Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

Dr Jake Dunning, Honorary Visiting Research Fellow in Tropical Medicine (ERGO) and Deputy Programme Director for High Consequence Infectious Diseases, NHS England, is appointed MBE for services to Clinical Research. Dr Dunning led clinical trials during the terrible Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Jake Dunning wearing PPE and standing behind the fence in an Ebola healtcare facility hot zone
Dr Jake Dunning, Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours list. The award recognises his services to clinical research, particularly his contributions to Ebola research efforts. Jake joined the Epidemic diseases Research Group Oxford (ERGO) in October 2014, as part of the RAPIDE trial team studying potential treatments for Ebola virus disease in West Africa. The trials, led by Prof Peter Horby, evaluated two candidate drugs at Ebola treatment centres in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Jake was the Field Lead for the trials, based in West Africa, and worked with over 40 researchers from 10 countries, including doctors and nurses from the affected countries.
Following completion of the trials in 2015, Jake moved to a new full time post as Consultant in Infectious Diseases at the National Infection Service, Public Health England. However, he continues to work with ERGO on preparedness and response activities for outbreak research. Additionally, Jake is the NHS England Deputy Programme Director for High Consequence Infectious Diseases, which includes diseases such as viral haemorrhagic fever, avian influenza, and pneumonic plague. He also practises clinical infectious diseases at the Royal Free Hospital, London. Along with other trial team members, Jake received a British Government Ebola Service Medal in 2015, and his international colleagues were recognised with the award of Oxford Ebola service medals.
On receiving his award, Jake said "I am very grateful to have received this honour, mindful that I was part of a brilliant and dedicated team. Without the extraordinary support of colleagues in the field and in Oxford, these unique and very challenging trials would not have happened. We are now applying the skills and lessons learned to improving outbreak preparedness, response and research activities for high consequence infections, both overseas and in the UK. I am indebted to Peter Horby and the Centre, for having provided me with such an amazing opportunity.

The full story is available on the University of Oxford website

Similar stories

Congratulations new Associate Professors

Following the meeting of the Medical Sciences Divisional Committee to consider applications for the conferral of the title of Associate Professor, we are pleased to announce that Rashan Haniffa, Dorcas Kamuya, Isabella Oyier, Le Van Tan and Timothy Walker have been awarded the title Associate Professor

Systematic review identifies research gaps for Chagas disease

A new, large-scale systematic review published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases has identified clear, significant research gaps in the diagnosis and treatment of Chagas disease. The paper also highlights significant differences in study design, diagnostic methods, duration of follow-up, and the timing of outcome assessment used by investigators even in the last decade.

Oxford retains top spot in world rankings for sixth consecutive year

The University of Oxford remains top of the table in latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In a year dominated by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the rankings reflect the vital role of universities in understanding and managing the crisis as a number of institutions around the world saw significant boosts in their citation scores from Covid-19 focused research.

Royal Society Africa Prize 2021 awarded to George Warimwe

The Royal Society Africa Prize 2021 is awarded to Professor George Warimwe for his work on zoonoses vaccine development, capacity building in Africa, and his innovative research proposal. This Prize recognises research scientists based in Africa who are making an innovative contribution to the sciences.

The scale of the problem of visceral leishmaniasis in pregnancy is underestimated

Despite the limitations and paucity of data, the most comprehensive review of visceral leishmaniasis to date in pregnant women and vertical transmission of leishmaniasis has confirmed that liposomal amphotericin B is the safest treatment option and it is critical to ensure access to this.

RECOVERY Trial announced as overall winner of Best COVID-19 Response Project Award in the UK

The RECOVERY Trial has won the Project Management Institute’s Special Covid-19 UK Response Project Award. The award specifically recognised RECOVERY’s work to investigate whether the cheap steroid dexamethasone was an effective treatment for patients hospitalised with severe COVID-19.