Short CV/Education and training

  • Professor Beate Kampmann holds a Chair in Paediatric Infection & Immunity at Imperial College, London and was appointed as the Scientific Director (Theme Leader) for Vaccinology research at the MRC Unit-The Gambia in July 2010.

  • She trained as a paediatrician and clinician-scientist in Germany, France, Israel, UK, USA and South Africa.

  • She directs a comprehensive childhood infection research program both in the UK and sub-saharan Africa and holds an MRC Program Grant. In 2009 she was awarded an NIHR Senior Research Training Fellowship (the only awardee in that category in 2009) and has subsequently set up a research study and network for childhood tuberculosis involving 9 NHS Trusts in the UK. Recently, she has initiated a novel research program for maternal immunization at Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust, funded by Imperial BRC.

  • Professor Kampmann has extensive practical and research experience in childhood infection for over 15 years and brings an established funding track record as PI and co-applicant from major international funders for the conduct of laboratory-based and programmatic research in TB and Vaccinology in both resource-poor and resource rich settings. At the MRC Unit in The Gambia, she oversees all research activity in infant immunology, tuberculosis and molecular diagnostics, which ranges from basic research into innate and acquired immune responses to infection and vaccination in healthy and sick infants to clinical trials of novel vaccines and adjuvants.

  • In 2009, Professor Kampmann set up the ptbnet, a European network of clinicians and scientists working together in childhood TB in now 21 countries on Europe. She acts as an advisor on childhood TB and immunity to the NIH, the WHO, the European Respiratory Society and the British Paediatric Allergy, Infection & Immunity Group and chairs the scientific advisory committees of the German Centre for Translational Medicine (DZIF). She is passionate about the supervision and mentorship of her large group of PhD students in both UK and Africa with funding received from the Wellcome Trust, MRC, NIH, EDCTP, Thrasher Foundation and other sources. She remains clinically active as part of the Paeds ID team at Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust and divides her time between Imperial College and West Africa, having set up an “Open Lab” approach where science and personnel are closely aligned between both locations.

Selected publications

selected recent publications:

  • Grassly NC, Kang G, Kampmann B, 2015: Biological challenges to effective vaccines in the developing world, PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, Vol: 370, ISSN: 0962-8436

  • Roca A, Afolabi MO, Saidu Y, Kampmann B.: Ebola: A holistic approach is required to achieve effective management and control.

    J Allergy Clin Immunol.2015 Apr;135(4):856-67.

  • López-Varela E, García-Basteiro AL, Santiago B, Wagner D, van Ingen J, Kampmann B.: Non-tuberculous mycobacteria in children: muddying the waters of tuberculosis diagnosis. Lancet Respir Med. 2015 Mar;3(3):244-56

  • J ones CE, Hesseling AC, Tena-Coki NG, Scriba TJ, Chegou NN, Kidd M, Wilkinson RJ, Kampmann B 2015: The impact of HIV exposure and maternal Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection on infant immune responses to bacille Calmette-Guerin vaccination, AIDS, Vol: 29, Pages: 155-165.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Director of the Centre for International Child Health @ Imperial College, London

  • Maternal Immunisation- Senior NIHR investigator

  • Childhood tuberculosis- MRC Program grant holder

  • please see website for full profile of research activities

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the German centre for Translational Medicine (DZIF)

  • Chair of the SAB for the Wellcome Trust Unit Vietnam

  • Advisor on maternal immunisation strategies to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and industry

  • Member of the GAIA committee for developing case definitions for clinical endpoints- part of the Brighton Collaboration

  • Member of the STOP TB Childhood group WHO

  • Member of the steering committee for the Institute of Global health Innovation at Imperial College London

  • Member of the Advisory Board to the Wellcome Trust Centre for Global Health at Imperial College

  • Member of the European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases, ESPID

  • Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, RCPCH

Media coverage

  • My website has links to several podcasts which were done in conjunction with our research.

  • I have also appeared on national television and I am a member of the Media Panel a the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Additional qualifications

  • FRCPCH- Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health

  • DTM&H- Diploma in Tropical Medicien and Hygiene

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • When I am not in Africa, I live in Central London with my partner, Mr James Cusick and our son Sebastian.


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