Christopher Whitty


of Public and International Health

301, Clinical Research Department

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 20 7636 8636

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. From October 2019 he will be Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England and chief medical adviser to the UK government. Consultant physician at UCLH in acute general medicine and in infectious diseases at The Hospital for Tropical Diseases, consultant PHE epidemiologist at the MRL and for the national fever service. Gresham Professor of Physic (the term for medicine when the post was created in 1597), Gresham College. 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, visiting Gresham Professor of Public Health, trustee of the international health NGO Merlin, chair of the UK Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP) and of the National Expert Panel on New and Emerging Infections (NEPNEI), and director of the ACT Consortium.


Department of Clinical Research


DTM&H, various MScs. Examples of some recent public lectures online on communicable diseases include on epidemics and pandemics, infections of the brain, infections of the nerves, malaria, Ebola, Zika, imported infections, eradicating disease, infections as we go through life and age. 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 opinion piece on getting research into policy here. The Harveian Oration for 2017, looking at recent triumphs and challenges in medicine globally in the next 20 years here, (transcript here), and on the challenges for the NHS over the next 20 years here.


Epidemiology and trials, clinical, 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, especially malaria. Previous research in cardiovascular diseases, ethnic differences in health and maternal health. Google scholar profile link here.

Research Area
Clinical care
Complex interventions
Public health
Behaviour change
Disease control
Health services
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
United Kingdom
Yemen, Rep.

Selected Publications

Geographical and temporal trends and seasonal relapse in Plasmodium ovale spp. and Plasmodium malariae infections imported to the UK between 1987 and 2015
Nabarro LEB; Nolder D; Broderick C; Nadjm B; Smith V; Blaze M; Checkley AM; Chiodini PL; Sutherland CJ; Whitty CJM
Use of malaria rapid diagnostic tests by community health workers in Afghanistan: cluster randomised trial.
Leslie T; Rowland M; Mikhail A; Cundill B; Willey B; Alokozai A; Mayan I; Hasanzai A; Baktash SH; Mohammed N
BMC medicine
The impact of providing rapid diagnostic malaria tests on fever management in the private retail sector in Ghana: a cluster randomized trial.
Ansah EK; Narh-Bana S; Affran-Bonful H; Bart-Plange C; Cundill B; Gyapong M; Whitty CJ
BMJ (Clinical research ed)
Prescriber and patient-oriented behavioural interventions to improve use of malaria rapid diagnostic tests in Tanzania: facility-based cluster randomised trial.
Cundill B; Mbakilwa H; Chandler CI; Mtove G; Mtei F; Willetts A; Foster E; Muro F; Mwinyishehe R; Mandike R
BMC medicine
Rapid diagnostic tests to improve treatment of malaria and other febrile illnesses: patient randomised effectiveness trial in primary care clinics in Afghanistan.
Leslie T; Mikhail A; Mayan I; Cundill B; Anwar M; Bakhtash SH; Mohammed N; Rahman H; Zekria R; Whitty CJ
BMJ (Clinical research ed)
Risk factors for mortality from imported falciparum malaria in the United Kingdom over 20 years: an observational study.
Checkley AM; Smith A; Smith V; Blaze M; Bradley D; Chiodini PL; Whitty CJ
BMJ (Clinical research ed)
Overdiagnosis and mistreatment of malaria among febrile patients at primary healthcare level in Afghanistan: observational study.
Leslie T; Mikhail A; Mayan I; Anwar M; Bakhtash S; Nader M; Chandler C; Whitty CJ; Rowland M
BMJ (Clinical research ed)
Glycerol adjuvant therapy in adults with bacterial meningitis in a high HIV seroprevalence setting in Malawi: a double-blind, randomised controlled trial
Ajdukiewicz KMB; Cartwright KE; Scarborough M; Mwambene JB; Goodson P; Molyneux ME; Zijlstra EE; French N; Whitty CJM; Lalloo DG
The Lancet infectious diseases
The Impact of Phenotypic and Genotypic G6PD Deficiency on Risk of Plasmodium vivax Infection: A Case-Control Study amongst Afghan Refugees in Pakistan.
Leslie T; Briceño M; Mayan I; Mohammed N; Klinkenberg E; Sibley CH; Whitty CJ; Rowland M
PLoS medicine
WHO guidelines for antimicrobial treatment in children admitted to hospital in an area of intense Plasmodium falciparum transmission: prospective study.
Nadjm B; Amos B; Mtove G; Ostermann J; Chonya S; Wangai H; Kimera J; Msuya W; Mtei F; Dekker D
Motivation, money and respect: A mixed-method study of Tanzanian non-physician clinicians.
Chandler CI; Chonya S; Mtei F; Reyburn H; Whitty CJ
Social science & medicine (1982)
Effect of Removing Direct Payment for Health Care on Utilisation and Health Outcomes in Ghanaian Children: A Randomised Controlled Trial.
Ansah EK; Narh-Bana S; Asiamah S; Dzordzordzi V; Biantey K; Dickson K; Gyapong JO; Koram KA; Greenwood BM; Mills A
PLoS medicine
Correction: Effect of Removing Direct Payment for Health Care on Utilisation and Health Outcomes in Ghanaian Children: A Randomised Controlled Trial
Ansah EK; Narh-Bana S; Asiamah S; Dzordzordzi V; Biantey K; Dickson K; Gyapong JO; Koram KA; Greenwood BM; Mills A
PLoS Medicine
Imported malaria and high risk groups: observational study using UK surveillance data 1987-2006.
Smith AD; Bradley DJ; Smith V; Blaze M; Behrens RH; Chiodini PL; Whitty CJ
Impact of rapid screening tests on acquisition of meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus: cluster randomised crossover trial
Jeyaratnam D; Whitty CJM; Phillips K; Liu DM; Orezzi C; Ajoku U; French GL
BMJ (Clinical research ed)
Guidelines and mindlines: why do clinical staff over-diagnose malaria in Tanzania? A qualitative study.
Chandler CI; Jones C; Boniface G; Juma K; Reyburn H; Whitty CJ
Malaria journal
Corticosteroids for bacterial meningitis in adults in sub-Saharan Africa.
Scarborough M; Gordon SB; Whitty CJ; French N; Njalale Y; Chitani A; Peto TE; Lalloo DG; Zijlstra EE
The New England journal of medicine
Rapid diagnostic tests compared with malaria microscopy for guiding outpatient treatment of febrile illness in Tanzania: randomised trial.
Reyburn H; Mbakilwa H; Mwangi R; Mwerinde O; Olomi R; Drakeley C; Whitty CJ
BMJ (Clinical research ed)
Cost-effectiveness study of three antimalarial drug combinations in Tanzania.
Wiseman V; Kim M; Mutabingwa TK; Whitty CJ
PLoS medicine
Severe malaria in children in Yemen: two site observational study
Al-Taiar A; Jaffar S; Assabri A; Al-Habori M; Azazy A; A-Mahdi N; Ameen K; Greenwood BM; Whitty CJM
Diagnosing human African trypanosomiasis in Angola using a card agglutination test: observational study of active and passive case finding strategies.
Inojosa WO; Augusto I; Bisoffi Z; Josenado T; Abel PM; Stich A; Whitty CJ
BMJ (Clinical research ed)
Overdiagnosis of malaria in patients with severe febrile illness in Tanzania: a prospective study.
Reyburn H; Mbatia R; Drakeley C; Carneiro I; Mwakasungula E; Mwerinde O; Saganda K; Shao J; Kitua A; Olomi R
BMJ (Clinical research ed)
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