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Usher Annual Lecture and Showcase 2023: Thursday 21st September, 11am – 4pm

Usher Annual Lecture and Showcase 2023

11:00 am

McEwan Hall, The University of Edinburgh Teviot Place Edinburgh EH8 9AG

The Usher Institute is delighted to be welcoming Professor Susan Hopkins, UK Health Security Agency, to deliver this year’s Usher Annual Lecture:

Zeno’s Paradoxes and Pandemic Preparedness

We must learn to sustain and maintain public health and academic collaborations developed during the COVID-19 pandemic. These collaborations encompass basic science, epidemiology, data science and modelling, genomics and immunology capacity building. We saw the rewards of these partnerships through the responses to Monkeypox and severe hepatitis in children in 2022. This talk will use some of Zeno’s paradoxes to explore optimal readiness for future epidemics and pandemics working across the UK’s four public health agencies and academic groups.


Professor Susan Hopkins is the Chief Medical Advisor at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). In this capacity she leads the Clinical and Public Health Group, whose objective is to provide professional health security, clinical and public health leadership.

From 2020 to 2022, Susan served as Incident Director and subsequently National Strategic Response Director for COVID-19 in Public Health England and was the Chief Medical Advisor for NHS Test and Trace.

She is also a Professor of Infectious Diseases and Health Security at University College London and continues to work clinically as a consultant in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Usher Institute Annual Lecture

Draft programme

1030 – 1100 Registration open for in person attendees

1100 – 1200 Poster session and showcase display

1200 – Lunch

1230 – 1245 Welcome and introductions

1245 – 1315 Usher Showcase

1315 – 1415 Lecture / Q&A

1415 – 1430 Brief response to lecture/Vote of Thanks

1430 – 1500 Coffee

1500 – 1600 Poster session and showcase display

The lecture will be complemented by a showcase of work from across the Usher Institute.