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Neil M. Ferguson, OBE FMedSci

Neil FergusonNeil Ferguson, OBE, FMedSci, is founding director of the MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling at Imperial College London. He uses mathematical and statistical models to investigate the processes shaping infectious disease pathogenesis, evolution and transmission. In addition to some basic theoretical work, Prof Ferguson’s research has applied models to study the transmission and control of influenza, SARS, BSE/vCJD, HIV, dengue, foot-and-mouth disease and bioterrorist threats. He was educated at Oxford University, held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at Oxford, then a readership at the University of Nottingham before moving to Imperial College. Prof Ferguson is a Senior Investigator of the National Institute of Health Research, a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and received an OBE in 2001 for his work on the foot and mouth disease epidemic that year. His recent work has focussed on the use of mathematical models as contingency planning tools for emerging human infections (notably pandemic influenza), bioterrorist threats and livestock outbreaks (FMD and avian influenza), though he also undertakes research on the dynamics and control of vector-borne diseases (dengue, yellow fever and malaria). Prof Ferguson sits on multiple UK government scientific advisory bodies, and also advises the US government, the World Health Organisation and the European Union on pandemic planning and infectious disease modelling. Recently he was heavily involved in providing real-time analysis and scientific advice during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.

Web address: http://www1.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/people/neil.ferguson/

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