Hosted by Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) with Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England & UK government’s Chief Medical Adviser as special guest speaker. The lecture will discuss the need for a systematic approach to pandemics and major epidemics: mortality by age, force of transmission, available drugs and vaccines, and route of transmission, lead to very different potential countermeasures. The lecture will also examine why a transition from societal countermeasures to more focussed medical interventions should happen quickly, and why this is dependent on the factors above.
LSTM is pleased to welcome Professor Whitty back to the school, where he has previously spoken about disease elimination, specifically malaria.
Chris Whitty is Chief Medical Officer for England (CMO). He is an epidemiologist and still practices as an NHS clinician at The Hospital for Tropical Diseases. Prior to being CMO he was Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Development (DFID), the Department of Health and Social Care, interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser, and head of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). As Professor of Public and International Health at LSHTM, he directed the malaria centre, and Gresham Professor of Physic. He worked as a clinician and researcher in Africa and Asia as well as the UK.