This year’s programme will be an exciting combination of invited Plenary Speakers, proffered papers and poster presentations.

We are delighted to happy to introduce you to our Speakers:

Michael McBride
Dr Michael McBride was appointed to the post of Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Health, in September 2006.
Prior to joining the department he had been Medical Director at the Royal Group of Hospitals from August 2002.
Dr McBride graduated with Distinction from Queen’s University Belfast in 1986 and completed his undergraduate and postgraduate training in Northern Ireland. In 1991 he attained a Research Fellowship at St Mary’s Medical School and Imperial College London, where he carried out research into new drug treatments for HIV.
Dr McBride has been a Consultant in the Health Service since 1994 when he was appointed Consultant Physician in HIV medicine at the Royal Group of Hospitals and has more than 10 years health service management experience.
He has a longstanding interest in continuing medical education and was Postgraduate Clinical Tutor in the Royal Group of Hospitals between 1996 and 2000 and Director of Education in the Royal Hospitals from 2000.

Lorraine Doherty
Dr Lorraine Doherty is an Assistant Regional Director of Public Health at the Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland. Lorraine is head of the Northern Ireland health protection service, a service dedicated to protecting the public from threats posed due to communicable diseases and other hazards. She has had a strong interest in communicable disease control throughout her career and also in preventing disease among the most vulnerable in society. In 2016 Lorraine launched the first All-Ireland report on Health Protection Inequalities in collaboration with the Institute of Public Health in Ireland. Lorraine has led the Northern Ireland preparedness arrangements and response to emerging infections and leads the Regional Improvement work programme on antimicrobial resistance and health care associated infections. She works in collaboration with the rest of the United Kingdom and the European Centres for Disease Control on training Field Epidemiologists to ensure we can provide a response globally to infectious diseases and other threats especially during times of crisis. She has a strong interest in global health
issues particularly as they relate to health protection. These include immunisation, emerging infections and building public health capacity. Dr Doherty is Vice Dean of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine in Ireland.

Andy Haines
AH was formerly Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for nearly 10 years until 2010 following an appointment as Professor of Primary Care at UCL. He was chair of the Rockefeller Foundation/Lancet Commission on Planetary Health and has been a member of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for three assessment exercises. His current research focuses on environmental change and human health.

Colin Brown
Colin Brown is an Infectious Disease & Medical Microbiology consultant working at Public Health England on a portfolio of respiratory, vaccine preventable, and emerging bacterial infections, and global health development. He was heavily involved in the clinical and public health response to Ebola in West Africa in 2014-16. He is currently the national incident director for the United Kingdom’s Candida auris response, and helps coordinate the reference diagnostic services and treatment advice for diphtheria patients in the UK. He is also an honorary consultant in Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology at the Royal Free Hospital, home to one of the UK’s two high level isolation units for managing infectious disease of high consequence.