Ben Cooper obtained a PhD in modelling transmission dynamics of healthcare-associated infections from Warwick University in 2000 and has held post-doctoral positions at UCL and the Harvard School of Public Health. He has also worked at the UK’s Health Protection Agency.
He has been based at the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok since 2010 and is an associate professor in the Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford. His work uses mathematical modelling and statistical techniques to help understand infectious disease dynamics and evaluate control measures. This involves developing mathematical models and data-driven approaches for the analysis of infectious disease data (increasingly making use of whole genome sequence data), and designing and analysing epidemiological studies.
Applications of previous work include SARS, MRSA, pandemic influenza, Ebola, and Hepatitis E. Current work focuses on multi-drug resistant Gram-negative bacterial infections and the use of adaptive trial designs in emerging epidemics.
Hilary Humphreys is Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Consultant Microbiologist in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin since 1998.
He has a longstanding research interest in hospital infections, and has led guideline development groups in the UK and Ireland on MRSA and infection prevention in the operating theatre room/theatre. In recent years, his research has focussed on the healthcare environment and the role it may play in healthcare infection causation and transmission. He is also collaborating with engineers and others in the evaluation of cold plasma as a decontamination technique.
He is Dean of the Faculty of Pathology at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) since 2016, Chair of the Irish Expert Group on Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriales, and up to 2017, was Chairman of the Irish Department of Health’s National Clinical Effectiveness Committee.