CBE for professor who helped global response to pandemic

CBE for professor who helped global response to pandemic

by Tom Martin (August 2022)

PROFESSOR Tom Solomon from Crosby has received his CBE from Princess Anne at a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace.

The University of Liverpool professor was included in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to Neurological and Emerging Infections Research, including during the coronavirus response.

Professor Solomon said: “I am truly honoured by this award, which reflects the tremendous support I have had from family and friends, plus the enormous efforts of a very large group of colleagues over many years.

“When I first started working on emerging infections in Asia 25 years ago, many people thought this was a rather esoteric and niche subject.

“But over the last two and a half years we have all seen the enormous impact such infections can have, and how important an area this is.”

After joining the University in 1998 from the University of Oxford, Professor Solomon established the multi-disciplinary Liverpool Brain Infections Group and was appointed Chair of Neurological Science in 2007.

He was recently appointed Director of The Pandemic Institute.

Internationally renowned for his expertise in encephalitis (inflammation and swelling of the brain), Professor Solomon’s research into mosquito-borne Japanese encephalitis was crucial to the success of World Health Organisation efforts to reduce the disease through vaccination in Asia.

As an advisor to the UK Government and WHO on emerging infections, he has played an important role in the response to Ebola, Zika and most recently Covid-19.



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