Published: 30 November 2015

Infection and Global Health Day 2015

IGH Day group photo

More than 200 students and staff attended the fifth annual Infection and Global Health Day at the Victoria Gallery and Museum last week.

Hosted by the University’s Institute of Infection and Global Health, the day featured a programme of talks and posters, the Tony Hart Memorial Lecture and the launch of the Institute’s latest annual report and new five-year strategic plan.

The strategic plan addresses some of the major challenges in infection and global health, such as environmental change, food security, antimicrobial resistance, developing diagnostic tests and vaccines. Professor Tom Solomon, Institute Director said: “In developing the plan we have developed a strategy for how we can help address each of the major challenges, and the impact we will have over the next five years. These challenges are both real and significant: they threaten the livelihood and welfare of people globally. Our goals are ambitious, yet we believe they are achievable.”

Commenting on the Institute’s work, Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet beer added: “The Institute of Infection and Global health is at the forefront of the University’s Research and is a major contributor to our outstanding international reputation.”

Awards IGH Day 2015

Image left shows Professor Ab Osterhaus presenting Dr George Pollakis and Professor Julian Hiscox with the Researcher of the Year Award.

During the day talks were given by postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers working in the fields of clinical infection, microbiology and immunology, epidemiology and population health, and infection biology. Senior academics also presented research highlights from the past year and guest speaker Professor Ab Osterhaus delivered this year’s Tony Hart Memorial Lecture on the subject of emerging virus infections in a globalising world.

Professor Janneke van de Wijgert, who led the organisation for the day said: “It was a great opportunity to review some of the excellent highlights from the past year, and consider future plans; Professor Osterhaus’ talk was truly inspiring.”

The event concluded with the presentation of awards, for those considered to have excelled over the year, among the student, academic and professional services bodies. The winners for 2015 were:

  • Researcher of the Year – Professor Julian Hiscox, Dr Georgios Pollakis and the Ebola Pathogenesis Team
  • Post-doctoral Researcher of the Year – Elaine Waters
  • Young Investigator of the Year – Kittipong Chaisiri
  • Poster Prize – Raquel Medialdea-Carrera
  • NE Roberts Prize – Andrea Scott
  • Allan Downie Prize – Isabel Garcia Dorival
  • Administrative Staff Award – Doreen Owen
  • Technical Staff Award – Carman Martinez-Rodriguez
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