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Professor Jimmy Whitworth

MD FMedSci FRCP FFPH DTM&H

Professor
of International Public Health

Room
122a

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 Scoeity 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 Governamnmce Group for Public Health England.

Affiliations

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Centres

Centre for Evaluation
Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases
Vaccine Centre
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre
Antimicrobial Resistance Centre
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 doucmenting lessons learned from epidemics and outbreak response.

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
Clinical trials
Helminths
Parasites
Public health
Surveillance
Vaccines
Viruses
Water
Capacity strengthening
Disease control
Evaluation
Global Health
Natural disasters
Outbreaks
Implementation research
Randomised controlled trials
Vector control
Discipline
Epidemiology
Operational research
Parasitology
Disease and Health Conditions
Eye diseases
HIV/AIDS
Infectious disease
Malaria
Measles
Meningitis
Neurological disease
Pandemic diseases
Dengue
Emerging Infectious Disease
Hospital acquired infection
Influenza
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Respiratory disease
Tropical diseases
Vector borne disease
Zoonotic disease
Country
Brazil
Sierra Leone
Uganda
Region
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
Europe & Central Asia (all income levels)
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
Least developed countries: UN classification
Middle East & North Africa (developing only)
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Public Health Infrastructure
Whitworth J; Leir S; Rokadiya S; Dar O; Heymann DL
2018
Global health 4th edition
'Once there is life, there is hope' Ebola survivors' experiences, behaviours and attitudes in Sierra Leone, 2015.
Karafillakis E; Jalloh MF; Nuriddin A; Larson HJ; Whitworth J; Lees S; Hageman KM; Sengeh P; Jalloh MB; Bunnell R
2016
BMJ global health
Strengthening capacity to apply health research evidence in policy making: experience from four countries.
Hawkes S; K Aulakh B; Jadeja N; Jimenez M; Buse K; Anwar I; Barge S; Odubanjo MO; Shukla A; Ghaffar A
2016
Health policy and planning
Research capacity. Enabling the genomic revolution in Africa.
H3Africa Consortium; Rotimi C; Abayomi A; Abimiku A; Adabayeri VM; Adebamowo C; Adebamowo C; Adebiyi E; Ademola AD; Adeyemo A
2014
Science (New York, N.Y.)
Primary prophylaxis of cryptococcal disease with fluconazole in HIV-positive Ugandan adults: a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial.
Parkes-Ratanshi R; Wakeham K; Levin J; Namusoke D; Whitworth J; Coutinho A; Mugisha NK; Grosskurth H; Kamali A; Lalloo DG
2011
The Lancet infectious diseases
Strengthening capacity for health research in Africa.
Whitworth JAG; Kokwaro G; Kinyanjui S; Snewin VA; Tanner M; Walport M; Sewankambo N
2008
Lancet (London, England)
HIV and Mortality of Mothers and Children: Evidence From Cohort Studies in Uganda, Tanzania, and Malawi.
Zaba B; Whitworth J; Marston M; Nakiyingi J; Ruberantwari A; Urassa M; Issingo R; Mwaluko G; Floyd S; Nyondo A
2005
Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass)
Why Does HIV Infection Not Lead to Disseminated Strongyloidiasis?
Viney ME; Brown M; Omoding NE; Bailey JW; Gardner MP; Roberts E; Morgan D; Elliott AM; Whitworth JA
2004
The Journal of infectious diseases
Syndromic management of sexually-transmitted infections and behaviour change interventions on transmission of HIV-1 in rural Uganda: a community randomised trial
Kamali A; Quigley M; Nakiyingi J; Kinsman J; Kengeya-Kayondo J; Gopal R; Ojwiya A; Hughes P; Carpenter LM; Whitworth J
2003
Lancet
The natural history of HIV-1 infection in Africa
Morgan D; Whitworth J
2001
Nature medicine
Effect of HIV-1 and increasing immunosuppression on malaria parasitaemia and clinical episodes in adults in rural Uganda: a cohort study.
Whitworth J; Morgan D; Quigley M; Smith A; Mayanja B; Eotu H; Omoding N; Okongo M; Malamba S; Ojwiya A
2000
Lancet (London, England)
Effects of repeated doses of ivermectin on ocular onchocerciasis: community-based trial in Sierra Leone.
Whitworth JA; Gilbert CE; Mabey DM; Maude GH; Morgan D; Taylor DW
1991
Lancet (London, England)
Community-based treatment with ivermectin.
Whitworth JA; Morgan D; Maude GH; Taylor DW
1988
Lancet (London, England)
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