Professor Anthony Scott
Professor of Vaccine Epidemiology, Director of the Vaccine Centre, Director of HPRU in Immunization
Professor Anthony Scott is a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya and Professor of Vaccine Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). He trained in clinical infectious diseases and epidemiology in Oxford and London before moving to Kilifi in 1993, to study the etiology of pneumonia in adults. Apart from 2 years spent at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, he has spent the last 25 years in Kenya, studying pneumococcal disease and pneumonia in children and adults, and vaccines to prevent them. He joined LSHTM in 2013 after 15 years based at Oxford University. In addition to his research he has developed a surveillance network for invasive bacterial diseases in East Africa (Netspear) and he co-directs the Kilifi Health and Demographic Surveillance System, the largest population under continuous surveillance in Africa. He works frequently with WHO and GAVI on vaccine preventable diseases and with the Ministry of Health in Kenya on the evaluation of pneumococcal vaccine.
In the UK, he is the Director of the Vaccine Centre at LSHTM, and co-director of a short course in Vaccinology. He is a member of the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) and Director of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Immunization at LSHTM which involves a portfolio of research on disease burden, vaccine effectiveness, vaccine safety, modelling, cost-effectiveness, vaccine acceptability and policy implementation in collaboration with Public Health England. Together with Dr. Anna Seale, he researched a new site to undertake the CHAMPS project in Ethiopia, and has collaborated with Dr. Nega Assefa (Haramaya University) to establish one of the two ‘greenfield’ sites for the CHAMPS network, in Harar, Eastern Ethiopia.