Speakers

Stephen Gordon, Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Programme of Clinical Tropical Research, Blantyre, Malawi

Professor Ian Yang

Professor Stephen Gordon MA MD FRCP FRCPE DTM&H was educated at the University of Cambridge and trained in general medicine in Oxford, Zambia, and Belfast. He specialised in respiratory medicine in Sheffield (Clinical Lecturer) and completed Wellcome Trust Training and Career Development Fellowships studying susceptibility to pulmonary infections in Malawi. Stephen Gordon worked at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine from 2005 to 2015. He led the LSTM Respiratory Group who developed studies of the effect of biomass fuel smoke on defence against infection. An MRC Partnership grant (BREATHE Africa) currently links a large cook stove trial in Malawi with other studies of household air pollution in both the UK and Africa. Recent publications from the group also described the burden of chronic lung disease in Malawi and a Lancet Commission on Household Air Pollution. The Respiratory Group at LSTM also has themes of research targeting vaccine discovery and testing, pathogenesis, and the treatment of pneumococcal disease using human samples from both healthy volunteers and patients. The team developed an Experimental Human Pneumococcal Carriage (EHPC) model in which healthy volunteers were challenged with pneumococci in order to study the immunological correlates of carriage, protection, and clearance. Current work to exploit the EHPC model is underpinned by an MRC Programme grant. Stephen has recently taken up his appointment as Director of the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Programme of Clinical Tropical Research. Under his leadership, the MLW Programme will work with the College of Medicine and partners to develop leaders in translational research with substantial health impact in Malawi and the region.

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