Dr Brian Rice
BSc MSc PhD
& Deputy Director of the Measurement and Surveillance of HIV Epidemics (MeSH) Consortium
15-17 Tavistock Place
I am an Epidemiologist specialising in surveillance methodology and the use of routinely collected data. I have conducted research on the changing trends of HIV infection in the UK, Europe, and Southern Africa. I have also developed methods for accurately describing risk of HIV infection among migrant groups in the UK and Europe.
My PhD, entitled "How is the epidemiology of heterosexually-acquired HIV infection evolving, particularly among black Africans, in England, Wales and Northern Ireland?" was awarded by City University London.
On leaving school aged 16, with pretty well no qualifications and at the very peak of unemployment, I joined a government work training scheme. Although politically dubious, the scheme opened up (through payment) the world of night school - seven years of combined work and night classes presented me with the key to apply for a university education.
Between 1986 and 2000 I was employed within Local Authorities and the National Health Service in the UK, I was awarded a BSc in Earth & Life sciences, I won a national dissertation prize, and I travelled and worked in South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
After completing my MSc in Environmental Epidemiology and Policy at LSHTM in 2001, I commenced work at the Public Health Laboratory Service as an HIV surveillance scientist. Subsequent roles have included HIV Epidemiologist at the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies in South Africa and Principal HIV Scientist at Public Health England.
In September 2015, I took up my current position at the school as an Associate Professor where I am the deputy director of the Measurement and Surveillance of HIV epidemics (MeSH) and the Sustainable Development Goals Health and Wellbeing (SDG-HaW) consortia. I currently sit on a number of national and international panels / advisory groups focusing on maximising the potential of HIV data.
At the school, I am involved with the Global Health Policy distance learning programme and the Principles and Practice of Public Health module.
I have conducted research on the changing trends of HIV infection in the UK, Europe, and South Africa, and in developing methods for accurately describing risk of HIV infection among migrant groups. In addition to HIV, I have published research focusing on tuberculosis and Hepatitis C.