CB DSc FRCP FFPH FMedSci
of Public and International Health
Chris Whitty is a physician and epidemiologist who works in public health, science policy and clinical medicine. Professor of Public and International Health at LSHTM. Currently seconded as Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) alongside LSHTM and NHS roles; this includes leading the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), being first deputy Chief Medical Officer, responsibility for supporting evidence based health policy and for the UK life sciences industry. Consultant physician at UCLH in acute general medicine and in infectious diseases at The Hospital for Tropical Diseases, consultant PHE epidemiologist at the MRL. Visiting Gresham Professor of Public Health, Gresham College and from Aug 2018 Gresham Professor of Physic (a post dating from 1597). Chair of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration and of the UK vaccines network. Interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser, head of the Government Office for Science and head of the government science and engineering profession 2017-18. Chief Scientific Adviser, UK Department for International Development (DFID) 2009-2015. Trained in medicine and physiological science in Oxford, Edinburgh and London, worked as a clinician and in research in the UK, Africa and Asia. Postgraduate training in epidemiology (MSc LSHTM, DTM&H), economics (MBA, DipEcon), medical law (LLM). Trustee of Sightsavers. Previous posts include director of the multidisciplinary LSHTM Malaria Centre, trustee of the international health NGO Merlin, chair of the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP) and of the National Expert Panel on New and Emerging Infections (NEPNEI), and director of the ACT Consortium.
PhD/MD students, DTM&H, various MScs. Examples of some recent public lectures online on communicable diseases including malaria, Ebola, Zika, imported infections, eradicating disease. Examples of lectures on non-communicable diseases include health at the extreme ages of life, demography, cancer treatment, cancer prevention, improving neonatal health, heart disease in the elderly, stroke, dementia, diabetes, respiratory disease and combatting air pollution. Examples of non-health public lectures include climate change in Africa, getting science into policy. An example of blog debate here (on evidence in policy) and opinion piece on getting research into policy here. The Harveian Oration for 2017, looking at recent triumphs and challenges in medicine in the next 20 years here.
Epidemiology and trials, economic, pathophysiology, mathematical models, qualitative and quantitative social science studies. Particular interest in diagnosis and management of infectious disease in children and adults and the diseases of poverty. Previous research in cardiovascular diseases, ethnic differences in health and maternal health. Google scholar profile link here.