Dame Anne Johnson


Prof. Dame Anne Johnson

Professor Dame Anne Johnson DBE PMedSci is the current President of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Dame Anne has had a distinguished career in epidemiology and public health, focusing on topics including HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, influenza and diagnostics for infectious diseases. 

She trained in medicine at the University of Cambridge and University of Newcastle, undertaking general practice training in Northumbria before completing a Masters in Epidemiology and Public  Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In the mid 1980s she joined Middlesex Hospital – later part of University College London (UCL) – at the start of the 1980s HIV epidemic, subsequently directing the Medical Research Council UK Centre for coordinating epidemiological studies of HIV/AIDS. She has since worked  at UCL for over 35 years. In 1990 she was funded to complete the UK's first National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles by Wellcome, work that has since been repeated every 10 years and continues to inform key policy on sexual health around the world. In 2010, she co-founded UCL’s cross-disciplinary Institute for Global Health and has many overseas collaborations.

She has served on many national and international advisory boards and is a former Governor of the Wellcome Trust, and former member of the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the UK Climate Change Committee.

She is currently Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at University College London and Co-Director of UCL Health of the Public. She is a member of the Royal Society’s Data Evaluation and Learning for Viral Epidemics (DELVE) group, a member of the SAGE transmission subgroup and Chair of the UK Committee for Strategic Coordination of Health of the Public Research (SCHOPR).