These volunteers are making short videos on TikTok and Instagram to explain their part in the vaccine effort.
Faith Uwadiae is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Francis Crick Institute in London. Her research is within the field of immunology and focuses on understanding the link between malaria and a type of cancer called Burkitt’s Lymphoma. She started her scientific career by pursuing a BSc in Biochemistry at King’s College London, before undertaking an MRes in Biomedical Research and a PhD in Immunology, both at Imperial College London.
Currently, Faith is also an Early Career Representative for the British Society of Immunology’s Forum, working to raise issues and ideas to create policy change to shape UK immunology. Faith is passionate about improving racial diversity in STEM and does whatever she can through university and public engagement lectures, events, articles and social media.
Outside of work, Faith spends her free time doing science in other ways: homebrewing beer and baking with a blog to document these food adventures. She is also obsessed with podcasts and recently became a lockdown cyclist – and she loves it.
Dr Partha Kar is a Consultant and National Specialty Advisor, Diabetes, NHS UK. Partha is part of the national team that undertook the data analysis around Covid-19, which subsequently contributed to vaccine prioritisation via JCVI, as well as risk tools such as Q-COVID risk tool developed by Oxford. Partha has also helped in developing information portals and language specific videos to help increase uptake of Covid-19 vaccines, by working with colleagues across the UK.
Partha is involved in diabetes care, and championing technology access in diabetes (Libre, CGM in Type 1 Diabetes). He has led work on interactions between HCPs and patients (“Language Matters”), pioneered online self-management programmes for diabetes, as well as being co-creator of TAD (Talking About Diabetes) and Type 1 Diabetes comic (Volume 1, 2 and 3). Partha is an avid user of social media to engage with patients and was recognised as a “Social media Pioneer” by HSJ in 2014. He also writes a monthly blog for the BMJ, has a personal blog (“Sugar and Spice: Wish all things were nice”) and a podcast (“Sweet Talking”). Partha was recently awarded an OBE for “services to Diabetes care”.
A huge fan of movies and an avid reader of comic books, Partha’s favourite food is Biriyani, but generally any good food, with a partiality towards Vietnamese too! He speaks English, Bengali and Hindi. Loves cricket and holidays where you do nothing.
Dr Paul Ian Cross is a subject matter expert in clinical trials at the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) in England. Paul leads on the development of learning materials for doctors, nurses, researchers and scientists involved in the research response to Covid-19 and is also a clinical trials auditor. He has a background in Microbiology and completed his Master’s degree and PhD at Cardiff University. Paul is involved in several science communication projects across healthcare and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education. Paul’s passion is writing STEM-inspired books and creating STEM content to introduce children and their families to the wonders of science.
Dr Kiran Morjaria is a junior doctor and comedian based in Manchester. He is working on the front line admitting and treating patients with Covid-19. In his spare time he volunteers at a Covid-19 vaccination hub as a vaccinator.
Kiran graduated from Leeds Medical School in 2017, where he was awarded the SPARK scholarship for enterprise, and is currently training to be a GP. He has performed comedy across the national circuit and continues to make medicine accessible and fun online.
Kiran’s big passion outside of medicine is comedy. He also enjoys staying active, he is a keen gym-goer, tennis player and vegetarian foodie.
Wasim A. P. Syed is a Pharmacy undergraduate student at the Ribeirão Preto School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of São Paulo. Currently, he has a Scientific Initiation scholarship from The Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and is studying the human TMPRSS2 protein, involved in the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection process. Wasim is also a science communicator at Vidya Academics and União Pró-Vacina where he carries out projects that fight fake news, especially around Covid-19 and vaccines.
Dineo and Matshidiso are demographers working at Wits Vaccines Infectious Disease Analytics (VIDA) Research unit in South Africa. They are screening and testing for Covid-19 in the township of Soweto and informal settlements in Thembelihle as part of a wider child health programme. They are assessing the impact of Covid-19 on community access to healthcare, livelihoods and education. Information that may help ensure distribution of a vaccine is as effective as possible.
Daniela Ferreira is a Professor of Vaccinology and the Head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, in the United Kingdom, one of the centers that verify the effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford. She currently leads several clinical studies for the development of vaccines against pneumonia and, recently, against the new Coronavirus.
Daniela has a Bachelor in Biological Sciences (2005) and a PhD in Immunology and Biotechnology (2009),both from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. From 2001 to 2009, she worked on the development of new vaccines against pneumococcus (the bacterium responsible for causing diseases such as meningitis, bacterial pneumonia and otitis media) at the Butantan Institute, in São Paulo.
During her PhD, she was awarded the Robert Austrian Research Award in Pneumococcal Vaccinology sponsored by the American pharmaceutical company Wyeth, to develop new mucosal vaccines. Daniela has published over 80 scientific articles on respiratory infections and vaccines and leads a £11M portfolio of clinical studies.
Dr Alex Bowmer is a medical anthropologist and a Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, working on understanding the social dynamics of epidemics and the facilitators and barriers to vaccine deployment in epidemic outbreaks. After completing his PhD, he has spent the past two years working on Ebola, Rift Valley Fever, Swine Fever, and now Covid-19.
Outside of his work on Covid-19, he also works in professional sport as a physical therapist and strength & conditioning coach with teams in the USA and UK.
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