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Professor Sir Peter Horby

Professor Sir Peter Horby

Podcast interview

Emerging infectious diseases

Research on emerging infectious diseases can only be conducted during outbreaks. Although virology has improved, a well calibrated and effective public health response is often lacking. Epidemiological and clinical research as well as mathematical modelling will give us answers during the epidemics and help us provide better diagnostics and better treatments.

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ECRAID (European Clinical Research Alliance in Infectious Disease) and why clinical research is so important to fight disease outbreaks.

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Peter Horby


Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases

  • Director, Pandemic Sciences Centre
  • Executive Director, ISARIC


Peter Horby is Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Global Health. He is the former, and founding, Director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Hanoi, Vietnam. The unit was established in early 2006 and conducts research on infectious diseases which crosses the disciplines of basic science, medical science and public health.

Peter returned to Oxford in 2014 and established the Epidemic disease Research Group Oxford (ERGO). ERGO is engaged in an international program of clinical and epidemiological research to prepare for and respond to emerging infections that may develop into epidemics or pandemics. ERGO is involved in a number of international projects including the European Commission funded PREPARE project, and ISARIC (International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infection Consortium). The group is conducting research on a range of epidemic diseases including Ebola virus disease, bird flu (H5N1 and H7N9), MERS-CoV, and Enterovirus 71. ERGO currently comprises a team of eight people under the leadership of Professor Peter Horby and is funded by Wellcome, the Medical Research Council, and the European Commission.

Influenza in Vietnam

Predicted geographic spread of swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) in Vietnam. Medians from 1000 model simulations.
Training on taking swabs for a household-based influenza transmission study.


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