Professor Jimmy Whitworth
MD FMedSci FRCP FFPH DTM&H
of International Public Health
Jimmy is a physician, qualifying from Liverpool University in 1979, and specialises in infectious diseases, epidemiology and public health. Previous roles include working in The Gambia for Save the Children Fund, and in Bo, Sierra Leone for the Medical Research Council, where he worked on ivermectin for onchocerciasis from 1986-1990. He was Team Leader for the Medical Research Council Programme on AIDS, based at the Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe, from 1995 until 2002. Jimmy has been an academic staff member at both the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he was Professor of International Public Health from 1999-2004.
Previously Jimmy was Head of International Activities (2004-2013), and Population Health (2013-2015), at the Wellcome Trust where he was responsible for strategy, policy and developing the scientific portfolio for research on population science and public health research in the UK and in low and middle income countries.
Jimmy is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for WHO's R&D Blueprint for Action to Prevent Epidemics, a committee member of the Global Co-ordination Mechanism for R&D, the Expert Advisory Committee on Health Research for WHO Euro, and DTM&H examiner for the Royal College of Physicians.
Teaches on global public health, emerging infections and epidemics, onchocerciasis, hiv/malaria interactions to DTM&H and DTN students. Also teaches on Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases, HIV, Malaria, and Study Design study units.
Holds grants from Wellcome Trust and MRC on epidemics and outbreak response, and the population impact of Zika virus in Brazil.