Clinical Services Director – Public Health England
Dr Tim Brooks CBE is Head of the Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory (RIPL) at Public Health England, based at Porton Down in the UK. RIPL is a WHO collaborating laboratory for High Consequence Pathogens, and provides diagnostic and clinical advice for a wide range of unusual bacterial and viral pathogens. Tim Brooks is one of the leading partners in the national Imported Fever Service, which combines the clinical skills of the Liverpool and London Tropical Infectious Disease Hospitals with RIPL laboratory services The IFS offers a 24 hour service for acutely ill travellers arriving in the UK from anywhere in the world. His research interests range from environmental detection of micro organisms and clinical diagnostics, through aerobiology and decontamination, to disease pathogenesis and work for the European Space Agency. He led the PHE Ebola laboratories in Sierra Leone during the 2015 outbreak, and latterly in the surveillance phase in 2016.