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City University London honours Professor David Heymann CBE for his contribution to healthcare

City University London has given an Award of Doctor of Science Honoris Causa to Professor David Heymann CBE, Chair of the Health Protection Agency, for his numerous contributions to public health globally.
by Hollie Jenkins

The honorary degree was presented by Professor Sue Procter, Deputy Dean (Education) in the School of Health Sciences at City University London at a recent Graduation ceremony for health sciences students held at The Barbican in London.

As well as his role as Chair of the Health Protection Agency, David is Head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House and Professor of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Previously he was the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Assistant Director-General for Health Security and Environment. He also represented the Director-General for polio eradication and was Executive Director of the WHO Communicable Diseases Cluster until 2003. He held the post of Director of the WHO Programme on Emerging and other Communicable Diseases from 1995 to 1998 and served as the Chief of research activities in the World Health Organisational Global Programme on AIDs until 1995.

Speaking at the ceremony, Professor Sue Procter highlighted Professor Heymann's work as a medical epidemiologist in sub-Saharan Africa investigating outbreaks of Ebola and in working to support ministers in designing and implementing programmes in infectious disease prevention and control.

Professor Procter said: "As well as these important achievements Professor Heymann has published over 140 scientific articles on infectious diseases and related issues in medical and scientific journals and authored several chapters on infectious diseases in medical textbooks. He is editor of the 19th edition of the Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, a joint publication of the WHO and American Public Health Association. This is the most widely recognised sourcebook on infectious diseases providing detailed, accurate informative text for public health workers in official and voluntary health agencies.

"Despite these achievements he still has time for networking and social activities and I was fortunate to meet Professor Heymann at a Chancellor's Dinner hosted by City University London, where his intelligent and insightful conversation made for a very informative and enlightening evening."

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