Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Infectious Disease

Professor of Infectious Diseases



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Alison Holmes is a Professor of Infectious Diseases at Imperial College, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and an NIHR Senior Investigator.

She has a longstanding clinical and research career in infectious diseases with particular interests in antibiotic use, antibiotic resistance (AMR), epidemiology and public health, particularly in the context of acute care.

She leads a large multi-disciplinary research group and network, with strong collaborations nationally and internationally, and is Director of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit in Healthcare Associated Infections and AMR.

She is on the Executive Committee of the International Society of Infectious Diseases, and she serves on a variety of WHO Expert groups related to antimicrobial use, AMR, infection prevention and sepsis. She is Chair of the Fleming Fund’s Technical Advisory Group (Department of Health and Social Care) and Board Member of the Wellcome Trust’s Surveillance & Epidemiology of Drug-resistant Infections Consortium (SEDRIC). She chairs or sits on numerous international scientific advisory boards, funding panels and editorial boards.

Within the NHS, she is an Associate Medical Director, Director of Infection Prevention and Control and a consultant in infectious diseases. She served as an expert member of the Governmental Advisory Committee on AMR and Healthcare Associated Infection for nine years and as a national expert witness for Parliamentary Health and Science and Technology Committees.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Birgand G, Castro-Sánchez E, Hansen S, et al., 2018, Comparison of governance approaches for the control of antimicrobial resistance: Analysis of three European countries, Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, Vol:7, ISSN:2047-2994

Holmes AH, Holmes M, Gottlieb T, et al., 2018, End non-essential use of antimicrobials in livestock, Bmj, Vol:360, ISSN:0959-8138

Ardal C, Outterson K, Hoffman SJ, et al., 2016, International cooperation to improve access to and sustain effectiveness of antimicrobials, The Lancet, Vol:387, ISSN:0140-6736, Pages:296-307

Holmes AH, Moore LSP, Sundsfjord A, et al., 2015, Understanding the mechanisms and drivers of antimicrobial resistance, Lancet, Vol:387, ISSN:1474-547X, Pages:176-187

Charani E, Holmes AH, 2013, Antimicrobial stewardship programmes: the need for wider engagement, BMJ Quality & Safety, Vol:22, ISSN:2044-5415, Pages:885-887

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