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Professor Peter Smith

CBE BSc DSc HonMFPH FMedSci

Professor
of Tropical Epidemiology

Room
103a

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 20 7927 2246

Peter Smith is Professor of Tropical Epidemiology. He joined LSHTM in 1979 to head the MRC Tropical Epidemiology Unit (now Group) and headed the Department (now Faculty) of Epidemiology and Population Sciences from 1990-96. He headed the Department (now Faculty) 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, Geneva (1987).  He served on, then chaired, the UK Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee, which advised the government on BSE and vCJD from 1996 to 2002, and was a Governor of the Wellcome Trust from 2005 to 2014. He currently serves on, or chairs, a number of international scientific advisory committees, including EDCTP and CEPI and several for the World Health Organisation.

Affiliations

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Centres

Centre for Evaluation
History in Public Health
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

Sensitivity and negative predictive value for a rapid dengue test.
Flasche S; Smith PG
2019
The Lancet. Infectious diseases
Deliberations of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization on the use of CYD-TDV dengue vaccine.
Wilder-Smith A; Hombach J; Ferguson N; Selgelid M; O'Brien K; Vannice K; Barrett A; Ferdinand E; Flasche S; Guzman M
2018
The Lancet infectious diseases
Case-control vaccine effectiveness studies: Data collection, analysis and reporting results.
Verani JR; Baqui AH; Broome CV; Cherian T; Cohen C; Farrar JL; Feikin DR; Groome MJ; Hajjeh RA; Johnson HL
2017
Vaccine
Case-control vaccine effectiveness studies: Preparation, design, and enrollment of cases and controls.
Verani JR; Baqui AH; Broome CV; Cherian T; Cohen C; Farrar JL; Feikin DR; Groome MJ; Hajjeh RA; Johnson HL
2017
Vaccine
Evaluation of Convalescent Plasma for Ebola Virus Disease in Guinea
van Griensven J; Edwards T; de Lamballerie X; Semple MG; Gallian P; Baize S; Horby PW; Raoul H; Magassouba N; Antierens A
2016
The New England journal of medicine
Placebo use in vaccine trials: Recommendations of a WHO expert panel.
Rid A; Saxena A; Baqui AH; Bhan A; Bines J; Bouesseau MC; Caplan A; Colgrove J; Dhai A; Gomez-Diaz R
2014
Vaccine
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