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 directs a comprehensive childhood infection research program both in the UK and sub-saharan Africa and leads the Centre for International Child Health (CICH) at Imperial College London. 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.
In 2009 she was awarded an NIHR Senior Research Training Fellowship and 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 Biomedical Research Centre, and founded the Centre for International Child Health at Imperial College London.
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 pregnant women and infants to clinical trials of novel vaccines and adjuvants.
In 2009, Professor Kampmann founded the ptbnet, a European network of clinicians and scientists working together in childhood TB in now 21 countries on Europe.
She is author of over 150 peer reviewed publications and member of the Wellcome Trust Expert Review Group for Public Health and of the MRC Vaccine Advisory committee. 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 Research in Infectious Diseases (DZIF).
She is passionate about the supervision and mentorship of her large group of PhD students in both UK and Africa and was awarded the 2015 Imperial College President’s Medal for Excellence in research supervision.
Beate 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 work in close collaborations.