Dr Brian Rice
BSc MSc PhD
of Disease Surveillance Methodology
15-17 Tavistock Place
I am an Epidemiologist specialising in surveillance methodology and the use of routinely collected data. Over the past 20+ years, in a number of different settings, I have designed, implemented and supported methods to attain accessible, timely, and reliable data to better inform HIV prevention and treatment interventions. I believe routinely collected community, laboratory and clinic data present a low cost, robust and timely tool to not only monitor our response to national HIV epidemics but also play a direct role in reducing incidence, promoting prompt diagnoses, and ensuring HIV care is optimal for all.
As an Associate Professor at the school, I sit on a number of national and international panels / advisory groups focusing on maximising the potential of HIV data, and I co-direct the Centre for Evaluation. As the director of the Measurement and Surveillance of HIV epidemics (MeSH) and the co-director of the Sustainable Development Goals Health and Wellbeing (SDG-HaW) consortia, I collaborate with an array of fantastic partners in southern Africa that share my goal of providing high-quality information on key outcomes in relevant populations, to support resource allocation and realignment. Previous roles I have had include HIV Epidemiologist at the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies in South Africa, and Principal HIV Scientist at Public Health England.
In addition to the collection and use of routine data, I also advocate for social mobility within education / science / academia, and the consideration of socioeconomic class in activities promoting equality and diversity. Having left school aged sixteen with few qualifications, I applied for a university education following seven years of combined full-time work and night classes. Some thirty years later I remain surprised by how people from less privileged backgrounds appear to be underrepresented in science / academia. Like HIV data, an area requiring improvement.
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.