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Jonathan or JVT Nguyen-Van-Tam

Professor of Health Protection, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Expertise Summary

Keywords:

Pandemic influenza, avian influenza, epidemiology, vaccinology, therapeutics, transmission, pandemic preparedness

Teaching Summary

The Health Protection Group runs a pandemic simulation exercise, which is a carbon copy of major international exercises used by the Department of Health and the WHO. Students play out roles of the… read more

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

The Health Protection Group runs a pandemic simulation exercise, which is a carbon copy of major international exercises used by the Department of Health and the WHO. Students play out roles of the Government, or act as those in charge of local hospitals or primary care during a pandemic. They are tested against problems such as bed shortages, fuel shortages, drug shortages, staff refusing to work, and prioritising vaccines and antiviral drugs. The scheme imports tutors from Government and the WHO, and has been running this innovative event at the Queen's Medical Centre for 3 consecutive years so far.

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 influenza transmission, pandemic preparedness, vaccines and anti-viral drugs.

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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University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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