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Professor Peter Vickerman


Peter Vickerman is a Professor in infectious disease modelling at the University of Bristol and has an honorary position at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Originally trained as a mathematician, he has a D.Phil in mathematical epidemiology and 20 years of experience in modelling infectious diseases. He leads a group of infectious disease modellers in Bristol and London in which he  supervises seven mathematical modelling researchers and three PhD students. PV has published over 90 publications in peer reviewed journals and is PI or co-PI on 14 current grants worth over $30,000,000 involving collaborations with 13 institutions over 7 countries. He has contributed to six international advisory groups (WHO and NICE Public Health guidance committees, UK Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction HCV treatment as prevention working group). His research focuses on the use of mathematical modelling to help understand the transmission of different infectious diseases and impact and cost-effectiveness of prevention measures. Specific expertise focuses on modelling the transmission of HIV and other STIs amongst different high risk groups and blood borne viruses (HIV and HCV) amongst injecting drug users. Considerable work has included evaluating the impact and cost-effectiveness of interventions to reduce the transmission of HIV and HCV through injecting risks. Recently, his group has been influential in increasing the interest in using HCV treatment as a prevention strategy amongst injecting drug users and other groups. He has extensive experience of conducting collaborative research with organisations in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and the UK.

In other areas, he has jointly led the economic modelling group evaluating the World’s largest targeted HIV prevention intervention for high risk groups (Avahan intervention in southern India), reaching over 300,000 female sex workers, men who have sex with men and IDUs since 2004. This intervention and the novel modelling methods used in its evaluation have had considerable influence and interest.



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