (Geoffrey Rose Room), Keppel Street

Francesca Cavallaro (upgrading seminar)  "Timeliness of emergency obstetric referral and surgery in Burkina Faso"


Monday 14th - 12:45-14:00, LG9, Keppel Street Robert V. Gibbons, Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS) Bangkok - "The History of the Kamphaeng Phet - AFRIMS Virology Research Unit: A Model for Community-based Collaborative Scientific and Clinical Research"

There is a great need for field studies to evaluate medical diagnostic tests and therapeutic and preventive interventions in disease endemic areas.  The Kamphaeng Phet-AFRIMS Virology Research Unit (KAVRU) was established in 1982 to evaluate a new assay for Japanese encephalitis.  Since that modest beginning extensive research has been accomplished and more is being conducted at the site than ever before.  Personal relationships were extremely important in selecting Kamphaeng Phet as the location for the field unit. Since then rapport has been built over many years to sustain the field site unit and move research forward.  Over 70 publications on Japanese encephalitis, hepatitis, dengue, influenza, and other pathogens have come from work at KAVRU.  Multiple diagnostic test evaluations have been done with samples from the work in Kamphaeng Phet.  Importantly, licensure of a Japanese encephalitis vaccine and hepatitis A vaccine resulted from phase 3 trials conducted there and a phase 3 study of a dengue vaccine is now in progress.  In addition, extensive progress on infectious disease epidemiology has been made through work at this collaborative research unit.  Collaborations in host countries with endemic pathogens of public health interest are essential.  KAVRU has been a model for such community-based collaborative research for 30 years.


COL Robert V. Gibbons, MD, MPH was appointed Chief of the Department of Virology, AFRIMS in July 2006 after serving in multiple clinical and research positions in the US Army.  He is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver and trained in Internal Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center near Seattle, Washington.   He served as a CDC Epidemiology Intelligence Service officer from 1999 to 2001 and went on to conduct dengue vaccine research for three years at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Maryland.  As Chief of the Department of Virology he directs a multi-faceted research department with a staff of 4 military officers and more than 80 host-country civilian employees, an annual budget over $5 million, and collaborating partners from the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, industry, academia, and foreign governments in infectious disease research including vaccine, diagnostic, and surveillance studies.


Monday 30th 12:45-14:00, LG9, Keppel Street

Charlotte Jackson - "The impact of school closures on the transmission dynamics of pathogens"


Wednesday 25th - 12:45pm, LG80 (Bennett Room)

Ghina Mumtaz (Upgrading Seminar) - "The epidemiology of HIV infection among high-risk populations in the Middle East and North Africa"

Monday 23rd 12:45 - LG7 (Geoffrey Rose Room), Keppel Street

Theodore Knight-Jones (Upgrading Seminar) - "Field evaluation of foot and mouth disease (FMD) vaccination programmes"

Wednesday 11th at 12.45pm, Bennett Room (LG80)

Tom Peto - "Infant Hepatitis B Vaccination - Follow Up at 20 Years")





Tuesday 28th - 12:45 - Lucas Room (LG81)
Maureen O'Leary (Upgrading Seminar) - "Improving the vaccination of normal and high-risk infants in rural Ghana; an analysis of determinants using population and cohort data"



Wednesday 11th - 12:45-14:00 - Lucas Room, Keppel Street

Laura Ferguson - "Linking women who test HIV-positive in pregnancy-related services to HIV care and treatment services in Kenya: Missed opportunities"



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