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Professor John Simpson

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Head of the Emergency Response Department & Deputy Director of the Health Protection Directorate at Public Health England

Theme 6 - Biomarkers in detection and triage

Public Health England

Professor John Simpson is Head of the Emergency Response Department and a Deputy Director of the Health Protection Directorate at Public Health England (PHE).

Formerly a consultant regional epidemiologist with the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, he graduated from University College London.

He has wide interest and expertise in chemical / biological deliberate release and is a World Health Organization advisor on emergency planning, bio-terrorism preparedness and is part of WHO Collaborating Centres on mass gatherings and extreme events and chemical incidents.

In his present post, John co-ordinates the strategic emergency response of PHE and leads on the provision of specialist advice on Emergency Planning, Resilience and Response (EPRR) and CBRN.

His department designs emergency planning training and exercises for the UK health community and also has a large research agenda on topics related to EPRR. John is also involved in multi-agency response and preparedness policy development in the UK.

On a personal basis he is currently involved in research into the psychological effects of large scale incidents on the population.