alison eliott Prof. Alison Elliot is a Professor of Tropical Medicine and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, head of the Co-infection Studies research programme at the MRC/Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) Unit and director of the Makerere University – UVRI research training programme in Infection and Immunity.  She became interested in parasitology and research in Africa as an undergraduate and this interest was encouraged further, by an elective in The Gambia.  After completing medical training she joined the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and, during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, undertook studies on the interaction between tuberculosis and HIV infection in Zambia.  An infectious diseases fellowship in Denver, Colorado, followed, providing an opportunity to learn about management of MDR-TB and about laboratory immunology.  This enabled her to plan and conduct subsequent clinical-immuno-epidemiological studies.  Since 1997 she has been based in Uganda at the Uganda Virus Research Institute.  Current interests focus on interactions between co-infections, and on the effects of helminth infection on immune responses to vaccines and on infectious and allergic disease incidence in children in Uganda; and on research capacity building in Africa.

susan george Dr Susan George’s research interests in child health include understanding the risk factors for paediatric neuro-disability in resource poor settings, the social attitudes towards childhood neurological problems and understanding ways to develop sustainable, local solutions for children with neuro-disability through tapping into existing local networks & resources.

Her current research in Kilifi, Kenya, with Prof Brian Neville (University College London) and Prof Charles Newton (Univ of Oxford) investigates the neurodevelopmental consequences of possible severe bacterial infections in the neonatal period among children living in coastal Kenya. This is a collaborative work with Kenyan Medical Research Institute-Wellcome Trust Collaborative Research Programme (Kenya) and the Institute of Child Health at University College London.

Dr George’s interest in child neurology & neuro-disability stemmed from her experience during her community based research in childhood neuro-disability with Prof M C Mathews during her medical training at Christian Medical College- Vellore in South India. She undertook Paediatric training in Glasgow, Leicester and Newcastle upon Tyne, and is currently working as a Clinical fellow in Paediatric Neurology & Neurodisability at the Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust.

She also works with NGOs in Nepal and India, providing clinical advise on management of children with neurological problems.

Dr George has a Masters degree in Bioengineering, and has undertaken research work in collaboration with the Bioengineering Unit, Strathclyde University (Glasgow) and industrial partners Ineos ChlorVinyls, investigated the biocompatibility of beta cyclodextrin modified PVC bio-materials.


Patricia Kingori, PhD is a University Research Lecturer and is a Wellcome Trust Biomedical Society and Ethics Fellow at the Ethox Centre, University of Oxford. Patricia is a sociologist with particular interest in frontline practitioners of biomedical research such as fieldworkers, the everyday meaning of research and ethics in practice. Patricia is also interested in how research involving children navigates dilemmas and the types of solutions research practitioners identify as being useful in different contexts. This work has taken place in East Africa but has recently extended its focus to South East Asian and West African countries.

Patricia has also worked in UK healthcare settings and is currently involved in a study examining whether austerity measures have shaped the practice and values of frontline healthcare professionals in the UK. Her work has been published in Social Science and Medicine, Current Sociology and Anthropology and Medicine.

At the Ethox Centre, Patricia also teaches and supervises students.  As part of the her work on the Wellcome Trust Strategic Award, Patricia is involved in providing social science training and support to its five major overseas programmes in South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also part of the Global Health Bioethics Network. Email:

Anita Anita van den Biggelaar is originally from the Netherlands where she completed her Master in Biomedical Sciences and PhD at the Faculty of Medicine, Leiden University. She currently work at the Telethon Kids Institute, Perth, Australia.

Anita currently works as Centre Manager (Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases) & Sr Research Fellow.

Her current research focus is on maternal and neonatal vaccination strategies to induce the earliest possible protection against serious infectious diseases in infants in low-income countries.  She is involved in conductin proof-of-concept clinical studies including detailed state-of-the-art immunological evaluations to understand mechanisms of protection.

Her main focus of earlier work has been the characterizing of early life immune development in different environmental settings (affluent versus adverse) and the influence of in utero exposures. She is continuing this work with colleagues at the Telethon Kids Institute who are currently identifying in mice models the immunological mechanisms responsible for the detrimental inflammatory response induced by infections in pregnancy and the longitudinal consequences this has for the pregnancy, mothers, and pups. A next step is to confirm that the same immunological mechanisms apply to humans, and to translate this knowledge to new, simple interventions that can suppress harmful inflammatory response in pregnancy.