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Professor David L Heymann, CBE

Head and Senior Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security

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  • Infectious diseases
  • Public health
  • Global Health

Recent Publications

Published over 145 scientific articles on infectious diseases and related issues in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals, and authored several chapters on infectious diseases in medical textbooks.


2010 - Present Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2009 - Present Head, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House, and Chair of the Health Protection Agency, UK
2003 - 09 Assistant Director-General for Health Security, Environment, and World Representative of the Director-General for Polio Eradication, World Health Organization (WHO)
1998 - 03 Executive Director, Communicable Diseases Cluster, WHO
1995 - 98 Director, Emerging and other Communicable Diseases, WHO
1988 - 95 Chief of research activities, WHO Global Programme on AIDS
1979 - 89 Medical epidemiologist in sub-Saharan Africa (Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Malawi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo - formerly Zaire), US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
1977 - 79 Medical epidemiologist in India, WHO Smallpox Eradication Programme


Professional Activities

  • Awarded the 2004 American Public Health Association Award for Excellence, the 2005 Donald Mackay Award from the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and the 2007 Heinz Award on the Human Condition.

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