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Immunology seminar with Sir Roy Anderson

30 October 2009

Professor Sir Roy Anderson, one of the UK’s leading experts on epidemiology, is to visit the University next week to give a talk by on the emergence and control of pandemics.

Sir Roy became Rector of Imperial College London in July 2008, following a 40-year association with the College. He continues to be Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the Division of Epidemiology, Public Health and Primary Care.

Sir Roy also served as Director of the Wellcome Centre for Parasite Infections from 1989 to 1993 (at Imperial) and as Director of the Wellcome Centre for the Epidemiology of Infectious Disease from 1993 to 2000 (at Oxford). He is the author of over 450 scientific articles and has sat on numerous government and international agency committees advising on public health and disease control, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS. From 1991-2000 he was a Governor of the Wellcome Trust. Between 2004 and 2007, Sir Roy was on secondment from Imperial College to act as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Ministry of Defence.

He currently chairs the science advisory board of WHO’s Neglected Tropical Diseases programme, is a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Grand Challenges Advisory Board, and chairs the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Advisory Board funded by the Gates Foundation. He is a non-executive director of GlaxoSmithKline.

Sir Roy was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1986, a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998 and a Foreign Associate Member of the Institute of Medicine at the US National Academy of Sciences in 1999. He was knighted in the 2006 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The seminar in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine is organised by the Bristol Immunology Group, a regional group of the British Society for Immunology, and will take place on 6 November at 4 pm in E29, School of Medical Sciences.

This free talk is open to staff, students and members of the public and will be followed by a reception. For more information, please contact Dr Lindsay Nicholson, email

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