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​​CEPR 2024 Prize Winners' Showcase ​

Join the CEPR in celebrating the CEPR 2024 prize winners

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​​The Centre for Epidemic Preparedness and Response has awarded four prizes to early career researchers from across LSHTM and external partners to recognise their contributions to the field of epidemic preparedness.

​Join the Centre in celebrating the winners, hear about their award-winning research and have your chance to ask questions during a Q&A session.

​​Student Degree Prize (Highly Commended): Dr Sophie Mylan – Research student at LSHTM

Dr Mylan has a combined clinical and academic career and is particularly interested in how social science methods can contribute to global health research, policy and practice. She is a doctoral student at LSHTM, completing a PhD in Medical Anthropology that explores epidemic preparedness and response amongst refugees in northern Uganda. She completed 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork between 2021 and 2022, living in a refugee settlement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sophie is also a fully qualified and practicing medical doctor and works as a GP in London.​

​Student Degree Prize (Winner): Miss Haddijatou Allen – Research Degree student at LSHTM

Miss Allen is a research degree student at LSHTM. Prior to this, she worked at MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM as a research assistant and social scientist, where she engaged in several projects on reproductive health, non-communicable diseases, and COVID-19. Following the launch of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) in April 2020, an initiative launched in April 2020 to enable a comprehensive and equitable global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, she contributed to its evaluation. Her evaluation role shaped her ongoing PhD research project, which focuses on evaluating a cross-border collaboration strategy for earlier detection and response to disease outbreaks between The Gambia and Senegal.

​Resource Prize: Dr Pratik Gupte, Mr Greg Barnsley, Dr Carmen Tamayo Cuartero, Professor Francesco Checchi

​Dr Gupte is a Research Software Engineer in the Epiverse-TRACE initiative based at LSHTM. Pratik has a background in ecology and evolutionary biology with a PhD focusing on animal movement strategies but moved into public health modelling following the COVID-19 pandemic. At LSHTM, he works on building software and analytics tools to help model epidemic scenarios and response strategies.

​Mr Barnsley is a PhD student at LSHTM, who's research is on modelling the potential impact of mass drug administration of antibiotics and other pharmaceutical interventions on respiratory pathogens in humanitarian settings. He previously worked on COVID-19 vaccine modelling at Imperial College London and completed his undergraduate and master’s studies in Mathematics and Data Science at Lancaster University.

Carmen Tamayo Cuartero

Professor Francesco Checchi 

​Collaboration Prize: Dr Joseph Akoi Boré (Centre de Recherche et d'Analyse Bio-Médicale Guinea), UK-PHRST research team (LSHTM and UK Health Security Agency)


Dr Sophie Mylan

Miss Haddijatou Allen 

Mr Greg Barnsley

Professor Francesco Checchi

Dr Joseph Akoi Boré

Dr Boré is a Postdoctoral research scientist at Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, at the University of Oxford. He is also the director of the Centre de Recherche et d’Analyse médicale (CRAM) in Macenta. His current research focuses on operational research questions that optimize the implementation of large-scale interventions for neglected tropical diseases and emerging and re-emerging viral infectious diseases in Africa.

Dr Boré has specific expertise in community approach and sample collection from both human and wildlife and started his research career the MRC Unit the Gambia at LSHTM and was actively involved in the 2013-16 Ebola virus disease outbreak management with the European Mobile Laboratory (EMLab).

Mr William Nicholas

William Nicholas is a Project Manager with the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST) based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London and works with the core management and research management teams to deliver the UK-PHRST’s triple remit. William’s role includes programme management, operations and research project management including management of the UK-PHRST’s epidemiology, microbiology and clinical science studies. He has extensive experience in higher education, research, teaching and project management roles across global health, education and international development sectors and holds a BA (Hons) in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and an MSc in Law, Anthropology and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of London.

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