Imperial College London

Professor Sir Roy Anderson FRS, FMedSci

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Professor in Infectious Disease Epidemiology



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Sir Roy is Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London and Director of the Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research. His recent appointments include Rector of Imperial College London and Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Defence, UK. His research interests are in interdisciplinary studies at the interface between medicine, biology, mathematics and computation.

Sir Roy has also served as Director of the Wellcome Centre for Parasite Infections from 1989 to 1993 (at Imperial College London) and as Director of the Wellcome Centre for the Epidemiology of Infectious Disease from 1993 to 2000 (at the University of Oxford). He is the author of over 450 scientific articles and has sat on numerous government and international agency committees advising on public health and disease control including the World Health Organisation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and UNAIDS. From 1991-2000 he was a Governor of the Wellcome Trust.

He currently is a Trustee of the Natural History Museum, a Member of the Singapore National Research Foundation Fellowship Board, a Member of the International Advisory Committee of Thailand National Science and Technology Development Agency and a Member of the Malaysian Biotechnology Advisory Board. He is a non-executive director of GlaxoSmithKline and a member of the International Advisory Board of Hakluyt and Company Ltd.

He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, the Royal College of Pathologist, the Royal Society of Agriculture and the Royal Statistical Society. He is also an honorary member of the Royal College of Physicians.

Sir Roy was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1986, a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998, a Foreign Associate Member of the Institute of Medicine at the US National Academy of Sciences in 1999 and a Foreign Member of the French Academy of Sciences in 2009. He was knighted in the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours.



Anderson RM, Vegvari C, Truscott J, et al., 2020, Challenges in creating herd immunity to SARS-CoV-2 infection by mass vaccination, Lancet, Vol:396, ISSN:0140-6736, Pages:1614-1616

Lochen A, Croucher N, Anderson R, 2020, Divergent serotype replacement trends and increasing diversity in pneumococcal disease in high income settings reduce the benefit of expanding vaccine valency, Scientific Reports, Vol:10, ISSN:2045-2322

Oswald WE, Kepha S, Halliday KE, et al., 2020, Patterns of individual non-treatment during multiple rounds of mass drug administration for control of soil-transmitted helminths in the TUMIKIA trial, Kenya: a secondary longitudinal analysis, Lancet Global Health, Vol:8, ISSN:2214-109X, Pages:E1418-E1426

Celma CC, Beard S, Douglas A, et al., 2020, Retrospective analysis on confirmation rates for referred positive rotavirus samples in England, 2016 to 2017: implications for diagnosis and surveillance, Eurosurveillance, Vol:25

Collyer BS, Irvine MA, Hollingsworth TD, et al., 2020, Defining a prevalence level to describe the elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) transmission and designing monitoring & evaluating (M&E) programmes post the cessation of mass drug administration (MDA), Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases, Vol:14, ISSN:1935-2735

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