Meet Prof Ibrahim Abubakar, the ABU Alumnus appointed Dean at University College London

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The University College London has appointed Prof Ibrahim Abubakar as the Dean of its Faculty of Population Health Sciences.

In a statement, UCL said the appointment will take effect from August 1, 2021.

The distinguished Abusite will take over from Professor Graham Hart, who has served as inaugural Dean since August 2011.

Who is Prof Ibrahim Abubakar?
Professor Ibrahim Abubakar
Professor Ibrahim Abubakar

Professor Ibrahim Abubakar FFPH FRCPE FRCP FMedSci is professor of infectious disease epidemiology at University College London and director of the UCL Institute for Global Health.

Prof Ibrahim Abubakar joined the University College London in 2012 where he was jointly appointed between the MRC Clinical Trials Unit and the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care as Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology.

In 2016, he was appointed Director of the Institute for Global Health and also served as Vice-Dean International and External Engagement for the faculty. Before his appointment at UCL, he led Public Health England’s successful tuberculosis control strategy.

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He is an NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) Senior Investigator and was elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2020 in recognition of his research in infectious disease epidemiology and migration and health.

His work focuses on the epidemiology, prevention, and treatment of infections including tuberculosis, hepatitides, HIV, and other common problems such as antimicrobial resistance and vaccine-preventable diseases, particularly among vulnerable populations.

He has published widely, including over 300 research papers, policy reports, book chapters, and textbooks. He has a strong commitment to equality and diversity, supporting excellence in education and research and tackling inequalities and social exclusion.

Professor Abubakar graduated in 1992 from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria with a degree in medicine.

He went on to specialize in public health, graduating with an MSc from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a DPH from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia, where he later worked as a Professor in Health Protection at the Norwich Medical School.

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He is the chair of the Wellcome Trust Population Health Expert Review Group and the Lancet Migration Initiative. He is an Advisory Board member of the Public Health Board of Open Society Foundation and of the MRC Global Health Board. He is also on the Editorial Board of the European Respiratory Journal and BMC Medicine.

He served as the chair of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Tuberculosis (STAG TB) from 2016 to 2019 and co-chaired the NICE TB guidelines development group, and was a board member, Africa Research Excellence Fund.

He is also a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and the Royal College of Physicians.

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