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Distinguished Lecture Series

Welcoming leading minds from Australia and around the world
We are excited to launch the Sydney ID Distinguished Lecture Series: a special program that brings experts together and focuses on world-leading infectious diseases research.

Distinguished Lecture Series talks

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This webinar was held on Wednesday, 24 November 2021.

About the speaker

Professor Benjamin Cowling joined the School of Public Health at Hong Kong University in 2004 and has been the Head of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics since 2013. He is also the co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control. Prof Cowling’s research focus is infectious disease epidemiology. He has designed and implemented large field studies of influenza transmission in the community, also evaluating the effectiveness of control measures. His latest research has focused on COVID-19 transmission and control, influenza vaccination effectiveness, and the durability of immune protection at the individual and population level.

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This webinar was held on Friday, 10 September 2021. 

About the webinar

Co-hosted with the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), we welcomed Professor Sir Andrew Pollard for the first session in our Distinguished Lecture Series.

Professor Pollard drew on data from his own group and others to critically reflect on the lessons that the UK has learnt in dealing with COVID-19 and the delta variant of the SARS CoV-2 virus in particular.

About the speaker

Professor Andrew Pollard is Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group and led the paediatric infectious disease clinical service (2001-2021) at Oxford Children’s Hospital.

He was chief investigator of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine clinical trials in 2020, which led to authorisation of the vaccine for use in more than 170 countries.

Professor Pollard chairs the UK Department of Health and Social Care’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, is a member of WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts, and chaired the European Medicines Agency scientific advisory group on vaccines (2012–2020). 

He received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2021 for services to Public Health, especially in the pandemic.