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Professor Dame Anne Johnson receives Honorary Degree from University of York

Posted on 12 July 2018

Professor Dame Anne Johnson, an epidemiologist and public health expert who has dedicated her career to research into the prevention of infectious diseases including HIV, is to be awarded an Honorary Degree from the University.


Dame Anne Johnson will be awarded her degree as part of the Hull York Medical School graduation celebrations.

The University of York confers the honorary degree of Doctor of the University honoris causa on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society.

Dame Anne Johnson will be awarded her degree by Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Professor Deborah Smith, as part of the Hull York Medical School graduation celebrations on 12 July.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the School’s first graduating class, and brings the total number of doctors that have graduated since it was founded to 1,400.

After training in medicine at the Universities of Cambridge and Newcastle, Dame Anne Johnson is Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at University College London (UCL).

For over 30 years, she has worked in research on the epidemiology and prevention of HIV and sexually transmitted infections as well as other infectious diseases such as influenza, Ebola, and antimicrobial resistance.

 She co-directed the Medical Research Council UK Centre for Co-ordinating Epidemiological Studies of HIV and AIDS from 1985 until 1999 and was principal investigator on the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal), through which she maps the extent of the HIV epidemic and tracks changes in behaviour over time.

She co-founded UCL’s Institute for Global Health and has advised many national and international science organisations. She is currently Vice-President International of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a Governor of the Wellcome Trust.

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