Dr Conall Watson
ERGO senior research fellow in vaccine epidemiology
- Consultant in Health Protection
- Project lead for Vaccine Efficacy Evaluation for Priority Emerging Diseases (VEEPED)
Conall is an infectious disease epidemiologist in the Epidemic Diseases Research Group, Oxford, and a consultant in health protection in Public Health England’s South East Centre.
His research interests are around emerging diseases which have the potential to be prevented through vaccination, and evidence-informed communicable disease control more broadly. During the 2014-2015 Ebola emergency, as part of a World Health Organization-led partnership, he jointly designed a novel “ring-vaccination” cluster randomised trial of the rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine. This demonstrated high efficacy in Guinea and led to wider deployment of the vaccine in West Africa and more recently in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Conall leads the Oxford component of a multi-institution NIHR project called VEEPED (Vaccine Efficacy Evaluation for Priority Emerging Diseases) which applies mathematical modelling and infectious disease epidemiology for the design of potential vaccine efficacy studies for emerging diseases. Conall is a member of the WHO R&D Blueprint for epidemic preparedness working group on vaccine trial designs.
Other interests include influenza control, typhoid fever control and serological surveillance of infectious diseases.
A cross-sectional seroepidemiological survey of typhoid fever in Fiji
Watson CH. et al, (2017), PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 11, e0005786 - e0005786
Zika seroprevalence declines and neutralizing antibodies wane in adults following outbreaks in French Polynesia and Fiji.
Henderson AD. et al, (2020), eLife, 9
Low chikungunya virus seroprevalence two years after emergence in Fiji.
Aubry M. et al, (2020), International journal of infectious diseases : IJID : official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, 90, 223 - 225
The Invisible Burden: Diagnosing and Combatting Typhoid Fever in Asia and Africa.
Pitzer VE. et al, (2019), Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, 69, S395 - S401
Sustained Low-Level Transmission of Zika and Chikungunya Viruses after Emergence in the Fiji Islands.
Kama M. et al, (2019), Emerging infectious diseases, 25, 1535 - 1538
Design of vaccine efficacy trials during public health emergencies
Dean NE. et al, (2019), Science Translational Medicine, 11, eaat0360 - eaat0360