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Jonathan or JVT Nguyen-Van-Tam

Professor of Health Protection, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

Jonathan Van-Tam MBE, BMedSci, BM BS, DM, FFPH, FRCPath, Hon FFPM, CBiol, CSci, FRSPH, FSB graduated in Medicine from the University of Nottingham in 1987, trained in Public Health Medicine from 1991, and became a Senior Lecturer at the University of Nottingham in 1997, before serving with the pharmaceutical and vaccines industries from 2000. He moved to the UK Health Protection Agency in 2004, where he was Head of the Pandemic Influenza Office, before returning to Nottingham in late 2007 as Professor of Health Protection. His special interest in influenza and other respiratory viruses spans 25 years and focuses on: epidemiology; transmission; vaccinology; public health policy; and pandemic preparedness and response. He is co-Editor and chapter author of the textbook: Pandemic Influenza, which is now in its second edition. He has been a consultant to the World Health Organization on influenza since 2004, and has been Editor-In-Chief of Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses since 2013. He sat on the UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) during the 2009-10 pandemic crisis. His unit has been an official WHO Collaborating Centre for pandemic influenza and research since 2010; and a UK Faculty of Public Health 'national treasure' training location for influenza research since 2011. He has recently taken on a new additional role as Chair of UK NERVTAG (the UK Government's New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threat Advisory Group).

Expertise Summary

Globally recognised expert on influenza and other respiratory viruses: epidemiology; transmission; vaccinology; public health policy; and pandemic preparedness and response.

Research Summary

Prof. Van-Tam leads the Health Protection Research Group, which exists to develop and conduct applied public health research in areas such as communicable disease control, environmental hazards, and… read more

Selected Publications

External Examiner Positions:

  • BSc, University of Leicester Medical School
  • MD, University of London
  • PhD University of Ghent, Belgium

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Membership:

  • Expert Advisory Group on scientific aspects of human H5N1 vaccines: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control- Chairman
  • Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (Military Division)- Member
  • UKCRC Influenza Transmission Strategy Development Group- Chairman
  • UK Scientific Pandemic Influenza Advisory Committee (SPI), Department of Health- Member
  • Expert Advisory Group on avian influenza: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control- Member
  • UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) - Member, provided scientific advice to HM Government throughout 2009 pandemic.

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Invited to speak at:

  • Options for the Control of Influenza, Toronto- Invited plenary speaker
  • ESWI, Villamoura, Portugal- Twice invited plenary speaker
  • Society of Biology (East Midlands)- 2011 Charter Lecture

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Fellowships:

  • Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health

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Editorial Roles:

  • Associate Editor: Influenza and other respiratory viruses
  • Co-editor for world's first textbook on pandemic influenza.

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Additional Roles:

  • Leader, WHO Collaborating Centre for Pandemic Influenza and Research
  • WHO Consultant

Current Research

Prof. Van-Tam leads the Health Protection Research Group, which exists to develop and conduct applied public health research in areas such as communicable disease control, environmental hazards, and other functions performed by Health Protection Agency.

The group specialises in respiratory virus infections, of which influenza is the key focus. They research in all aspects of influenza, but particularly epidemiology; transmission; vaccinology; public health policy; and pandemic preparedness and response.

The group is also a World Health Organization (WHO) official collaborating centre for pandemic influenza and research.

Visit the Health Protection Research Group website

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