Graham Medley Speaker

Graham Medley Keynote Speaker

  • Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Director, Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases
  • Appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2020 Birthday Honours for Services to the COVID-19 response

Graham Medley's Biography

Professor Graham Medley OBE is a British Professor of Infectious Diseases, Director of Mathematical Modelling, a researcher and a keynote speaker on public health, the future of infectious diseases and disease control.

Graham joined the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in 2015 as a Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling, where he has a particular interest in the development and analysis of transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. 

As the Director at the Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases at LSHTM, Graham develops statistical and mathematical models in his research to observe patterns coherently. He also studies the correlation between social and political processes and disease transmission. Preceding his appointment at LSHTM, Graham was a Professor at Warwick University in the Life Sciences department for 21 years and Imperial College for ten years prior to that.

Graham is an accomplished writer who has co-authored, consulted and edited five books, including the popular Coronavirus: A Book for Children, published in 2020 as a free digital information book. He has authored over 400 published journals, scholarly articles and research articles, collectively cited more than 15 000 times.

For his services to the COVID-19 response, Graham was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2020 during the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

He is currently an attendee of SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies). This government body provides advice to the central government in crises, providing the UK government with advice on the COVID-19 pandemic. Professor Medley was also invited to join the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M) in 2018, where he currently sits as a chair. The committee, which is a sub-group of SAGE, supplies expert advice on scientific matters to the UK Department of Health and Social Care.

Since 2014 Graham has been on the board of reviewing members for Science journal. Graham also sits on the risk assessment council for The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens’ (ACDP). This committee is tasked with assessing the risk of exposure to various pathogens and advising the UK Department of Health. Graham is a Statistical Expert on the Infected Blood Inquiry, a council established in 2017 to examine how infected blood and blood products were used in treatments for men, women and children in the 1970s.

Graham is a former director of the Centre of Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases and currently a member of the Neglected Tropical Disease Modelling Consortium, the Evaluation of Social and Population Health Interventions (ESPHI) and the SPEAK India Consortium.

Professor Medley completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology & Computer Science at the University of York and received a PhD in Pure and Applied Biology from Imperial College London.

As a leading researcher, infectious disease expert, biologist and lecturer, Graham is a highly sought-after speaker regarded as one of the leading pioneers in his field.

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