Science in emergencies: UK lessons from Ebola

14 October 2015

The Science and Technology Committee examines the UK's preparedness and response to disease emergencies. The Committee also takes evidence on the Ebola vaccine and the challenges of clinical research during a disease outbreak.


Tuesday 20 October 2015, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 2.15pm

  • Professor Tom Solomon, Director, National Institute for Health Research, Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections, University of Liverpool
  • Professor Melissa Leach, Director, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
  • Professor George Griffin, Former Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens

At 2.55pm

  • Dr Ripley Ballou, Vice President and Head, GSK Vaccines Research and Development Centre, Rockville Maryland
  • Professor Adrian Hill, Director, The Jenner Institute, University of Oxford
  • Professor Trudie Lang, Head, The Global Health Network, University of Oxford

At 3.30pm

  • Dr Jeremy Farrar, Director, Wellcome Trust
  • Professor Chris Whitty, Professor of Public and International Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Purpose of the session

This session will examine the UK's preparedness and response to disease emergencies, with a particular focus on the provision of expert advice to Government during a disease outbreak.

The Committee will also take evidence on the development of an Ebola vaccine and consider some of the challenges of conducting clinical research during a disease outbreak

Further Information

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