The Vice Chancellor’s Public Policy Lecture Series: Prof Jonathan Van Tam MBE 'Thinking the unthinkable: influenza pandemic preparedness and response'

The Vice Chancellor’s Public Policy Lecture Series: Prof Jonathan Van Tam MBE 'Thinking the unthinkable: influenza pandemic preparedness and response'

Posted on behalf of University of Bedfordshire

How do we prepare for a major public health threat like an influenza pandemic? These pandemics occur unpredictably and experts agree another is inevitable, so how can we plan ahead?

The University of Bedfordshire is proud to host Professor Jonathan Van Tam MBE to deliver a Public Policy Lecture on Tuesday 12 March tackling this very issue.

Jonathan Van-Tam MBE, is a global expert on public health aspects of influenza, particularly pandemic preparedness and response. He is currently seconded from his Chair at the University of Nottingham to the Department of Health and Social Care as Deputy Chief Medical Officer. In this lecture, he will draw on his 27 years of experience in studying influenza epidemiology, to illustrate the threats and the challenges involved in defending the population from this major public health threat.

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 spans 25 years and focuses on: epidemiology; transmission; vaccinology; and pandemic preparedness.

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. He sat on the UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) during the 2009-10 pandemic crisis. His unit is an official WHO Collaborating Centre for pandemic influenza and research; and a UK Faculty of Public Health ‘national treasure’ training location for influenza research. He was previously Chair of UK NERVTAG (New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threat Advisory Group). In October 2017 Jonathan was appointed Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England.

The Vice Chancellor’s Public Policy Lectures are designed to improve the public understanding of politics, to foster debate on current affairs and to encourage our students to consider taking an active role in politics in their future lives through giving them access to the insights of current and former public servants who are world-class experts in their field.

This lecture promises to be a fascinating insight into the challenging world of pandemic preparedness and is not one to be missed.

17.30: Arrival, tea and coffee, Café Neo, Luton campus
18.00: Lecture commences
After the lecture: Drinks and light refreshments

We are looking forward to seeing you there.

12 Mar 2019 at 5:30pm
until 12 Mar 2019 at 8:00pm
G101, Luton campus
University of Bedfordshire

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