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Professor Jimmy Whitworth

MD FMedSci FRCP FFPH DTM&H

Professor
of International Public Health

Room
G15b

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
02079272418

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.

He returned to LSHTM in 2015 and worked to create the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team, which is funded by the UK Government. He stepped down as the deputy director in 2019. 

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, a Trustee for the Royal Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and DTM&H examiner for the Royal College of Physicians. He chairs the Scientific Advisory Group for Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) and is chair of the Ebola Biobank Governance Group for Public Health England.

Affiliations

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Centres

Centre for Evaluation
Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases (CMMID)
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre
Antimicrobial Resistance Centre (AMR)
Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health

Teaching

 

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.

Research

Is PI on a grant from Wellcome Trust on documenting lessons learned from epidemics and outbreak response. He is also a co-investigator on two studies of COVID-19 in Brazil.

Has recently held grants or is a co-investigator on grants from Wellcome, NIHR and MRC on outbreak response, and the population impact of Zika virus in Brazil.

Research Area
Helminths
Infectious disease policy
Parasites
Public health
Viruses
Capacity strengthening
Disease control
Ethics
Global Health
Outbreaks
Vector control
Discipline
Epidemiology
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Infectious disease
Emerging Infectious Disease
Tropical diseases
Vector borne disease
Zoonotic disease
Onchocerciasis
Zika
Country
Brazil
The Gambia
Iran
Sierra Leone
Uganda
Region
Arab World
East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
Least developed countries: UN classification
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)