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Professor Gillian Smith

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Consultant Epidemiologist

Theme 4 - Novel technologies

Public Health England

Professor Smith works part-time as a consultant epidemiologist for the Public Health England Real-time Syndromic Surveillance Team. Until 2018, she was the national lead for syndromic surveillance, and established a ‘suite’ of national real time syndromic systems and a real time service 'de novo'.  Previously such syndromic surveillance did not exist in England. The systems provide information on community illness in ‘real time’ to support public health incidents such as pandemics; the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and mass gatherings; and flooding/ air pollution/ weather events. The national and local outputs from the above systems are widely used by PHE and other organisations.

Professor Smith has published widely, with the syndromic surveillance team, aiming to describe and develop the value that syndromic surveillance can provide for national and international public health. She have Honorary Professorships at the University of East Anglia and the University of Warwick.