Prof Paul Elliott, Group Leader from UK DRI at Imperial, has been awarded the prestigious Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the latest Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Prof Elliott is recognised for his services to scientific research in public health, including his vital role in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Prof Paul Elliott joined Imperial College London in 1995 as Chair in Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine. He has been Director of the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit since 1991, Director of the MRC Centre for Environment and Health at Imperial since 2009, and Director of the NIHR Health Protection Unit in Chemical and Radiation Threats and Hazards at Imperial since 2020. In 2018, Prof Elliott joined the UK DRI at Imperial to lead a programme of research linking genetic, epidemiology and metabolic factors to the development of dementia.
Following the outbreak of Covid-19 in the UK, Prof Elliott became the Director of the Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission (REACT) programme, which is using home testing of over a hundred thousand randomly selected individuals each month to track England’s epidemic, involving more than 2 million people to date.