Professor John Oxford
Chair of Advisory Board
John Oxford is Emeritus Professor of Virology at St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Hospital, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is the founder of Retroscreen Virology now known as hVIVO, a leader in the field of vaccine and anti-viral clinical trials for the last 20 years, and Chairs the Advisory Board at Open Orphan plc. He has co-authored two standard texts: ‘Influenza, the Viruses and the Disease’ with Sir Charles Stuart-Harris and G.C. Schild and most recently ‘Human Virology, a Text for Students of Medicine, Dentistry and Microbiology’ now in its fifth edition, published by Oxford University Press. Professor Oxford has also published 250 scientific papers. His research interest is the pathogenicity of influenza, in particular the 1918 Spanish Influenza strain, which he combines with conducting clinical trials using new influenza vaccines and antiviral drugs. This research has been featured on science television programmes in the UK, USA, Germany and Holland. Of the many accolades awarded to him, some notable ones are communicator for the year for the flu pandemic by the Society of Applied Microbiology and top communicator by the Society of Journalists as well as a D.Sc for his research work on virology and as a science communicator. Professor Oxford appears regularly on Radio 4’s Today programme, BBC’s Newsnight and ITV and Channel 4 News talking about influenza. Ebola and, more recently, Coronavirus.