Professor of Communicable Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Paul Fine trained originally in zoology, veterinary medicine, parasitology and epidemiology, and joined the staff of LSHTM in 1976.
His major methodological interests have been in infection dynamics, family studies, genetics, and the evaluation of vaccines (efficacy, adverse reactions and impact), applied to a variety of infections. Much of his earlier work concentrated upon vertical (from parent to progeny) transmission of infections and upon measles and pertussis in the UK. He directed a large epidemiological research programme (the "Karonga Prevention Study") in Malawi from 1978-2006, concentrating at first upon leprosy, then tuberculosis, and ultimately HIV, and including demographic surveillance, vaccine evaluation, and studies of other infections in a rural population in northern Malawi.
In recent years he has been involved in a variety of vaccine related issues, including evaluation of the transmissibility of oral polio vaccine virus and its implications for the global polio eradication programme, the optimisation of infant vaccination schedules, and methods to evaluate the field effectiveness of foot and mouth vaccines in Turkey and Iran.