A researcher examining specimens with HPRU microscopic equipmentThe NIHR HPRU in Respiratory Infections at Imperial College London (ICL) started on 1st April 2014.  It is funded by an National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) initiative to bring universities into partnership with Public Health England (PHE) in order to create a centre-of-excellence to design, conduct and share internationally-leading multidisciplinary health protection research.


The NIHR HPRU in Respiratory Infections is a partnership with Public Health England in Respiratory Infections in collaboration with:


The Unit directed by Professor Ajit Lalvani (ICL) and supported by co-directors Professor Maria Zambon (PHE) and Dr Grace Smith (PHE).  Unit oversight is conducted by the Management Board consisting of the Director, PHE co-directors and collaborators. The work of the NIHR HPRU in Respiratory Infections is also supported by an Independent Scientific Advisory Board.


Three other Health Protection Research Units are also funded at Imperial College