Prof. Kevin Mortimer
After obtaining my medical degree from the University of Cambridge with Distinctions in Medicine, Surgery and Pathology I continued my medical training in Nottingham where I completed a PhD in Respiratory Medicine and a NIHR Clinical Lecturership. In 2011 I completed an MSc in Clinical Trials at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and went on to take up a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine post at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). A key achievement during my Senior Clinical Lecturership was to secure funding from the Joint Global Health Trials scheme for a community-level cluster randomised controlled trial of a cleaner-burning biomass-fuelled cookstove on pneumonia in young children in Malawi - the Cooking And Pneumonia Study (CAPS). CAPS delivered to time and budget and was published in the Lancet within 3 months of the last participant follow-up visit. Shortly after securing funding for CAPS I was awarded a New Investigator Research Grant from the MRC which provided me with protected time to concentrate on CAPS and deliver on additional linked studies. Other grants and academic successes then followed and in 2016 I was promoted to Reader. I have been Deputy Director of the Collaboration for Applied Health Research and Delivery (CAHRD) since 2015 and acting Director since December 2016. In this role, I led the writing of a successful bid to establish a £7m NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Lung Health and TB in Africa at LSTM – IMPALA – of which I am now co-Deputy Director.